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City of Toronto (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1858


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Schooner CITY OF TORONTO (C), cargo wheat, ashore at Oswego, total loss. Property loss $20,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      ASHORE. - The schooner CITY OF TORONTO, Capt. George Goulding, went ashore outside the piers on Thursday night about eleven o'clock, and now lays high on the rocks. She left Toronto Thursday morning and encountered a heavy gale before getting half-way across the lake. She rode gallantly till near this port when the tiller broke close off in the rudder, leaving her at the mercy of the waves. When within a few yards of the entrance of the harbor she let go her anchor, which held but a short time in the furious gale, when she drifted on the rocks outside the piers. Her crew shouted for help, the City Hall bell was rung, and the crew were rescued. Her cargo consisted of about 4,795 bushels of wheat for Penfield, Lyon & Co., 600 barrels of flour consigned to T.C. Guy, together with 1,427 bushels of peas, and 20 barrels of oatmeal. The vessel was insured in the Buffalo Mutual. - Oswego Pal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, November 22, 1858

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ASHORE. - The schooner City of Toronto, Capt. George Goulding, went ashore on the piers on Thursday night about eleven o'clock, and now lays high on the rocks. She left Toronto Thursday morning, and encountered a heavy gale before getting half-way across the lake. She rode gallantly until near this port, when the tiller broke close off to the rudder, leaving her at the mercy of the waves. When within a few yards of the entrance of the harbor she let go her anchor, which held but a short time in the furious gale, when she drifted on the rocks outside the piers. Her crew shouted for help, the City Hall bell was rung, and the crew were rescued. Her cargo consisted of about 4,795 bushels of wheat, 630 barrels of flour, together with 1,427 bushels of peas and 23 barrels of oatmeal. The vessel is insured in the Buffalo Mutual. - Oswego Pal. Saturday (Nov. 20)
      Detroit Free Press
      November 23, 1858

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      The schooner CITY OF TORONTO, that went ashore outside the Piers is being stripped of her sails and tackle. She lays close alongside the pier, is filled with water, and probably has lost most of her bottom by pounding, but sits square and erect. She appears to be little injured above water, but the cargo of wheat and flour in her hold is washed out.
      The tugs had a 'pulling time' yesterday, attempting to get her off. The MORGAN READ and DANA, had their hawsers attached to the cross-trees, in order to lean her over, while the PAGE pulled away with tremendous power on the hull, but it was a 'no go,' as the rocks appeared to be driven entirely through the bottom. After a number of fruitless attempts, the job was given up for the present. She lays in about seven feet of water and will undoubtedly have to be got off with screws. - Oswego Paladium.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, November 26, 1858

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The schooner CITY OF TORONTO, that went ashore outside the Piers is being stripped of her sails and tackle. She lays close alongside the pier, is filled with water, and probably has lost most of her bottom by pounding; but sits square and erect. She appears to be little injured
above water, but the cargo of wheat and flour in her hold is washed out, and colored the water in the Lake a long distance around. She will doubtless be hauled around to the dry dock and repaired.
The tugs had a "pulling time" yesterday, attempting to get her off. The Morgan, Read, and Dana, had their hawsers attached to the cross trees, in order to lean her over, while the Page pulled away with tremendous power on the hull, but it was "no go," as the rocks appeared to be driven entirely through the bottom. After a number of fruitless attempts, the was given up for the present. She lays in about seven feet of water, and will undoubtedly have to be got off with screws.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, November 23, 1858

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      THE STORM. - The Oswego Times, of the 30th, says:- The most terrible storm of the season has raging all day. The "CITY OF TORONTO," which has been on the rocks outside the Piers for the last two weeks, was got off today, without the assistance of tugs. The breakers dashing against her she could not withstand. About noon she went to pieces. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, December 6, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1858
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Local identifier:
McN.W.3844
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Toronto (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1858