SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE.
The schooner BEVERLY left this port on the afternoon of Thursday the 11 inst. for the purpose of bringing in fish from the Islands. About 9 O'Clock it was found that there was a good deal of water in her hold, when recourse was had to the pump, which however was fouled, tho' it was in good order when she left Owen Sound.
The vessel was then put upon an even keel and run before the wind, in the hope that the water would not go in so fast, and that the pump could be put in working order.
She continued to fill fast, when the hands tried to launch the Jolly boat, but were unable to do so, it being full of water, and the vessel having filled more rapidly as the water filled, sank almost instantly, carrying down three men - Donald McPherson, John Platt and Duncan McArthur - the first named leaves a wife and 7 children to mourne his untimely end, the other two were single men in the prime of life.
At the moment she sank, one of the hands, Richard Stringer threw himself into a small skiff, just as a hugh wave carried it overboard and he drifted two days and two nights, until he was carried nearly to Penetanguishene. The place where the vessel sank was about ten miles from Cabot Head., a furious hurricane was blowing at the time. The vessel was considered one of the safest on the Lake for her size and was owned by Mr. George Newcombe, value 1,000 Dollars.
A subscription in aid of Mrs. McPherson was taken up throughout the town, the liberality of which testifies the sympathy felt for the unfortunate widow and, her helpless charge ---- Owen Sound Times, Dec. 28, 1856
January 6, 1857