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Emma (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1861

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EMMA Schooner, general cargo, stranded at Whitby. Total loss of vessel, cargo saved in a damaged condition.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

The schooner EMMA, of Hamilton, 250 tons burden, Pease master, from Montreal to Hamilton, laden with hardware, crockery and pig iron, consigned to Judson & Co., of Hamilton, was caught in the gale to the eastwards of Toronto and sought shelter behind Gibraltar Point, where she cast anchor at 2 o'clock on the morning of Saturday. At 5;30 a.m. her cables parted, and she tried to make Port Credit harbour. She however, at 8:30 a.m. struck upon the west pier at the entrance "broke her back" went to pieces and sank in ten minutes. Nothing is to be seen of her now but her masts, and portions of the hull floating attached to the rigging over where she lies.
      The only portion of her cargo which will float, viz, the bales of crockery, are now lying along our beach to the westward of the harbour, the master and crew barely escaped with their lives. The vessel and cargo it is feared will be a total loss.
      Toronto Globe
      Monday, November 4, 1861

Schooner EMMA. [C] 168 tons. Built 1849 at Oswego. Owned by Garrett & Co. Home port, Hamilton. Value $2,600. Class B 2. REMARKS. -- formerly the C. AMES; large repairs.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860

      Port Number 4 of 1854. Dated April 1, 1854
Schooner - - EMMA, Former name CAROLINE AMES
Tonnage - - 132.15
Where Built- - Little Salmon Creek, N.Y.
      Date Built - - 1849

Length - - 90 feet
Breadth - - 17 feet & eight tenths
Depth of hold - 8 feet & six tenths
Masts - - Two
Stern - - Square
Figure-head - None
Master's name - A. MacIntyre

Owner - Charles Freeland, of Hamilton and -?- Garrett, of Hamilton.
      Bill of Sale, dated Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 2, 1854

      QUICK WORK. - The schooner CAROLINE AMES, which went ashore near Long Point, some time since, with a cargo of salt, and filled, was abandoned by her owners to the Underwriters, and by them sold to Mr. E.K. Bruce of this city, has been got off and brought into port. She was pumped out by a rotary steam pump belonging to Messrs. Fox & Bruce in just fifteen minutes under the supervision of Capt. B.F. Davison.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, July 19, 1853

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: general cargo
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.55011 Longitude: -79.58291
William R. McNeil
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Emma (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1861