Roderick McDonald

Male 1861 - 1882

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  • Name  Roderick McDonald 
    Born  1861 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Sep 1882  Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  SS ASIA Shipwreck Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I53  Lee,Harrington,Clarke,Doherty & Extended Family Trees
    Last Modified  21 Jul 2015 

    Father  Donald Rory McDonald,   b. Abt 1824,   d. 30 Aug 1899, Rama Twp., Ontario Co Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Cameron,   b. 25 Mar 1830, Glengarry County, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1911, Rama Twp., Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1882  St. Columbkille's Church, Uptergrove, Mara Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01075  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Notes-.
      The steamer Asia set out into Georgian Bay from Parry Sound on September 13, 1882, even though the "boisterous wind" was causing "mountainous seas."
      The ship was overloaded with winter supplies for the northern logging communities and had approximately 125 people on board.
      By the next day, when the boat reached the open lake, it was evident that she would not survive. Capt. Savage tried to head for an island to beach her, and ordered the cargo thrown overboard
      The ship was within sight of Lonely Island when "about 11:30, she pitched up at the head and went down stern first, the cabins breaking off and the boats floating off as she did so."
      Several lifeboats were launched, but they all disappeared.
      Only two survivors were rescued, Duncan A. Tinkiss, who was 17, and Christina Ann Morrison, listed as "under twenty." The lifeboat with Tinkiss and Morisson aboard repeatedly turned over; it initially held more than 20 people, but only seven, including the captain, managed to stay aboard -- and all but the two teenagers were dead by the end of the day. Unable to control the boat due to the loss of the oars, they were finally rescued by a sailing craft.

      The loss of the Asia was one of the worst maritime disasters to ever occur on Lake Huron and one of the top 13 in terms of lives lost in the history of the Great Lakes

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