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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Aug. 11, 1917

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Services at Belleville - Memorial for the Victims of the Schooner Marsh Will be Held Tomorrow Night.

Kingston, Ont. , Aug. 11. - A memorial service for the twelve victims of the wrecked schooner George A. Marsh will be held in St. Thomas's church, Belleville, on Sunday evening at seven o'clock.

Yesterday, Neil McLennan, one of the survivors, arrived here to arrange for the funerals of the two victims whose bodies have been recovered, George Greaves and Greta Smith. The former's body will go to Toronto, while that of the little Smith girl was sent to Belleville today.

The late Captain J. W. Smiths two children, who are the sole survivors of a family of nine, are still in Belleville. Questioned as to their condition, Mr. McLennan said that they were bearing up wonderfully under their great burden of sorrow. The young girl has just recently left a hospital in Belleville, but, nevertheless, is displaying remarkable fortitude as is her brother, Horace.

William Smith, the other survivor, who is a brother of the deceased captain, is not so well. He seems to be in the same dazed condition and cannot yet realize what has happened.

A report from Belleville today says that the Marsh was owned by J. J. B. Flint of that city. He purchased the vessel at Chicago four years ago, and sent Captain Smith to Chicago to bring the boat down. Captain Smith had an interest in the vessel, which was valued at $5,500. Mr. Flint's loss will be a serious one, as there was no insurance, except against fire. Mr. Flint stated that the vessel was equipped with a large motor-boat besides the usual lifeboats, but the storm was so severe that no small boat could live in it. There is said to have been no life-belts on the lost schooner.

Other Wrecks Recalled.

Belleville, Ont. , Aug. 11 - The nearest approach in this vicinity to the disaster which occurred Wednesday morning in the sinking of the George A. Marsh, happened a little over ten years ago when the schooner Jessie Breck was sunk near Nine Mile Point in a storm somewhat similar to that of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The Breck was loaded with timber and was headed for the upper lakes when one of her hatches gave way and she commenced to take water rapidly.

She went down quickly and the entire crew of ten, including Captain Maskie and his two brothers, of Wolfe Island, were drowned. The Breck was owned by Luther Breck, Captain Booth and Captain Maloney, of this city. Old mariners in recalling the disaster stated that it was the only one in recent years to occur in the vicinity, and the death of Captain Maskie and his brothers was greatly mourned in the city where they were very well known.

Another lamentable disaster which occurred several years ago on Lake Ontario was the wreck of the schooner Picton in which Captain Sidley and his crew, all from Belleville, perished. After a heavy western gale, the schooner Annandale, with coal for Kingston, left Charlotte on a Sunday, heading for the lower gap. The Picton, which was a very old craft, left shortly after with coal for Belleville, heading for the upper gap, and was consequently almost in the trough of the sea. She was seen from the Annandale to be laboring very heavily and when a few miles from land she foundered. the Annandale reached Kingston safely, but was badly shaken up.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Aug. 11, 1917