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Arabia (Bark), aground, 7 Oct 1868


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The bark ARABIA, grain laden, bound down, is ashore at Port Colborne.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 8, 1868 3-3

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      Port Colborne, Oct. 8. - The bark ARABIA, of Kingston, loaded with wheat
went ashore during the gale this morning behind the east pier. She has 2 feet
of water in her hold,
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 9, 1868

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      The bark ARABIA, as we learn by telegraph, went ashore at Port Colborne on
Thursday. She lies east of the pier, and has two feet of water in her hold.
      the Chicago Tribune
      Saturday, October 10, 1868

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      The tug DRAGON and the scow LILLY MAY are attending on the bark ARABIA,
wrecked near Port Colborne.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 10, 1868 3-4

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Wrecking Under Difficulties:- The Canadian Bark ARABIA, with a cargo of wheat
from Chicago to Montreal, was stranded at Port Colborne, head of the Welland
Canal, on the night of the 7th., in the severe storm then raging. The vessel
pounded over one reef, and finally brought up in a deep bight on the edge of and
between two long shoal reefs of rocks. The cargo was insured in the National
Insurance Company of Boston, and other American companies. Captain John Rice
was dispatched by the agents of the National Insurance, from Buffalo, with tug,
pump and a Barge Lighter to the relief of the cargo and vessel. The Marine
Inspector of the Canadian Company, insurers on the hull being also at the wreck
a conflict of authority commenced. The master of the vessel declining to take
any positive position, caused much delay. The insurers on the hull refused to
permit the pump to be placed on board, as the vessel did not leak much, or the
cargo to be lightered off, as the vessel would be in danger of driving up
further on the reef. He looked to the interest and safety of the vessel only,
and having the sympathy of the ships crew, and the ports being obstructed, it
delayed Capt. Rice in his efforts to save the cargo as well as the vessel. Rice
persevered, however,and having the able assistance of Captain Rumsey Trown and
his and his powerful Tug, DRAGON he managed to get the Canadian Inspector
ashore, and seizing the oppertunity lightered the vessel of about 10,000 bushel
and got her off and into Port during a strong gale of wind, before daylight on
the morning of the 11th.,without damage to the vessel or cargo, much to the
chagrim of the Canadian inspector and his sympathizers. The vessel was
dispatched to St.Catharines to be docked, and the cargo in the Lighter had to be
elevated and forwarded over the Welland Railway to a vessel at Port Dalhousie.
Here the sympathizers made another point and refused to take the cargo out of
the Lighter, by the the elevator, except at $15 per 1,000 bushels for shovelling
several days delayed. Rice managed to get the lighter alongside the elevator,
however, and letting go both anchors and the center board of the Lighter
prevented them from moving and forced them to discharge her after a hand to hand
fight with the shovellers.
If American Underwriters and Shippers are to be subject to such dog-in-the-
manger treatment and policy as evinced in this case by the Canadian Insurers and
Carriers they had better in future decline insuring cargo's per Canadian
bottoms. - Buffalo Commercial Advertiser (undated)
      the Chicago Tribune
      Monday, October 19, 1868

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      The bark ARABIA which went ashore at Port Colborne, arrived here this
morning with her cargo. She will discharge here. - Kingston News.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 23, 1868 3-4



ARABIA Bark, :-This vessel which has been on the Marine railway at Kingston
for some time past, undergoing a partial rebuild, is now nearly completed. A
large amount of new timber has been put into her hull, and her keel deepened.
She has also received a new center-board and new mainmast. The ARABIA ran on a
reef near Port Colborne some time since, and was badly damaged.
      the Chicago Tribune
      Tuesday, December 1, I868

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1868
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Local identifier:
McN.W.279
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Arabia (Bark), aground, 7 Oct 1868