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Erie Belle (Schooner), C73913, 22 May 1908

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Welland, May 22. -- One of the leading boats of the early '70s, the ERIE BELLE, is being dismantled in the harbor at Chippawa and her lower hull, the only portion of the vessel remaining solid, will be used as a tool scow. Lying at Chippawa the BELLE was sketched by many artists and one of her escapades on the Niagara river is embodied in a story for boys by a Southern authoress. Twelve years ago the BELLE was being unloaded at La Salle when the crew struck and, single handed, the captain got the boat to Chippawa with the aid of a tug. It was seized at the instance of the Port Hope Bank, which held a mortgage, and the BELLE has been lying there, since. The ERIE BELLE was a three-master with double topsail and topgallant sail and is said to have been the only one on the lakes with five jibs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, May 22, 1908

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NIAGARA Falls, Ont. June 8. -- Nothing now remains of the ERIE BELLE, the old lake schooner that for many years was tied up at the wharf at Chippawa. Workmen have been busy for the last two weeks dismantling the old hulk. The ERIE BELLE was built in the early "70's' and carried three masts with double topsails and top-gallants. She had five Jibs, being the only vessel on the lakes with that number.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 8, 1908

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      Niagara falls, Ont. -- The effort to remove the hulk of the ERIE BELLE from the Chippewa Harbor has been abandoned and the old hulk will be allowed to lie on the bottom. Toronto contractors dismantled the ship and then attempted to pump out the hull with a hydraulic pump.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 9, 1908
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      Chippawa, Ont. July 29. -- Nothing now remains of the old ERIE BELLE, the schooner that has been moored for years at the wharf here. flames having destroyed her upper works. The charred hulk is now resting on the bottom of the Welland River in eight feet of water and dynamite will be use to scatter the timbers so that they will not be a menace to navigation.
      The burning of the ERIE BELLE took place Monday afternoon and it was well into the night before the vessel had been consumed to the water line. A large crowd of people watched the flames devour the old craft. She was considered, in the early seventies; the belle of the lakes, a three-master, square rigged, carrying an enormous spread of canvass.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 29, 1908

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Chippews, Ont., Nov. 30. -- The hulk of the old ERIE BELLE is being raised from the depth of Welland River. The old vessel which escaped to Canada to avoid a seizure for debt, was burned at her moorings a year or more ago. At that time it was not thought the hulk would ever be in the way, but an industrial boom has reached the village and a new 100 foot dock is to be built at the foot of Mechanic Street to accommodate river and lake boats, and the ERIE BELLE blocks the channel.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 30, 1909
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      Dock at Chippewa.
Chippewa, Ont. March 23. - Work has been started on the new 200-foot dock along the bank of the Welland River. It is the intention of the Buffalo concern, which is building the dock, to remove the hulk of the ERIE BELL with dynamite. This was to have been done a week ago, but for various reasons has been postponed. The hulk does not interfere with the work, but it must be removed before the dock can be utilized to accommodate lake vessels
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, March 23, 1910

Schooner ERIE BELLE. Official Canada No. 73913. Of 275 tons Register. Built Port Burwell, Ont., 1873. Home port, Port Hope, Ont. 125.5 x 24.4 x 9.8 Owned by D. Manson, of Port Hope, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of
      the Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1905

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Erie Belle (Schooner), C73913, 22 May 1908