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Eliza Wilson (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1863

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WILSON, ELIZA Schooner, cargo wood, stranded at Gibralter Point, near Toronto. Total loss
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

      ON THE BAR
      An unknown schooner got upon the bar at the Islands last Monday, she has evidently been abandoned before reaching her present position, and is probably fast going to pieces in consequence of the high wind to which she is exposed, several schooners have passed and re-passed, but no one on board have been able to distinguish the name of the stranded vessel. The weather has been so stormy during the last two days, that none, as far as we can learn has visited the wreck from this port.
      Toronto Globe
      Wednesday, December 2, 1863

We have been enabled to gather the following facts with regards to the vessel which was laying on the bar on Tuesday, since then she has gone to pieces, and only a few planks & ropes are left to indicate where she lay, she was the ELIZA WILSON, belonging to Capt. McGriffin, of Oakville, with cordwood consigned to Mr. Saulter, of Yonge Street wharf. It appears that she was driven on the bar Monday morning, and the crew in order to save their own lives took to the yawl, and after a perilous sail reached the Asylum Waterworks, in an exhausted state. The schooner was insured for about $1,500. The cargo was not insured, but a large portion of the cord-wood was picked up yesterday as it floated about the bay and was drifted on the Island.
      Toronto Globe
      Thursday, December 3, 1863

Schooner ELIZA WILSON (C) 93 tons. Built at Port Nelson in 1855 by LeClare. Owned by Waldy & Hall. Home port, Wellington. Value $2,600. Class B 1
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel register for 1860

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $800
Freight: wood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Eliza Wilson (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1863