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Men Survive Sinking By Clinging To Coffin In Canada

The MAYFLOWER was a flat bottom wooden boat designed with shallow draught for navigating the shallow waters over shoals and sand bars on Lake Kamaniskeg, Ontario, Canada. She looked like a floating barn with low running lights and was not designed to be on the water at night.

On November 12, 1912 the Mayflower had made what was the last return trip from Combermere to Barry’s Bay but a local Councillor persuaded the captain to make a second trip pick up the casket of his brother-in-law. There were 12 people plus the casket on board the boat when she left Barry’s Bay about 7:00pm. It began to snow at about 9:00pm when the boat sank quickly for no apparent reason without warning in about 25 feet of freezing water. 8 passengers drowned and 4 grabbed onto the floating coffin making their way to a nearby island. One died of hypothermia and 3 were rescued.


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