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The Mystery of the First ‘Lizzie Morrow’

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The Mystery of the First Lizzie Morrow

George Morrow was born in 1801, and immigrated to New Brunswick from Ireland in 1819. He became a friend of Daniel Wood of French Lake and, in 1828, married Daniel’s daughter Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wood.

George and Daniel were business associates, and George went on to become the wealthiest merchant in the area with thousands of acres of forest land and several saw mills. Eugene Campbell wrote that George got his start from money that Elizabeth brought into the marriage, but I do not know if this is true. George would likely have done well under any circumstances. George died in 1868 and his memory is faded out of sight, but we know that he was an important personality in the history of French Lake because there is still a Morrow bridge, a Morrow Pond, a Morrow Road, and many other features to remind us of his presence. The story of George’s life is told in a separate article also in this blog.

Harold Kimball said in his book A History of Oromocto that George had at least two schooners working the West Indies trade and that one of the schooners was named The Lizzie Morrow, after his wife. I believe that this is correct but have found no records of such a schooner.

George and Lizzie had two surviving sons and one daughter. One of the sons was George Daniel Morrow (1835-1897).

A ship by the name of The Lizzie Morrow was launched by its builder, George Daniel Morrow, at Oromocto on June 11, 1864. It was a three-masted barque, 144 feet long and 32 feet wide with a 19 foot depth of hold and 584 registered tons. George Daniel Morrow had a 50% share of the vessel, and James and Thomas Robinson of Saint John each had a 25% interest. They owned the ship for about nine years before selling it to German interests in 1873.

And so, this is the mystery: Can anyone find any official record or corroborating stories of the original schooner belonging to the elder George Morrow? 

 George Daniel Morrow’s Barque, The Lizzie Morrow


Written by johnwood1946

November 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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  1. There is an article I read about the Lamport and Holt shipping line that acquired a barque, the Elizabeth Morrow built in New Brunswick in 1857, she was a vessel of 394 tons. Lamport and Holt are one of Liverpool’s best know shipping companies. Perhaps she was referred to as the Lizzie Morrow instead of the Elizabeth Morrow?

    Donna van Eeghen

    November 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  2. Hi John,
    It’s a long time since your posting, but I requested my 3x great grandfathers records “Captains Registers MS 18567” from the LMA in London from an AGRA researcher, which arrived today.
    In 1872 John Perry was the Master of “Lizzie Morrow” – No 58570, from United States to Liverpool, England August 13th 1872 to August 19th 1872.
    I assume the No 58570 was the ships number.
    Hope this helps,


    February 9, 2015 at 8:56 PM

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