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Emily (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1862


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The Schooner EMILY of Owen Sound was wrecked near Sandy Island, Georgian Bay, on the 4th. inst. We take the captains statement from the Owen Sound Times: -
He says-"We left Parry Sound for Collingwood on the Friday 3rd. October with a cargo of lumber and two span of horses, we got in the lee of Sandy Island that night and cast anchor, the wind blowing from the South West. On Saturday, the wind a perfect hurricane, and we were compelled to cast both anchors. The wind then shifted to the West, she rode all night until the wind shifted to the North West, when the cables parted, we tried to make sail, but the sails were no sooner hoisted than they were blown off the hanks, she drifted on to the rocks, within about a quarter of a mile off the Island.
I then took off my coat, vest and such clothing that would impede my progress in swimming (the small boat being disabled and useless) and taking hold of one end of a line in my mouth, swam for the shore, the sea at the time being very high, carried me back three times with it, but I finally made the shore. The line I made fast to a tree, then swam back to the wreck, and brought another line ashore, by which means I got the crew, two loaves of bread and some blankets off the wreck. The horses swam ashore about 6 o'clock in the evening, we remained on the island all night, the rain falling and the wind blowing very hard. In the morning (Sunday) we went to see what had become of the wreck and found that her stern had been smashed in and otherwise so badly injured as to be completely useless. I then fastened the stern of the small boat together with a rope, and with the aid of the bread and some tar, managed to rig her and paddled her back to Parry Sound, a distance of fifteen miles and got a boat, with the assistance of which we managed to save the horses, lumber and a part of the rigging."
      Toronto Globe,
      October 21, 1862

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      Port of Goderich Shipping Register

Register Number............... Two
Name......................... EMILY
Description................... Schooner
Where she belongs........... Goderich
Tonnage....................... 30 Tons
Master's name................. David Hay
When built.................... 1850
Where built................... Goderich
Builders Name & date of certificate:- George Ford; 12 July 1850

Description of vessel:-
Length.................. 50 feet
Breadth.................12 feet & 4/10ths.
Depth of hold.......... 6 feet
Masts................... Two
Stern................... Square
Decks................... Flush
Bowsprit................ Standing
Figure-head............None
How rigged.............Schooner
How built...............Carvel

Subscribing Owners:- George Ford, Goderich, ships carpenter. Non Subscribing Owners:- David Hay, Goderich, Mariner and
Alex McGregon, Goderich, Mariner.(Oct.5, 1852 sold by Ford et.al. to Duncan Rowan, Goderich. Sept. 25, 1858 Bill of sale,
John Murray, Goderich to Charles G--?-- .
      Noted as WRECKED

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1862
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Local identifier:
McN.W.12417
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.270555 Longitude: -80.265277
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Emily (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1862