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The Sinking of The "Mary Ward"


Located in the Craigleith Provincial Park is the plaque, The Sinking of The "Mary Ward." Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. This plaque states: "on the night of November 24, 1872, the steamer, "Mary Ward" ran around on MIlligan's Reef, two kilometres offshore. Recently purchased by five Owen Sound men, the vessel was making the trip from Sarnia to her new home port of Collingwood with twenty-seven aboard, including a Canadian Pacific Railway survey party, when the accident occurred. The first lifeboat safely reached shore, then a fierce gale sprang up, delaying rescue operations. After a perilous journey, the second lifeboat succeeded in landing but the third capsized and all eight aboard drowned. A group of local fisherman, led by Frank Moberly and Captain George Collins, later rescued those remaining on the wreck and they were subsequently recognized by the Canadian government for their heroic actions."


Date: 2015 October 3, 2015
Subjects: Transportation    Government    Boats/Boating    Communication    Community Care    Steamships    Trails   
Physical Specifications: still image
Owner: The Blue Mountains Library
Creator: Norma Gillespie
Province & Country: Ontario, Canada
County: Grey
Municipality: The Blue Mountains
Community: Craigleith
Rights: the Blue Mountains Library
ID: 79