Information on a small circus menagerie
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“I am looking for information on a small circus menagerie that spent several days in Fredericton mid July or so in 1836. It was supposed to be there 13-16 July but perhaps it was later due to delays. It was coming from St. John, Gagetown and Oromocto. Specifically, I am seeking information on the types of animals, the acts performed, what was in the omnibus and details on some wax figures.
All this is for a book on the burning of the “Royal Tar” steamship which was carrying this menagerie back to Portland from St. John with the loss of the animals and 32 passengers. I have no need for any information on the actual disaster!
I am having difficulty ascertaining information on the vessel itself as to construction details, steam engine manufacturer, and so on. She was built in Carleton and launched on 5 November 1835. I paid a visit to the St. John library last month and searched newspaper accounts for that period and only came upon a mention of the launch date. Any information in this area would also be appreciated.”