coloured pencil drawing
signed, titled and inscribed “Toronto”
18.25 ins x 25.75 ins; 58.4 cms x 78.7 cms
The West Wind, which was wrecked off Cobourg in 1879, was owned by Captain James McSherry, Senior, who sailed for forty years, “ten on salt water and thirty on the great lakes.”
In addition to the West Wind, McSherry owned two other Great Lakes vessels: the Echo and the Belle Sheridan. The Belle Sheridan was lost just one year after the West Wind in one of the fiercest gales ever recorded on Lake Ontario. There was but one survivor, the captain’s son, also called James. Young James McSherry would himself become a Great Lakes captain, sailing for the Tymon & Murphy Company.
Private Collection, Toronto (by descent)