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Pamlico (Schooner), U19615, 19 Sep 1876

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FOR EUROPE:-- The schooners TWIN SISTERS and PAMLICO have both been chartered to carry cargoes of pine from Lake Michigan to Liverpool, England, or some other port on that coast. The TWIN SISTERS will carry 3 inch pine plank, and the PAMLICO square pine timber. Both of these vessels have been out before and came back safely, and it is hoped will do the same this time, in case the owners conclude to have them return. Captain Strachan, of the TWIN SISTERS, is an old and reliable navigator, having sailed out of Europe as master of large vessels for many years, and is therefore thoroughly acquainted in that part of the world. The commander of the PAMLICO is also a navigator and practical man and is acquainted in all the European ports. Consequently there is little fear that both boats will make their trips with safety. -- Detroit Post
      Cleveland Herald
      June 5, 1876

FOR EUROPE:-- The tug PARKER is expected to arriver from Lake Michigan with the schooners thomas street, CAMBRIA, PAMLICO, and one other, all bound for Europe. They are loaded with pine timber, and will be towed as far as Quebec, where they will complete their cargo and set out for different ports in Great Britain. It will be a long journey for small vessels, but they are well equipped and efficient, and being staunchly built, will be likely to make successful trips. They will probably come back next summer.. - - Detroit Post
      Cleveland Herald
      Juny 24, 1876
DISASTERS ON THE OCEAN. -- On Tuesday the 12 inst., the brig THOMAS ALBERT arrived at Halifax, and made the following report to the custon officials; That on the 1st. of September, in latitude 30. 46. Longitude 66. 28, she saw an American built vessel, apparently Brugantine rigged, damaged and water-logged, pitch pine and deal laden, about 300 tons. Her starboard side bulwarks were washed away, and deck three feet under water.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 19, 1876

THE CANADIAN WAY:-- The harbor Commissioners of Quebec have suspended the pilot of the steamship NYANZA for causing the collision with the brig PAMLICO recently in the Gulf.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 27, !876

      MORE BAD LUCK. -- The brig PAMILCO, owned by Captain John Prindiville, of Chicago, and on her way to Europe with a load of deals from Cheboygan, has met with serious trouble, as our dispatches have already intimated. She left Quebec several day ago in a good shape, all ready for sea, and when about twenty miles below that port, collided with a steamship from Europe. The PAMLICO was cut down to the water's edge, and had to be towed back to Quebec to be docked and repaired. The steamer had her bow stove, and had the appearance of having been struck by lightning. There certainly seems to be some strange fatality attending the moements of the PAMLICO. Her career on the Atlantic last season was simply a succession of disasters. She returned to the Lakes, and on attempting a passage from Chicago to a Lake Ontario port got on the rocks, wet her cargo of grain, and narrowly excaped destruction herself. Now, on her way to Europe again, before fairly started, she meets with a collision and is cut down. We sincerely hope her injuries are not severe, and that after her repairs she may make a successful voyage of it. Her master is one of the best of ocean navigators. --- Chicago Inter-Ocean,
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, September 19, 1876

      Cushendall, East Coast, Ireland. Oct. 26, 1876
      You may, perhaps, think it strange in having heard from me at this place. The facts are I have been ten days in the North Channel battling with easterly winds and thick weather, "have beat 250 miles to windward tack and tack". For the past two days it has been blowing a gale from the southeast and very thick. I could not hold my own, and came very near being driven on shore, as the channel hers is only twelve miles wide. I have put in here without a pilot to wait till a change in wind, as carrying sail outside and losing ground is only straining the vessel, to say nothing of wear and tear to sails and rigging. Troose is only sixty miles distant and I shall leave here the first change of wind. The first part of our passage was attended with fine weather, but mostly contrary winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Longitude forty degrees experienced a very heavy gale from west to northwest. Ran the vessel under lower foretopsail for thirty hours, at which time the gale became so severe, with a heavy chop sea continually flooding the deck and cabin full of water, the rail deck load breaking up, and creating great difficulty in steering her, was obliged, for safety and prudence, to heave to, and lay till it moderated. It is now twenty-seven days since the pilot left us. Ran from Newfoundland to the north coast of Ireland in fourteen days. The balance of time has been used up in the North Channel and Gulf of St. Lawrence. I can speak well for the sea-going qualities of the PAMLICO. She behaved admirably.
      Hoping for a fair wind, which will enable me to reach Troose to-morrow.
      Yours Very Truly, H.M. Hayden, Commander.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 13, 1876

Mr Prindiville, of Chicago, will leave for England in a few days, an offer having been made for the brig PAMLICO, now at Liverpool. It is said the offer made is $8,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 13, 1876

THE PAMLICO:--The Chicago Journal says: It is now settled that the PAMLICO will not be sold in Europe. her owners here say that she will probably take coal or some other coarse freight from the other side to New Orleans, and there load sugar and molasses, the product of the plantations of Charles H. Walker, of Chicago, and take the same to New York.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 15, 1876
OCEAN INSURANCE ON LAKE VESSELS AT SEA:-- The prejudice among the insurance companies against lake vessels on the ocean, especially centre- board schooners, has in a great measure been wiped out, and it is not anticipated that the owners of the various craft now about to make ocean voyages will experience any great trouble in obtaining insurance. Indeed, the insurance on many of them is already placed. Our lake vessels are built as well as, and better than those regularly employed on the Atlantic, and the underwriters are coming to see that the centre-board (a necessity on craft of medium dimensions) is no objection at all. The truth is that the centerboard is a great benefit. but for many years this fact could not be impressed on the minds of sailors and underwriters used and accustomed to the standing keel. It is a positive fact that (centerboard) craft which class B1 on the lakes are given the class of A 2 in Lloyds.
, Both the PAMLICO and BENSON secured better classing on the ocean than they could obtain here on the lakes. We understand that the THISTLE, now fitting in Chicago, the MECHANIC and EMERALD, the THOMAS S. STREET, EDWARD BLAKE, CAMBRIA, MAGGIE McRAEe and A.. G. MOREY are already insured for their ocean voyages, and that the other craft going out from the lakes will obtain insurance without trouble. Those which cannot get insurance (if there be any) will go without it, indicating the confidence of the owners in their vessels. The one great necessity is to send good masters in charge, and we learn that this is to be done.- - - lnter-Ocean.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 13, 1876
Schooner PAMLICO. U. S. No. 19615. Of 379.71 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Pamlico (Schooner), U19615, 19 Sep 1876