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Mobile (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1852

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MOBILE Schooner, beached, without cargo, near Toronto, lake Ontario. Got off. Property loss $100
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 25, 1852 (casualty list)

MARINE NEWS :- On Lake Ontario, we learn that the schooner MOBILE, with a cargo of wheat, was lost on Toronto Point.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Friday, November 16,1852

      The gale subsided on Saturday, so as to admit of vessels leaving port with safety. The vessels on shore outside our harbor, are, the brig EBERTS, of Chatham, fully laden with merchandise; the schooner MOBILE of Sackett's Harbor, partially laden with merchandise; and the schooner ALBION of Oakville, fully laden with merchandise. We wish to correct a statement in the Daily Colonist of Saturday, to the effect, that the Captain of the ALBION "was unacquainted with the channel entering the harbor." We are since informed, that Captain McGriffin has been on the lake for upwards of fifteen, the greater part of which time he has been in the employment of Mr. Alex Proudfoot, of Trafalger, the owner of the ALBION, and also several other vessels; and there is not on the Lakes, a Captain better acquainted with the navigation, or with the entrance of the harbor of
Toronto. We regret to state, that the ALBION was not insured. The MOBILE was the first vessel ashore, on Friday morning. The ALBION was in her vicinity, in distress, for some hours after, and complaints are made, that several steamers passed into the harbor without rendering her assistance, which at that time, might have prevented her from grounding. The ALBION had a very valuable cargo, which has been much damaged, and the vessel also has suffered considerably. The EBERTS will be got off with slight damage, scarcely worth mentioning. The MOBILE does not seem to be materially injured, but there will be some difficulty experienced in getting her off the bar, as she is much further in than either of the other vessels, owing to her comparatively light cargo, which enabled her to run before the wind into less water on the bar.
      We trust they will be all got off with less damage than is anticipated. We understand that on Friday night parties from shore proceeded to the vessels for improper purposes. It is supposed that they intended to make free with property on board, supposing that the crews had left for the night; or that they went for
the purpose of placing themselves in a condition to claim salvage. The crews on board had to force them off. We presume that some of the parties are known, and if so, steps should be taken for their punishment, to deter others from committing like offences in future, It is said that they acted under legal advice. If so, the counsellor should be named and exposed.
      Toronto British Colonist
      Tuesday, November 16, 1852
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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Mobile (Schooner), aground, 12 Nov 1852