1866 July – Schooner Escape
"When fire swept Canning's main street in July 1866, a small schooner was under construction on the stocks in the Bigelow shipyard. The wooden ship was ready for launching except for her spars, rigging, and sails. As the fire drew near, Ebenezer Bigelow saw the tide was high, and made a snap decision to launch immediately. Quickly, a crowd of people clambered on the vessel's deck, seeking to escape the flames. Later, the vessel would be named Escape. In 1874 Escape's luck ran out. She was lost with all on board near Digby Gut, Nova Scotia.
— Source: Stanley Spicer, in The Canning Gazette, Issue #127, July 1998"
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