Marine Heritage Database

Agnes G. Donahue - 1913

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

99

Length(ft)

96.8

Breadth(ft)

24.8

Depth(ft)

10

Masts

Decks

Hull

Wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

Custom-built for sealing, the schooner AGNES G.DONAHUE had a reputation as a very sturdy and reliable vessel. Despite her small size, she made voyages around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope in a sealing career with remarkable adventures, a record as varied as a tale of the Spanish Main according to a Halifax newspaper article on her sinking. She went sealing as far away as Norway, South America and the Indian Ocean. In the 1907-08 season she made record catches and rescued the crew of the Norwegian sealer SOLGLINT. In 1905 she was seized by the government of Uruguay and her crew imprisoned for improper sealing but they were eventually released. As international sealing declined, she was purchased by the Nova Scotia Clay Works for shipping bricks from the Annapolis Basin.

Story

At the height of a heavy storm which swept Annapolis Basin on Monday night the schooner, brick laden from the Nova Scotia Clay Works of Annapolis, and bound for Saint John, was beating out the gap. She sprang a leak, became unmanageable and piled up on the shores of the gap, not far from the lighthouse. Her crew of seven men were all saved, due largely to the prompt aid rendered them by the life saving station at the lighthouse.Halifax Herald 10 September 1913. DONAHUE's wreck was close enough for easy access by sightseers and photographers from Digby. A number of dramatic pictures of her wreck, held firmly in the surf by its heavy cargo, combined with a notable sealing career, made her a memorable wreck. "The picture of the DONAHUE's last days made me feel sorry for the noble old schooner. She deserved better than to go down with a load of bricks." Letter from former captain Charles Leblanc of Arichat March 23, 1951.

Vessel Type

Schooner, General Cargo, Sealer

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Wrecked

Cause of Event

Unknown

Date of Wreck

1913-09-09

Location

Point Prim

Cargo

Bricks, about 100,000

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Annapolis, Nova Scotia , Canada

Voyage to

Saint John, New Brunswick , Canada

Remarks

Total Loss.

Ship Construction

Built at

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

1903

Official Number

116492

Registered at

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Schooner

Details

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