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Cornelia (Schooner), aground, 14 Dec 1856


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Schooner Scow CORNELIA, cargo corn and freestone, ashore at Toronto. Total.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The Scow CORNELIA, from Cleveland to this Port, was beached by the violence of the gale on Sunday night, near Ashbridge's Bay, to the east of this city. She left the Canal on Saturday night for Toronto, bur ran across in too easterly a direction, she was making up head against the wind, opposite Privats, when a sudden squall took her aback, splitting her topsail - and mainsail, and making her uncontrolable by the head. As a last resource, the captain steered for the opening in Ashbridges Bay, but failed to reach the channel and stranded about 200 yards from the shore. The crew, 6 in number, got into the jolly boat, but the sea was too high, and it was swamped within 20 feet of the vessel, and they were forced to swim ashore for their lives. The cold was intense, and it was with the greatest effort they were saved. Messrs. Glendenning, Robby. and some fishermen who reside on the Island, rendered them every assistance in their power. The vessel is nearly covered with water and it is thought will prove a total loss. Her cargo consisted of Freestone and a small lot of corn, both of which were the property of Messrs Worthington Bros., of this city. The scow belonged to C.L. Russel of Cleveland and was insured.
      Toronto Globe
      Tuesday, December 16, 1856

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      The scow CORNELIA, from Cleveland to Toronto, was beached by the violence of the gale on Sunday night, near Ashbridge's Bay, to the east of that city. She left the canal on Saturday night for Toronto, but ran across in a too easterly direction. She was making up head against the wind, opposite Privat's, when a sudden squall took her aback, splitting her topsail, jib and mainsail, and rendering her uncontrollable by the helm. As a last resource, the captain steered for the opening in Ashbridge's Bay, but failed to reach the channel and stranded about two hundred yards from the shore. The crew, six in number, got into the jolly boat, but the sea was too high, and it was swamped within twenty feet of the vessel, and they were forced to swim ashore for their lives. The cold was intense, and it was with the greatest effort they were rescued by persons residing on the Island. The vessel it is thought will prove a total wreck. Her cargo consisted for freestone and a small lot of corn, both of which were the property of Messrs. Worthington & Bro., of Toronto. The scow belonged to C.L. Russell, of Cleveland, and was insured.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, December 19, 1856


Schooner CORNELIA, 125 tons. Built Cleveland 1851 by Roderick Calkins
      Herman Runge Notes

     
      Scow CORNELIA, of Huron City. Of 125.19 tons. Built Huron City, 1851 by R. Calkins. Owned by D.C. Russell. Commanded by E.B. Griffith. One deck; two masts; 97.0 x 24.0 x 6.0
      Cleveland Enrollment No. 44 of 1852
      dated June 21, 1852


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Cargo: $1,000
Freight: corn & stone
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2934
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Cornelia (Schooner), aground, 14 Dec 1856