We, the undersigned hereby certify that we took from the wreck of the schooner ANN, of Hamilton, U.C., her crew, consisting of five persons, viz.: John Beedal, Capt. Robert Eclin ?, John McHanery, Thomas Smith, Thomas Heslipe. She left Hamilton Sunday, Nov. 29th at 2 o'clock P.M., bound for Kingston, freighted with 2257 bushels wheat, owned by A.T. Kirby, of Flamboro' U.C. The schooner was owned by Charles Gunn, of Hamilton.
At the time the squall struck her, she lay off Cobourg, (Monday 2 o'clock) which carried away her foresail boom jibbs, bulwarks and stanchions. At half past ten in the evening it was discovered that she had sprung a leak and likewise had lost her yawl. When she was first discovered from land, she lay off the mouth of Big Sandy Creek, some ten miles from land, at the mercy of the waves. At two o'clock Tuesday afternoon she had drifted within about six miles of land, when the undersigned ventured with a small boat to the wreck. The hands were engaged at the time we reached her, throwing her cargo overboard, those that could be spared from the pumps. At about half past four we left the wreck. The hands were almost exhausted, having had no respite from Monday 2 o'clock. We reached the shore about six in the evening, with the crew, after a dangerous and laborious attempt of four hours. Our boat came near filling twice by the breakers dashing over her.
Wm. Smith. S. Wood. J.G. Ireland. S. Smith. E. Wood. Woodville ---- Watertown Jefferson, Dec. 2nd, 1840.
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
January 5, 1841
(Contributed by Rick Neilson)