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Alma (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856

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Schooner ALMA (C), cargo wheat, ashore on Mohawk Island, Lake Erie, jetted deck load.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      It is not yet ascertained what schooner is on Gull Island Reef, Port Colborne. A despatch says that she is supposed to be a British vessel.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 3, 1856

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      The schooner reported on the Reef at Gull Island, proves to be the ALMA (Canadain.) Her cargo of flour and tallow has been thrown overboard, but the vessel is not off. Her crerw were taken off by the propeller HOWARD, yesterday
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 4, 1856

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The schooner ALMA, on Gull Island Reef, disappeared on Tuesday night, and is supposed to have gone to pieces.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 6, 1856

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      Capt. Thomas, Marine Inspector of the Board of Underwriters, reports the cargo of the schooner ALMA, ashore below Grand River, C. W., all in safety, and that the that the vessel can be easily pumped out and got off.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 13, 1856

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      New schooner of 360 tons building at Garden Island, 1854 and owned by D. Calvin & Co.. Home port, Kingston. REMARKS - Only in frame
      Register of British Shipping, Inalnd Waters, 1854
      Vessel building on the Canada Side of Lake Ontario
ALMA, Top-sail schooner, of 200 tons. Built Garden Island 1854, Owned by Abbey. Value $6,000
      List of Canadian Vessels, 1856
      Toronto GLOBE, August, 4, 1856
      ALMA, Top-sail schooner, of 200 tons. Built Garden Island 1854, Owned by Bates & Co. Capt. Bates. Value $6,000
      List of Canadian Vessels, 1857
      Toronto GLOBE, May 26, 1857
Register Number 70
Description: Schooner
Where she belongs: Kingston
Tons :210
When Built: 1853
Where Built: Garden Island
Present Master: Robert Abbey
Builders Name & Date of Certificate: H. Roney & D.D. Calvin, 23/4/1855
Description of Vessel:-
      Length: 106 feet & 7/10th.
      Breadth: 20 feet & 8/10th.
      Depth of hold: 9 feet & 6/10th.
      Masts: two
      Square or round stern: Round
      Carvel or Clinker Built: Carvel
      Standing or Running Bowsprit: Standing
      How rigged: Schooner
      Figure-Head: none
      Decks: One, no galleries
Subscribing owners: William Ford the younger sole owner sells in complicated arrangements and vessel was seized by Sheriff in Oct. 1858, 32 shares acquired by Edward McAndle of St. Catharines
      Port of Kingston Shipping Registers
      1846 to 1874


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.834722 Longitude: -79.522777
William R. McNeil
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Alma (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856