1772 Hurricane Damage in the Basseterre Area
Selections from An Account of the Late Dreadful Hurricane which happened on the 31st August 1772 also the Damage done in the islands of St. Christopher and Nevis, attempted to be Ascertained  (1772) that refer to properties that are now part of the town of Basseterre.


The Court House in Basseterre torn from its foundations, the lumber of which was sold for 50 l. currency, though the building cost the country a thousand pounds sterling.

Church partly unroofed; the parsonage house greatly injured, the new fences carried entirely away, most of the out houses either destroyed or overset, and the church yard gates broken to pieces.  It is imagined the repairs will not cost less than two hundred pounds.

Stedman Rawlins, Esq. – Mornes
Dwelling house on the hill, consisting of a hall and three chambers, newly built, with most of the valuable furniture in it reduced almost to atoms, boiling house partly unroofed, kitchen, steward room, still house shade, roof of long store and mule pen all down; one mule killed; a chamber of the mansion house ripped up and the porch partly unroofed.  Boiling house curing house, and still house at the lower works destroyed; all the Negro houses swept away and the crop considerably injured.

Mr. Bowman the manager lost in sundries to the amount of 60 l.

Mr. Lucas (late Coleman) – Mornes
Boiling house, curing house, and still house partly unroofed, and greatly damaged; overseer’s house down, many out buildings stripped, all the Negro houses destroyed, and the crop much hurt.

Captain Beach’s new house on the hill was torn in pieces, and almost the whole of his furniture destroyed.

Mr. Richard Parry, overseer and distiller, lost in furniture, apparel, and other things, to the amount of 60 l.

John St. Leger Douglas, Esq. – College
Dwelling house, woura house, store and sick house levelled with the ground; roofs of the coopers shop and stable blown into a cane piece; part of the stone wall of the mule and cattle pen thrown down, the whole of which damage cannot be repaired for less than 
500 l.

The crop is greatly damaged, for it is imagined it cannot have suffered less than 60 hogsheads.

Mr. Duncan McDougall, the manager, lost books, furniture, &c. 50 l.  This gentleman was tossed into the mule pen by the gale.

Timothy Earl,  Esq. – Laguerettes and Mornes
Two boiling houses, two curing houses, one still house, with some other buildings, destroyed, which together with 70 hogsheads of sugar, which the crop is likely to fall short, will amount to 3000 l.

Abednego Mathew, Esq.
Stable, mule shed, overseer’s house and all the Negro Houses down.  The crop has suffered about 70 hogsheads.

William Woodley, Esq. – Greenland
Buildings damaged, and the crop injured, to the amount of 1200 l.

Patrick Blake, Esq. – Diamond
Wind mill, boiling house, and still house a little stripped; trash house and all the negro houses but one, destroyed.  The crop a good deal damaged.

George Taylor, Esq.
Roof of the stable blown away, and five horses killed, round house of the mill hurt, and some shingles blown from the other buildings.  The crop has suffered considerably.

William Bates Picklington, Esq. the manager, lost in sundries 100 l. besides some houses in town which were damaged, particularly the store of Messrs Sharry and Sanderson, whose roof was carried into the street.

Hon. Richard Hawshaw Losack, Esq.
Buildings very little hurt, but all the Negro houses, except one or two, demolished; and the crop has the appearance of not suffering more than about fourteen or fifteen hogsheads.

 
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