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Pigeon Shoal, ON (Lake Ontario) Schooner GEORGE A. MARSH Wreck, Aug 1917

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TWELVE DIE WHEN LAKE BOAT SINKS.

SCHOONER FOUNDERS IN HEAVY GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO -- CAPTAIN'S FAMILY PERISHES.

Kingston, Ont., Aug. 8. -- Eleven persons have been drowned and a child died of exposure in Lake Ontario today when the coal schooner George A. Marsh, of Belleville, Ont., foundered in a heavy gale on the voyage from Oswego, N.Y., to Kingston. The lighthouse keeper at Simcoe Island reported the disaster.
The schooner was coming to Rockwood hospital from Oswego.
Those who perished were Captain SMITH, his wife and five children, MR. and MRS. McCLENNAN and one child, WILLIAM WATKINS, mate, and GEORGE COUOSINS, deck hand.
Four were able to enter a small boat, but in the tossing and rolling one was lost overboard and MR. McCLENNAN, junior, and WILLIAM SMITH, aged 10, son of the captain were rescued by Hugh McCartney and Benjamin Wemp, Amherst Island and fishermen, who had gone out to life their nets and came across the storm tossed skiff.
MR. McCLENNAN had the dead form of a child in his arms when rescued. All who perished, as well as the survivors belong to Belleville. The two who were saved were taken to Bath and later went to Belleville.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1917-08-09

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