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Emily (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1858

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Schooner EMILY (C), wrecked in Georgian Bay. Total loss. Property loss, $1,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      LOSS OF THE SCHOONER EMILY. - We regret to have to announce the total loss of the schooner EMILY, which left this harbor some two weeks since. She got entangled in the ice on the North Shore, and was driven ashore, where she went to pieces. She had on board a load of fish and flour - the fish for Detroit.
All the men and the cargo saved. No insurance, we are sorry to say. We cannot but sympathize with the owner - Mr. Boyle - an enterprising young man, lately come among us, and whose loss must be severe just now. - Collingwood Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 5, 1858

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In the early 1860's, the provincial government's fishery officer for the upper Great Lakes was one William Gibbard. He had been originally a surveyor and I have seen one of his maps in a museum on the Bruce Peninsula.
Gibbard came into the focus of the general public during the fracas surrounding the Wikwemikong fishing troubles in the 1860's. It is not our intention to chronicle Gibbard's life in today's article, only to report on a list of vessels he submitted to his superiors in 1862. His life came to an end in 1863.
In his report to the Commission of Fisheries was attached "a list of vessels engaged exclusively in the coasting trade along the Georgian Bay and the north shores of Lakes Huron and Superior, during last season (1862), all of which were boarded" by him.
Adeline - Collingwood.
Adeline - S - Colllngwood
Albatross - S - St. Clair River
Annie Leys - S - Goderich
Angus Morrison - S - Collingwood - Wrecked and taken off
Ariel - S - Owen Sound
Brothers -S- Collingwood
Baltic -D- Colpoy's Bay
Buck Horn - D - Saugen - Seized by means, still under seizure
Caledonia - S - Saugeen
Coquette - S - Owen Sound
Delight - S - Saul: Ste. Marie - American
Delia Wright - S - Sombra - Wintering on Lake Superior
Dew Drop - D - Collingwood
E.K. Kane - S - Sugar Island - American
Ebenezer Warner - S - Sault Ste. Marie - American
Emily - S - Collingwood - Wrecked
Garibaldi - S - Owen Sound
Henrietta - S - Shebanawning (Killarney - B.P.)
Isabella Ainslie -S - Leith - Wrecked.
Isabella - S - Michipicoton - Hudson Bay Company
Jane - S - Fort William- Hudson Bay Company
J. C. Clarke - S - Point Aux Barques - American
J. C. Wilson - S - Goderich
Kangaroo - S - Mississauga
Lady of the Lake - D - Isle of Coves
Mermaid - S - Sugar Island - American
Mermaid - S - Penetanguishene
Muskoka - D - Collingwood
Man Every - S - Salvail's Mills American bottom
Melissa - S - Owen Sound
Mariner - S - Saugeen
Mountaineer - S - Salvail's Mills.
McTavish - S - LaCloche - Hudson's Bay Company
Neewash - S - Owen Sound
North America - D - Sable River - American bottom
Napier - D- Owen Sound
Ploughboy - D - LaCloche - Hudson Bay Company
Prince of Wales - D - Collingwood
Prince of Wales - D Sault Ste. Marie
Pearl - S - Penetanguishene
Phantom - D - Meaford
Queen of the West - D - Mississauga - Wrecked
Rescue - D - Thornbury
Rob Roy - S - Owen Sound
Stanley - S - Collingwood
Sailor's, Bride - Penetanguishene - Wrecked
Sturgeon - S - Bruce Mines
Sydenham - S - Owen Sound
Sam Slick - D - Penetanguishene
St. George - S - Savail's Mills
Tecumseth - S - Owen Sound
Vivid - S - Penetanguishene
Wm. Wallace - S - Bruce Mines - Sold and taken away in (the) Fall
Waubamuck - S - Penetanguishene - A new schooner of about 60 tons launched in the summer of 1862.
Gibbard - in this report dated January 9, 1863 - mentioned that the letter 2 after each name was to denote a schooner or scow over 10 tons. The D stood for decked boat.
      He also stated that "in the above list are not included the large class of vessels engaged in the grain and lumber trade, which vessels pass, direct from port to port, and are not likely to be engaged in either Smuggling or Indian Trading, or trading within the Free Ports".
It is ironic that William Gibbard was drowned - when he was enroute from the Sault to Killarney - after either falling or being pushed from the deck of the PLOUGHBOY one of the boats he had inspected one year earlier. The incident took place near Heywood Island.
      Manitoulin Recorder
      Wednesday, August 8, 1984


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Reason: aground
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Freight: fish, flour
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    Latitude: 45.515555 Longitude: -81.070277
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Emily (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1858