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Duke (Schooner), sunk, 4 Jul 1854

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The schooner DUKE came in yesterday morning, with a cargo of lumber from Darlington, the first brought to this port the present season. She is discharging at the Upper Landing.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuseday, April 4, 1854

DUKE Schooner, sunk off Toronto, cargo pig iron. six men lost. Property loss $12,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)


The Schooner DUKE of Darlington, which left this port (Toronto), a short time before the storm set in on last Tuesday, was overtaken by it near Highland Creek, and immediately capsized. A passenger on board the Steamer MAGNET, on her passage up from Kingston the same evening, observed something floating on the water to which he directed the attention of Captain Twohy. The Captain with the aid of a glass, discovered that it was a man clinging to a capsized boat. The steamer was immediately put about and the person taken on board. He is a young man named Bailey, and reports he was one of the hands on the DUKE, the Captain and three of the crew went down with the lost vessel, while he saved himself by clinging to the boat
      Toronto Globe
      July 6, 1854

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      We learn with extreme sorrow that the schooner DUKE, which left Maitland's Wharf on the afternoon of Tuesday, was struck by the squall, and, being in ballast, was upset, when five persons on board met with a watery grave. One of the hands was picked up by the MAGNET on Wednesday morning, in a very exhausted state. At the time of the accident he had got into one of the boats, and thus escaped destruction. He remains still in a very doubtful state.
      Toronto Mirror
      Friday, July 7, 1854

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Freight: pig iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Duke (Schooner), sunk, 4 Jul 1854