1897 Yosemite

We have yet to perform a thorough review of the history of the Yosemite. However, we do have the information from Lehr and Best’s book.

The Yosemite was a Yankee ship whose Captain was John McKinnon. When heading for Gloucester from Placentia Bay, carrying frozen herring as well as human passengers, the vessel crashed on a reef. The ship ended up off the Nova Scotian coast at Ram Island. All but one crew member made it out alive.


Dwyer, Casey. N.d. “The Wreck of the Semmity (Yosemite),” Folklorist. Accessed December 8, 2020.

Lehr, Genevieve, and Anita Best. 1985. Come and I will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook. Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press.

Semmity,” WTV-Zone. Accessed December 8, 2020.


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