Melancholy and Afflective Dispensation
It is with the most painful feelings that we announce to the public the loss of a boat and two valuable lives: - the particulars as communicated to us by the unhappy survivor are as follows:- The boat, ROSE of Toronto, left Whitby for this port last Tuesday evening, with 110 barrels of lime, having on board Mr. William McCausland, senior, a Quaker, of Pickering; his son William, (the master,) and Mr. Thomas McGan, lime burner. When the boat had got about seven or eight miles out from land, a plank sprung loose in or near the bottom, and she began to sink fast. This was about two o'clock yesterday morning. The younger McCausland immediately awoke his father and the other man, but their joint efforts to keep her afloat proved unavailing. Mr. McGan had scarcely thrown out three or four shovelfuls of the lime, when the bows began to sink and he cried out, "The Lord have mercy upon us - the boat is going down."
After the vessel had disappeared the son caught hold of one of the hatches which had floated, and the father got on a plank. The latter stayed above water about half an hour, and spoke to his son, asking him very mildly how he was making out, perhaps about two minutes before a heavy swell struck him and he was seen no more. McGan hung on the the hatch with young McCausland for about two hours, complaining heavily and crying to heaven for mercy, at last, however he got chilled and stiff; caught hold of his companion and the hatch rolled over, they being on one side. They immediately went under the water, when McCausland fortunately got loose from the other's grip; regained the hatch with very great difficulty; and about nine o'clock in the morning reached the shore, below Mr. Bates's field in Scarboro." The boat was the property of J. & A. Anderson, Merchants of this place.
Colonial Advocate, York
Thursday, October 29, 1829