Historians are trying to find out what happened to residents of a lost County Down village who set sail from Strangford 160 years ago.They were from Audley's Town and lived in the shadow of the stately home of Castleward. Up until the middle of the 19th century, about 250 people lived in Audley's Town. The 25 families were tenants on the Castleward estate.
The villagers were put on a boat to America and one theory is, is that once evicted, their homes were torn down because their settlement was ruining the view of the then 'lord and lady' of the manor.
The Rose had passengers like the Hinds, Smyths and O'Connors, but there is no record of them or the boat arriving in the US.
It could have sailed elsewhere, but was it ever destined for the US?
Was it lost at sea, or more sinisterly, was the human cargo thrown overboard when the vessel left the lough?