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Elizabeth (Schooner), burnt, 29 Nov 1852

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ELIZABETH Schooner (Br.), burnt at Oakville, cargo flour. total loss. Property loss $5,500
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Dec. 25, 1852 (casualty list)

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ELIZABETH Schooner, of Oakville, owned by Mr. Thompsom Smith, burnt at Port Credit. Totally burnt. No insurance.
      Toronto Globe
      Nov. 30, 1852
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Schooner ELIZABETH, belonging to Smith, loaded 1,634 bbls. of flour at Port Credit for delivery to Oswego, N.Y., the flour belonging to Torrence. Fire broke out, the vessel was burned, 400 bbls. of flour was destroyed, the rest was given back to Torrence in a damaged state.
      Torrence v Smith
      Report on Common Pleas Vol. 3
      Report of Cases Decided in the Court
      of common Pleas of Upper Canada
      Milcaelmas term 16 Vic. to Trinity term
      Vic.17. Printed Toronto 1854 by Henry Rowsell

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Port of Quebec - Shipping Intelligence.
The schooner ELIZABETH arrived here yesterday morning from Toronto with a full cargo of flour. She was to proceed to Halifax immediately after landing her deck load, but we understand she is delayed for want of her register.
      Quebec Mercury
      August 23, 1849
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      Port Number - 16 of 1849

Name . . . . . . . . . . ELIZABETH
Type . . . . . . . . . . Schooner
Tonnage . . . . . . . . . 120 tons burthen
When Built . . . . . . . 1842
Where Built . . . . . . . River Rouge
      Previous Registry at Port of Toronto,
Builders name & Date of Certificate :-cancelled Aug. 14, 1849

Date of Registration at Port of Montreal :- Aug. 27, 1849

Description of vesel:-
Length . . . . . . . . 104 feet & 6/1O ths.
Breadth . . . . . . . . 18 feet
Depth of hold . . . . . 8 feet & 3/1O ths.

Masts . . . . . . . . . Three
Decks . . . . . . . . . One
Bowsprit . . . . . . . Standing
Stern . . . . . . . . . Square
Figure-head . . . . . . Without
How rigged . . . . . . Schooner, carvel built
Present master (1849) Alexander Martin

Subscribing owners:- Thompson Smith of Toronto, ownerof the 64 shares.

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FALL OF A WAREHOUSE. - We deeply regret to state that on Friday night last, about half past seven o'clock, the large storehouse erected last spring on the wharf behind the Market by G.M. Jarvis, Esq., gave way, and the building was precipitated forward into the water. At the time of the accident it contained about ten thousand bushels of wheat, the property of Mr.J. Wilmot, four hundred bushels of Indian corn, the property of Mr. Wray, and a considerable quantity of hay. The hay being in the upper part of the building, was comparatively uninjured, but the whole of the wheat was submerged in the water, and rendered useless, we believe, for any but distillery purposes. About two thousand bushels of it were recovered on Saturday, and gangs of men were again at work yesterday endeavoring to save as much of the property as possible. The corn has not suffered as much as the wheat. We understand that the accident was occasioned partly from the piles having been driven in where there was not sufficient depth of earth, and these not having been braced or stayed, as they ought to have been, as some parties, we understand, suggested at the time, and partly from the building having been overloaded on one side to an extent greater than the foundation could support. In its fall it dragged along with it a
considerable portion of the wharf, which now presents a strangely twisted and mutilated appearance.
The schooner ELIZABETH, of Oakville, was lying near the storehouse at the time, and had a narrow escape. Had it been a few yards further down it would inevitably have been sunk. The value of the property destroyed cannot yet be estimated with accuracy, but we understand the cost of erecting the storehouse with the new portion of the wharf was not far from L 1,000. - Toronto Globe
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      September 8, 1853

NOTE:- The ELIZABETH lying at the Toronto storehouse in 1853, may not be the same vessel which burned at Port Credit, but the above article is included in case the 1842 ELIZABETH was rebuilt, the vessel of the same name, listed in the 1854 List of British Vessels bears some resembleances.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.55011 Longitude: -79.58291
William R. McNeil
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Elizabeth (Schooner), burnt, 29 Nov 1852