More of the Wreck Brought to the City
- Probable Loss of the Schooner Maggie Hunter With all Hands.
The Palladium office was thronged by Canadian seamen yesterday afternoon and evening to look at the piece of wreck brought from Coe's Landing by Dr. E. A. Mattoon, and the majority of them said that the panel undoubtedly belonged the schooner Maggie Hunter. This morning Harbor Master Fitzgeralds and Alderman Stone drove down to the scene of the wreck and brought back a door, a scuttle, two blinds, a window sash, a portion of the after part of a cabin, with binnacle hole and three pieces of cross trees. On the cross tree pieces is written in lead pencil: "James Dugan, Wm. Hunter, Master James Thompson, Canada West, Picton, Ontario. " A wheel box cover was found on the beach yesterday with the letters "S. H. " cut in it. There was no wheat on the beach and but a few kernels in the crevasses of the wreck. The portion of the wreck brought up this morning is on exhibition at the store of Alderman Stone.
Captain Jackman of the schooner J. G. Worts and Captain Lennon of the schooner Julia say that there is no doubt but the pieces belonged to the schooner Maggie Hunter. Both captains were in her cabin several times and recognize the oval window sash and blinds.
The Hunter left here Monday afternoon with 272 tons of coal, shipped by A. G. Cook, for P. Burns, Toronto. She was very deep in the water - in fact overloaded. She had old canvas and when the gale struck her at night she doubtless became disabled and was driven before the gale until the seas washed her cabin off when she filled with water and went to the bottom with her crew. She was rebuilt last winter at Mill Point from the old schooner J. S. Clark of Port Dalhousie and was owned by Samuel Hunter of Toronto. We learn that she was not insured.
Captain Frank Nixon, one of the best seamen on the lakes, commanded the Hunter. He leaves a wife and several children at Toronto. A man named Sharp was mate on the schooner, but the names of the four seamen and cook we cannot learn. It is reported that the Hunter had a passenger but it is impossible to verify the report.
The unfortunate craft, which has been a coffin for at least seven men, must have foundered about midnight. The news that has been flashed to Toronto to-day will carry trouble to many a loving heart.