Welcome to Lost To The Sea Memorial

The year 1879 was a disastrous one for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, with no fewer than 31 vessels lost along with 106 persons. The ships lost were among the best of the Yarmouth fleet, some carrying valuable cargoes, while the loss of life left 26 widows and 99 children to mourn husbands and fathers.

One instance alone was that of the schooner Boadicea, 79 tons; she sailed rom Yarmouth for Martinique with a general cargo, but was not heard of afterwards. Her crew, consisting of six men, left five widows and sixteen fatherless children.

Both before and after 1879, numerous courageous Yarmouth men and women have died at sea. It is the intention of the Yarmouth Waterfront Development Committee to construct a monument to all those "Lost to the Sea".

Of particular importance in the names listed on the monument will be those citizens of Yarmouth County who have been lost at sea as a result of the fishing industry, Yarmouth's longest and continuing seafaring industry. An example of losses in this sector was the tragic loss of life when the herring seiner Silver King was run down by tugboat Ocean Rockswift in August 1967.

As well, the list will include the names of those from Yarmouth lost in passenger vessels such as those who perished in the sinking of the City of Monticello in November, 1900.

We will not forget those who gave their lives for our country while serving in the navy and merchant navy during wartime. This list will include the first Canadian to die in the First World War, Midshipman Malcolm Cann.

*Schooner BOADICEA, 79 tons, Levi Nickerson master, sailed from Yarmouth on the 24th January for Martinique, with a general cargo, and was not afterwards heard of. Her crew was composed of: Charles W. Hersey, of Yarmouth, mate, leaving a widow and three children; Jacob Nickerson, cook (Brother of the captain), leaving a widow and four children; William Strickland, of Yarmouth, leaving a widow and five children; Joseph Doucette, of Argyle, leaving a widow; Isaac Montague of Argyle, unmarried,. The captain left a widow and four children. Owned by Ryerson & Moses and R.S. Eakins, Jr. Vessel insured $1,500 in 'Marine.' Cargo insured $2,600 in 'Marine' and $800 in 'Atlantic.' *(Lawson, J.M. Appendix to the Record of the Shipping of Yarmouth, N.S. Yarmouth, 1884. pages 113 -114.

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**The City of Monticello was an iron side wheel paddle steamer which ran between Yarmouth and St. John, New Brunswick between in 1899 and 1900. Owned by the Yarmouth Steamship Company she had previously seen service on the Digby to St. John run. On Friday, November 9th, 1900 the vessel left St. John for Yarmouth. She passed through Petite Passage and got as far as Cape St. Mary's when the wind began to blow strongly and to turn into a gale. A heavy sea broke aboard and stove in the forward saloon causing the steamer to make water. By the time she was about four miles from Cape Fourchu the water had put out the fires in her boiler, rendering her helpless and unmanageable. Boats were lowered and manned and the passengers took to them, however; the seas were too rough for them to live in the waves. Of 36 souls onboard there were only four survivors.

A more complete account of the loss of the City of Monticello can be found in J.M. Lawson's Yarmouth Past and Present (aka Yarmouth Reminiscences), Yarmouth, 1902, pages 191 - 198.

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