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Edith (Schooner), aground, 6 Nov 1854


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Schooner EDITH, ashore at Presqu'Isle, Lake Ontario. Property loss $10,000.
      Buffalo Democracy
      February 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      The Canadian Schooner EDITH, was driven ashore by the strong south wind on Monday night at Presqu'Isle, on the north shore. She had on 5,000 bushels of wheat consigned to Messrs. Clemon & Bloore, of Oswego, and is a total loss. Vessel and cargo insured.
      Buffalo Democracy
      Saturday, November 11, 1854

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We learn from the Brighton Sentinel that on Monday last, five vessels went ashore in the gale, to the east, and in sight of Prresque Isle Harbor. The EDITH, of Hamilton, laden with 4,000 bushels of wheat, sunk, her deck two feet under water. The FOREST QUEEN of Oakville, from Lake Erie, laden with staves, her rudder and stern post gone. The WILLIAM and JOHN, laden with plaster, aground. The PARAGON, of Toronto, aground with two feet water in her hold. The SARAH FRANCES, of St. Catharines, rudder and foremast gone. There is little doubt others met the same fate farther east.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, November 14, 1854

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The EDITH was "got off" together with the other four vessels
      Toronto Globe
      November 22, 1854

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      Disasters On Lake Ontario. - Five vessels went ashore in a gale on Monday, to the east in sight of Presqu'Isle Harbour. The EDITH, of Hamilton, laden with 4,000 bushels of wheat, sunk, her deck two feet under water. The FOREST QUEEN, of Oakville, from Lake Erie, laden with staves, her rudder and stern post gone. The WILLIAM & JOHN, laden with plaster, aground. The PARAGON, of Toronto, aground with two feet of water in her hold. The SARAH FRANCIS, of St. Catharines, rudder and foremast gone.
There is little doubt others met with the same fate further east. It is a fact worthy of notice that three fourths of the marine disasters which annually occur on the north shore of Lake Ontario happen at east of Presqu'Isle harbour and might nearly all be avoided by opening the Murray canal and properly marking the entrance to Presqu'Isle Bay. Every autumn furnishes fresh proofs by the wrecking of many fine vessels, in the sufferings and not unfrequently in the loss of life of many a fine and stalwart mariner, and loud are the calls on Government at this season of the year for the speedy construction of the canal, which are all silenced on the recurrence of delightful spring navigation. The Government is not slow to protect the life and property of its subjects engaged in other interests. Is the mariner less deserving than any other portion of Her Majesty's lieges? ----- Brighton Sentinel.
      United Empire (Toronto).
      Friday, November 24, 1854

NOTE:--no vessel called the SARAH FRANCES, however it is likely the MARY FRANCES of St.Catharines. ?


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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1854
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McN.W.1855
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Edith (Schooner), aground, 6 Nov 1854