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Briton (Schooner), aground, 1 Sep 1855

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BRITAIN Schooner (C), ashore on Long Point, Lake Ontario. Total loss. Vessel $4,500 Cargo $8,000
      Buffalo Morning Express
      January 11, 1856 (1855 Casualty List)

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      The Kingston News says the schooner BRITON, which went ashore last fall near Long Point, has at length been got off, and was brought into port on saturday, to be hauled out and refitted.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 1, 1856

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      Port of Kingston Vessel Register
      Folio 1 1854 to 1867 Vol 206
Register Number: 83
Name: GEM
Description; Schooner
Where she belongs; Kingston
Tons 185 ( including the Poop )
When Built: 1857
Where Built Kingston, Marine Railway Yard
Present Master: J.N. Thomas
Builders Name & Date of Certificate:- George Thurston, Aug. 27, 1857
Description of Vessel:-
      Length:114 feet & 7/10th.
      Breadth: 19 feet & 7/10th.
      Depth of Hold: 9 feet & 3/10th.
      Masts: Three
      Square or Round Stern: Square
      Carvel or Clinker Built: Carvel
      Standing or Running Bowsprit: Standing
      How Rigged: Schooner
      Figure-Head: Scroll
      Decks: One, no galleries
Subscribing Owners; Andrew Minaker of Port Milford sold to Joseph Doyle dated Dec. II,1858, who sold to Robert Post of Pickering dated Aug. 16, 1865

NOTATION Vessel Built at Prescott 1837 and repaired in 1848 as appears by the certificate of Thomas Dissett of Prescott dated Aug. 26, 1857 and that she was rebuilt by George Thurston Aug. 1857
lenghtened and repaired by Robert Gaskin during 1848

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BRITON - 3 masted schooner of 204 tons. Built Kingston 1837, rebuilt and lengthened at Kingston 1851. Owned by Routh & Davidson. Home port, Port Stanley. Class A I
      Register of British Shipping 1854 (Inland)

GEM Canadian schooner of 200 tons, built Kingston 1847 by G. Thurston, owned by Joseph Doyle, Home port, Kingston. Class A 2
Remarks- Formerly the BRITON, rebuilt in 1858
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register 1860

GEM Canadian schooner of 228 tons, built Prescott by Luke Shea in 1835. Owned by Allen Doyle. Home port, Kingston. Class B 2
Remarks- Formerly BRITON, rebuilt in 1847, large repairs 1858
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Lake vessel Register 1863

GEM Barquantine of 228 tons, built Prescott 1837. Class C I. Remarks - Sold to the States
      Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register 1866

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,500
Cargo: $8,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.933888 Longitude: -76.892777
William R. McNeil
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Briton (Schooner), aground, 1 Sep 1855