The Loss of The Jessie Smith
Nathan Smith "Mis"

  • Ianstown boat and crew lost. "Jessie Smith" BF 734, Ianstown, foundered 12 miles off Moss Head on Tuesday 14th February 1893 - 9 lost.
  • John Smith (Bogan), Skipper married with 2 of a family, Portessie.
  • William Smith (Bogan), married with 1 of a family, Gordonsburgh.
  • Joseph Smith (Bogan), unmarried.
  • Alex Clark, married with 5 of a family, Portessie.
  • William Clark, age 15, son of last mentioned, Portessie.
  • James McKenzie (Guissie), married with 4 of a family, Portessie.
  • William Slater, married recently, no family, Gordonsburgh.
  • James McIntosh, age 19, unmarried, Portessie.
  • (Banffshire Advertiser 23 Feb. 1893, page 5[3])
  • Opprest by grief to set in rhyme,
  • The sorrows of a stormy time;
  • Then tossing billows high and bleak,
  • Strews our beach with many a wreck.
  • Winter scarcely gives a blast,
  • But some fireside is vacent cast;
  • A wife, a daughter's heart forlorn,
  • A husband, son, or father torn.
  • But to my tale the day was bright,
  • The sun had shone, all hearts were light;
  • The boat from Buckie sailed away
  • To fish the cod in Northern Bay.
  • Amongst the rest, called "Jessle Smith",
  • With boat well manned and hearts of mirth;
  • Adieu to all upon the shore
  • Not thlnklng of their last explore.
  • The children waved their hands full high,
  • The fathers' waved them back good bye;
  • The mothers' look betokened more
  • And prayed to bring them save to shore.
  • On Tuesday morning, black and grim,
  • The clouds had gathered dark and dim;
  • The boats were forty miles from shore
  • When caught amid the stormy squall.
  • A heavy Eastern gale did blow,
  • Sometimes with rain and heavy snow;
  • The fishing boats had reefed their sails,
  • And laboured hard amon the gale
  • The "Jessie Smith" had reefed her sails
  • When caught amid that fearful gale,
  • They hoist the mizen for the shore,
  • Alas that place they'll see no more.
  • John, William, and Joseph too,
  • Formed part of that sad crew:
  • Three brothers of one family dear,
  • With hearts so true and void of fear.
  • A father and a son were they,
  • Who perished on that fatal day:
  • The other married three we sigh,
  • Their families are left in tears to cry.
  • A sea arose both high and wide,
  • And threw the boat on her broadside;
  • Two other seas with angry roar
  • Engulfed them all to rise no more.
  • A boat had witnessed all this scene;
  • Which passed just like a midnight dream;
  • They saw her sink and rise no more,
  • And brought the tidings to the shore.
  • Such sorrows in a fisher's home,
  • When all dear to them on earth is gone;
  • It's only God can comfort there,
  • And hear the widow and orphans' praycrs,
  • A lesson here is to us all,
  • Be ready at the Master's call;
  • And if our souls be ready here,
  • When death comes nigh we need not fear,
  • 'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,
  • Or sinks them in the grave;
  • He gives, and when he takes away,
  • He takes but what he gave.
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