The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jan 1862

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p.2 Fearful Accident at Lachine - blaster killed working on Lachine Canal. [Pilot]

p.3 Loss of a Schooner on the Georgian Bay - We are sorry to have to record the wreck of the schooner Isabella Ainslie of Leith, C.W. She left Leith on the morning of Thursday, the 27th Dec., with a light breeze from S., which gradually freshened during the day, and about 6 P.M. (about half-way between Cabots Head and Lonely Island) the wind hauled round to W.N.W. and blew a perfect hurricane, rendering it impossible to keep any canvas on the vessel. At about four p.m. on Friday a sea struck the vessel, threw her on her beam ends, and washed the galley and boat overboard. However, after lying in that position for about 30 seconds, she slowly righted. About half an hour before daylight she was blown ashore on a reef of rocks, about seven miles north of the Limestone Islands which we understand the captain has named "St. Margaret's Bay," after his wife who happened to be on board at the time, and who showed the utmost coolness and self possession throughout the trying scene, though perfectly well aware of her extreme danger. Everything was done, both by the captain and crew, to arrest the catastrophe before and to preserve the vessel after she struck, and some hopes are entertained that she may be got off in the spring. There were on board Captain Whittey and his wife, John Michaw, H. Thebo, P. May and crew.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jan 1862