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1861

 

The number of vessels lost this year is the largest of any one year thus far from this port, being fifteen. Number of lives, forty-four.
There were four vessels lost on Georges, three in the Bay of St. Lawrence, three Georgesmen in the harbor, one on Cape Cod, one at St. Mary’s, one at Ragged Island, one at Louisburg bar, and one at Cole Bay.

February

Frank Williams was lost overboard from schooner Daniel McPhee, on a trip to Western Banks.

Schooner Sweepstakes, lost on Georges, crew of eight men.
Schooner Susan Young was lost the same time, nine men.
Schooner H. M. Stanwood was probably lost in the same gale, crew of eight men.
Schooner White Swallow lost at the same time with nine men.

12th - Schooner Narragaugus, from St. Pierre, Miquelon, went ashore at St. Mary’s, near Guysboro and was lost. Crew saved. Owned by George Hughes.

16th - Schooner Telegraph, while returning from Georges, came into collision with the schooner M. C. Rowe, off Eastern Point, and, becoming unmanageable, went ashore near Norman’s Woe, and became a total loss. One of the crew, Emanuel Ferdinand, was drowned; the remainder were saved. Owned by Charles Parkhurst. Valued at $3,200; insured for $2,800.


March

Alfred Adams, lost overboard from schooner Lucille Curtis, on Georges.
William L. Elmore was lost on Georges from schooner Rival.
John Witham was lost about twenty-five miles off Eastern Point, from schooner Sparkling Wave, on a return trip from Georges.
Schooner St. Cloud, lost in March, on Cape Cod, while on a voyage from New York to Boston. Crew saved. Owned by George Steele. Valued at $3,800; insured for $3,000.

21st - Schooners Mary D. Babson and D. P. Gale drove out of the harbor in the severe gale and went ashore near "Old House Cove," where they became a total loss. The former was owned by H. Babson & Co., valued at $4,500; insured for $3,775, and the latter by David Parkhurst & Co. Valued at $4,600; insured for $4,000. Crews saved.


July

Schooner Rollo, Capt. Wm. E. Bambrick, sailed from this port for the Seal Island Ground, about the 23rd of May. Some three weeks after she put into Halifax, N. S., for a supply of provisions, and sailed again for the fishing grounds, since which time nothing has been heard from her.


August

Schooner Mohenie, while returning from the Bay, went ashore at Cape Sable, and became a total loss. Crew saved. Owned by David Parkhurst & Co. Valued at $3,450; insured for $3,150.


September

Schooner Coquette went ashore on the bar at Port Hood and became a total wreck. Crew saved. Owned by George F. Wonson and Bros. Valued at $3,200; insured for $2,800.

Schooner E. K. Kane went ashore at Liverpool, N. S., on her return trip from the Bay, and became a total loss. Crew saved. Owned by Pettingill & Cunningham. Valued at $3,400; insured for $2,800.

Schooner Republic, while returning from a trading voyage, went ashore at Ragged Island, and became a total loss. Crew saved. Owned by Charles Friend & Co. Valued at $2,500; insured for $2,000.


October

12th - Duncan McMullen and William French, left schooner Cynisca on the Banks to examine their trawls, and were never seen again.  McMullen was a single man, and a native of Harbor Bouche, Straits of Canso, N. S. French was a native of Poole, England, and leaves a wife and five children in this town, where he has resided for several years.


November

Joseph Skankling, lost in the Bay from schooner Lodi.


December

Schooner Ella Osborne went ashore at Cole Bay,  and became a total loss. Crew saved. Owned by Capt. John McMullen. Valued at $3,200; insured for $2,500.
James Clarey was lost from schooner General Butler, in the Gut of Canso.

24th -  Schooner R. H. Oakes went ashore on Louisburg Bar,  and became a total loss. Crew saved. Owned by Sinclair & Low. Valued at $6,000; insured for $5,000.

 

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