“The Shooting Star”


A Halifax policeman is murdered on board of the Shooting Star. He has a summons for the captain but sailor Burdell stabs him. The captain and ship get away but "they caught Burdel at Boston and gave him fourteen years"


"The affair of the 'Shooting Star' took place in Halifax, November 1861. Policeman's name was Gardner ... stabbed by Edgar Burdell.... vessel ... ran ashore below George's Island & Burdell was arrested." (Source: Smith/Hatt) - BS


  1. Smith/Hatt, pp. 74-75, "The Shooting Star" (1 text)
  2. Roud #1973
  3. BI, SmHa074


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1883 (Smith/Hatt)
Found in: Canada(Mar)