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Jane Anne Marsh (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1868

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The schooner ANN JANE MARSH, went ashore on the island near Toronto, west of the "Gap" on Friday night, the 4th of December, during a fierce gale. She was laden with 150 cords of wood.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 8, 1868 3-4

      Suffering And Rescue 0f The Crew
      On Friday evening last, the schooner ANN JANE MARSH, of Port Hope, went ashore on the Island, west of the "GAP". A violent storm was raging at the tine, and the sea broke heavily on the vessel, rendering it impossible for the unfortunate crew, seven in number, to make any attempt to reach the shore, they were therefore compelled to take refuge in the rigging, where the Captain and one of his men secured themselves with ropes, in such a manner as to preclude them being washed overboard:
      The remaining five retreated to the cabin, where they spent a night of most intense suffering, partially submerged in water, the suffering of the Captain and his companion in the rigging, were equally excruciating, for every wave that smote them left a penetrating moisture behind, which rapidly congealed and converted there garments into robes of ice, for hours afterwards the unfortunate beings, numbed by wind-water-frost and snow, kept there long and lonely vigil watching anxiously, but almost hopelessly, for the tardy dawn.
      Relief fortunately came with the daylight, as the wreck was seen about 7 o'clock on Saturday morning by Mr. David Ward sen, an old resident on the island who immediately dispatched his son William Ward and Robert Berry the champion oarsman to the assistance of the imperiled mariners.
      The first attempt to reach the wreck, was frustrated by the swamping of the boat containing the gallant rescuers, but a second attempt was more successful and resulted in the safe removal of two sufferers to the shore, faint and numb after the nights exposure. After two more trips to the wreck, and at the peril of their lives, the heroic Ward. and Berry succeeded in rescuing the remainder of the crew, all of whom, were, to a degree exhausted, and three totally prostrate, by the perils and fatigues through which they had passed. The sufferers were conveyed to Mr. Wards house, whither the three most exhausted had to be assisted, they were well cared for, and it is thought a few days rest will restore them to there wanted strength and vigor.
      The ultimate of the vessel, which has laden with 150 cords of wood, is still undecided, but the probability is that she will be totally lost, together with her cargo, It appears that the heavy snow storm, which prevailed at the time, was the primary cause of her wreck, and prevented her Captain from ascertaining her whereabouts, and he was watching for a sign of the light-house at the time the vessel struck. The first warning of danger, which he received being, several preliminary bumps on the schooners keel upon the bottom, before she became firmly stranded about 300 yds. from shore on the lake side of the Island.
      Ward and Berry deserve great credit for there courage in greatly imperiling there own lives, to rescue the exhausted seamen:
      Toronto Globe
      Monday, December 7, 1868

NOTE:-- proper name JANE ANN MARSH

Schooner JANE ANN MARSH, of Port Hope, bound from Frederickburg to Toronto, stranded in a snow storm on Gibraltar Point, Toronto, on December 4, 1868. No lives lost.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries, 1869

Schooner ANN JANE MARSH, of 257 tons, built Port Hope, Ont., 1850 by N. Collins. Renamed 1866 to JANE ANN MARSH.
      Herman Runge Note

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Reason: aground
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Freight: wood
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
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Jane Anne Marsh (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1868