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Montgomery (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856

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Schooner MONTGOMERY, cargo wheat, ashore on Nicholson's Island, Lake Ontario, November 1856. Total loss. Damage to hull $6,000. Damage to cargo $13,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The Milwaukee American of the 10th, says that the schooner MONTGOMERY, owned by E.A. Bruce, of Chicago, and bound from Kenosha to Oswego with 12,000 bushels of wheat, is ashore opposite Nicholson's Island. Not insured.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 13, 1856

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Underwriters, Forwarders, Masters of Vessels and others interested in the navigation of
navigation of Lake Ontario, Humbly Herwith ?
      That owing to the want of a safe harbour on the north shore of Lake Ontario many vessels every year are driven on shore and wrecked, on the shore of the County of Prince Edward.
      That owing to the difficulty of entering the Harbour of Presque Isle many schooners have driven on shore in the attempt to enter with west or south-west winds.
      That an opening 1,000 rods wide with a channel 150 feet wide and 14 feet deep has within the past two or three years been opened through the beach from Lake Ontario into Wellers Bay has sufficient depth of water and is large enough to contain all the vessels on Lake Ontario.
      That the entrance of the said channel is easy with any wind, and if properly marked out and generally known, would be the means of saving many vessels from loss, as it affords a complete harbour, land locked on all sides which is so much desired in navigating the lakes in stormy weather.
      That the schooner MONTGOMERY laden with 11,000 bushels of wheat and the ANN JANE BROWN of Port Hope of equal size, also three others of less tonnage were driven ashore within three or four miles of the said entrance last Autumn, all of which might have been saved had the master been aware of the safe harbour so near them.
      Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray your excellency will be pleased to cause the said entrance and Harbour to be examined by some competent person with a view of ascertaining it's eligibility as a Harbor of Refuge, and also that your excellency will take such steps to have the entrance marked out and protected as to your excellency shall seem proper.
      And as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray.
      Hamilton, February 1857
      Signed by Halcomb & Henderson, Forwarders
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      Edward Zealand, Capt.
      William Lewis, Capt.
      Robert Coot, Capt.
      John McArthur, Marine Inspector
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      Peter Davies, Capt.
      Alexander McLeod, Master
      Browne, Forwarder
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      John Malcomson, Capt.
      Robert MaManara, Capt.
      John Smith, Broker & Shipping Agent
      Rae Brothers & Co.
      Thomas Harbottle, Capt.
      Henry D. Twrohey, Capt.
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      National Archives, Ottawa.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $13,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Montgomery (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1856