The Bessie White was a Canadian coal schooner that went aground on Fire Island, about a mile west of Smith's Point. Conflicting historical records date the wreck to either 1919 or 1922.

On February 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m. heavy fog caused the Bessie White to run aground and the vessel quickly filled with water. The crew waited in the dark fog for day break when they launched two boats and escaped to shore. One boat overturned, injuring one crew member who was brought to shore and treated by the Coast Guard. All of the crew survived but the Bessie White and its cargo of coal was a complete loss.


- bill 7-24-2017 8:35 pm

Just so Bill doesn't think no one looks at his posts... bad link.
- alex 7-27-2017 11:31 am [add a comment]

fixed, thanks.

- bill 7-27-2017 2:18 pm [add a comment]

I didn't click because Canadians only really care about a shipwrecked American lake boat.
- L.M. 7-28-2017 5:43 pm [add a comment]

- alex 7-28-2017 6:27 pm [add a comment]

I see your Butthole Surfers and raise you one Rheostatics.

- L.M. 7-29-2017 11:36 am [add a comment]

- dave 7-29-2017 2:05 pm [add a comment]

Everyone is captain of their own ship.

At the DMTree vacation we saw someone rescued not twenty yards from shore at Smith Point; this one ended badly.

Be careful out there.

- alex 8-01-2017 7:54 pm [add a comment]

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