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William Jamieson (Schooner), C75912, sunk, 15 May 1923

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Picton, May 15. -- The schooner WILLIAM JAMIESON, Captain Patrick McManus, bound for this port, loaded with coal, was beached in the Bay of Quinte, in the gale which swept lower Lake Ontario today. Thee crew are all safe.
      Toronto Globe
      Wednesday,May 16,1923

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Kingston May I6.-- Battered by the heavy wind and waves of Monday night the schooner JAMIESON of Picton, sprang a leak at the outer Ducks and attempting to run through the 'gap' to safety went down in 40 feet of water in the Upper Gap, about 2 miles off Amherst
      A heavy squall came up and the vessel sprung a leak and the mast broke away. The members of the crew, were in addition to Captain Savage, Captain McManus, part owner with Captain Savage; Richard Woodcock and Chalmer Hafkeil (.?), deckhands and Mrs. Michael Tierney, cook, all belonging to Picton. They succeeded in reaching land in the ships lifeboat after a hazardous struggle
      Toronto GLOBE
      Thursday, May 17, 1923

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      May I5th, 1923, the fore `n' after schooner Wm. JAMIESON was lost off the north shore of Amherst Island, under the command of Patrick McManus, Picton.
      She was riding low in the water with some 550 tons of hard coal out of Oswego, when she began to leak while nearing the Main Duck Island.
      Captain McManus ordered his four man crew and woman cook to abandon the sinking vessel, and they managed to get into the lifeboat minutes before the ship disappeared below the surface of the lake with it's cargo of coal.
      Mrs. Moreen O'Neil of Picton, daughter of Captain McManus, remembers her father's blistered hands when he came home. A sister of Mrs. O'Neil, is Mrs. Fred Juby, of Picton, who survives the captain of the ill-fated vessel.
      Mr. W. H. Hall of Bath, was an eye-witness to the sinking. The masts of the JAMIESON projected from her 80 foot grave and a deep sea diver attempted to salvage the cargo. The hatches were blasted away, but no coal was recovered.
      The masts were cut away as they were a hazard to shipping, the schooner lies in the ship channel between Kingston and Belleville still used today. She is less than four miles from the wreck of the CITY OF SHEBOYGAN which went down 1915.
      The vessel lay for years forgotten, until Lloyd Shales' depth recorder, "picked her up" July 31st. Miss Barbara Carson, Jobn Britwhistle and Ronald Hughes helped pin point the location and then all four Aqua Fin Club members went over the side. A brass compass which the 197 ton JAMIESON chartered her way on the lakes for 45 years, was one of the prize relics recovered, along with a steam whistle, lantern, bell, glasses and crockery.
      Mr. Charles said the hull is well preserved because it lies in an area free from wave action. "The bow is shattered. It appears she dove by the head and broke her bow with the impact on the bottom".
      The WM. JAMIESON was built in Deseronto 1878, by Jamieson. In 1892 she was owned by McClelland & Co, of Whitby. New Decks 1889, Foremast 1890.
      by Willis Metcalfe

NOTE A Picture of the JAMIESON is printed in the book

Schooner WILLIAM JAMIESON. Official Canada No. 75912. Of 143 tons Register. Built at Mill Point, Ont., in 1878. Home port, Whitby, Ont. 100.0 x 25.4 x 8.6 Owned by D. Galbraith, M. O. of Whitby, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1902

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Reason: sunk
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Freight: coal
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    Latitude: 44.132222 Longitude: -76.727777
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William Jamieson (Schooner), C75912, sunk, 15 May 1923