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Emma (Sloop), capsized, 5 Oct 1852

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By a private letter from A. NcNab, Esq., of Southampton, to W. A. Stephens Esq., of this Town, we learn that a most melancholy accident occurred on take Huron, a short distance below Chantry Island. The Sloop EMMA of Kincardine left Southampton on the 4th inst., for Goderich, and soon after sprung a leak. As the water gained upon her, she was put about, the Captain intending to reach this harbour, but painful to say she was struck by a heavy sea which laid her on her beam ends; fortunately she was seen going over by persons on shore.
Two boats were immediately sent out, and succeeded in saving six men and one woman; four were drowned.
      Saved,- Rev. Mr. Crawford, Free Church; Mr. J. Belcher, formerly of Dundas street; Mrs. Morrison, Mr. Belcher's daughter; Geo. Swanson, of Goderich; Capt. Murray, owner of the sloop, and two hands.
      Drowned.- Mr. Morrison of Cooksville lately married to Mr. Belcher's daughter; J. Wright of Goderich; the cook of the vessel, and a person named tillie, from Toronto.
      Owen Sound Comet
      Friday, October 8, 1852

      It is again our painful duty to record one of those distressing calamities which occur nearly every fall with such fatal certainty upon the coasts of our northern townships. The Sloop EMMA of Goderich owned we believe by Mr. J. Murray, the captain, and Mr. William Pastall, Merchant of Kincardine, sprung a leak when about 16 miles from Saugeen, the water continuing to gain, it was concluded to put about, after running back about 12 miles, the vessel became quite waterlogged, and capsized at the distance of about four miles from the shore. At the time of the accident there were eleven persons on board, four of whom were drowned. The seven persons who were saved succeeded in clinging to the capsized hull for about three hours, when they were fortunately relieved from their perilous situation by the arrival of boats from Saugeen. We are informed that the boat-men who came to the rescue exerted themselves in the most praiseworthy manner. The names of the drowned individuals are:- Josenh Wright, Township of Goderich, Farmer; John Morrison, from Cooksville, Saddler; Thomas Leslie, blacksmith, from Toronto; and a boy named John McKenzie, of Kincardine. Those saved were J. Murray, Captain; J. Havener, sailor; Mr. J. Belcher; Rev. Mr. Crawford, Free Church Minister; George Swanson, of Goderich and Mrs. Morrison, who was wife of John Morrison above mentioned as drowned. She had only been married about ten days and was thus early called to mourn in early widowhood for her dire bereavement. We trust that this addition to the catalogue of Lake misfortunes will not be without its influence upon the conduct of our hardy and adventurous boat-men, who we trust will watch with increased prudence over the conditions and management of their frail craft.
      Goderich Huron Signal
      Thursday, October 14, 1852

      Melancholy Accident on Lake Huron.
      An accident of a fatal character occurrred lately on Lake Huron, by which four persons lost their lives. It appears the sloop EMMA of Kincardine, left Southampton on the 4th inst. for Goderich, but shortly after passing Chantry Island she sprung a leak, upon which the captain had her put about, with the intention of running her back to Southampton. She had proceeded but a short distance however, when she was struck by a heavy sea which threw her on her beam ends. This catastrophe was fortunately witnessed by several persons on shore; and two boats were immediately sent out. The crews of which succeeded in saving six men and a woman - the rest, four in number were drowned.
      Barrie Herald
      October 27, 1852

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    Latitude: 44.49 Longitude: -81.403055
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Emma (Sloop), capsized, 5 Oct 1852