These pieces recall a time when ships were sunk off our coast, not by storm or treacherous rock but by enemy fire. The three-masted wooden schooner from which they came was built near the close of the First World War, as part of the desperate effort to replenish allied shipping, depleted by submarine warfare. Victory ended the need for such carriers and paying cargoes became increasingly scarce. After a few years the vessel with the rousing, but outdated, name stranded on the outer shore of Bon Portage. The crew landed safely and found their way to the lighthouse, where they were cared for by the keeper and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Greenwood.

(Stranded on Bon Portage July 3rd, 1922)

Taken from The Wreckwood Chair by Evelyn Richardson

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