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Concord (Brig), U4390, sunk, 1 Nov 1869


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CONCORD Brig, foundered near Port Stanley; five lives and vessel total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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The prop. BRUNO arrived at Port Stanley last night and reports that the brig CONCORD of Detroit, sunk 3 miles from shore off Port Bruce. The BRUNO rescued 3 men from her mast-head. The men had been clinging to it for 48 hours. Two of them, H.W. Riley, of Charleston, S.C. and Thomas Conners of Detroit, had their feet badly frozen. The rest of the crew, 5 in number consisting of Capt. McFay, the sailing master, a deck hand, and Mary Jane English and her daughter were drowned. The captain of the BRUNO reports a bark at anchor off Port Burwell with her masts, bowsprit and all head gear gone.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 20, 1869 3-6

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Detroit, Nov. 19. -- The steam barges HENRY HOWARD, WARRINGTON, and schooner WARNER, are ashore in Saginaw Bay. The two former insured in the Republic, Chicago. The tug and pumps were sent from here.
      The following disasters on Lake Erie :
      The propeller GRANITE STATE, full of water on Gull Island Reef.
      Brig CONCORD, of Detroit, cargo of coal, lost off Port Bruce. All but mate and two sailors perished.....
      Toledo Blade
      November 20, 1869



The brig CONCORD with all hands except the mate and two deck hands, was lost off Port Bruce, Tuesday night.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 22, 1869 3-5

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A private telegram received yesterday announced the loss of the brig CONCORD with all on board, save the mate and 2 hands, off Port Bruce, Lake Erie, on Tuesday night. She was commanded by Capt. McPeel, and owned by Messrs. Whittaker & Parker of this city, rated B1, valued at $11,000, and insured in New York Companies for $8,000. She was about 20 years old, but has been rebuilt and overhauled as late as 1865, and was now considered as sound. Her cargo of coal for Messrs. Viger of this city was also insured.
By a special telegram to the Free Press we learn that the prop. BRUNO rescued 3 men who had clung to the wreck. One of them, Thomas Conna, of detroit, had his feet badly frozen. The lost were Capt. McFee, Mary English, her daughter, Mary Jane English, and 2 seamen, names unknown. Capt. Gaskin of the BRUNO, also reports seeing a propeller with 2 lights at her masthead, drifting down the lake on Wednesday night, in an apparently helpless condition.
A dispatch dated Port Stanley, Nov. 19th, gives the following additional particulars concerning the loss of the brig CONCORD:
The prop. BRUNO arrived last night, and reports the brig CONCORD of Detroit sunk 3 miles from shore off Port Bruce. The BRUNO rescued 3 men from her masthead. The men had been swinging to it 48 hours. Two of the men, H.W. Riley of Charleston, S.C. and Thomas Conners, of Detroit, had there feet badly frozen. The rest of the crew, 5 in number, consisting of Capt. McFay, the sailing master, a deck hand and Mary Jane English were drowned.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 20, 1869


The brig CONCORD sunk 7 miles off Port Burwell. The crew clung to the rigging as long as possible but 6 of the members perished. The remaining 3 succeeded in reaching shore. No further particulars of the disaster have reached us. The CONCORD was bound up with coal.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 20, 1869 3-5



The brig CONCORD of Detroit, with a cargo of coal, was lost off Port Bruce, all but the mate and 2 sailors perished.
A dispatch from Port Stanley syas that the prop. BRUNO arrived there last night, and reports the brig CONCORD, of Detroit sunk 3 miles from shore, off Port Bruce. The BRUNO rescued 3 men from her masthead. The men had been clinging to it for 48 hours. Two of the crew H.W. Riley of Charleston, S.C. and Thomas Conners of Detroit had their feet bady frozen. The rest of the crew 5 in number, consisting of Capt. McFay, the sailing master, a deck hand and Mary Jane English, were drowned. The captain of the BRUNO reports a bark at anchor off Port Burwell with most of her bowsprit and all her head gear gone.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      November 20, 1869 3-4



A telegram received yesterday afternoon brought the intelligence that the brig CONCORDwas lost on the Canada shore. She was loaded with coal for Detroit, and left on Monday last.
The brig CONCORD is lost with entire crew but mate and one man.
      LATEST
      Port Burwell, Nov. 19.
Capt. E.P. Dorr: Three men saved off CONCORF. Two women, the captain, sailing master and one seaman washed off.
The following dispatch was received yesterday morning by Capt. Dorr.
      Port Burwell, Nov. 18.
Large bark 4 miles off, foremast gone.
Large fore and aft schooner 7 miles off sunk - men clinging in rigging.
A brig ashore at Long Pt. Cut.
Having telegraphed for further information yesterday afternoon, the following dispatch was received.
      Port Burwell, 3 P.M.
The barque lies 4 miles below here, 2 miles out in distress. Three men were taken from the mast head of vessel (probably the brig CONCORD - Rep.) 5 miles above here and 3 miles out, by prop. BRUNO. The stern of the CONCORD of Detroit, came ashore 3 miles below here.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 20, 1869 2-5



The CONCORD which was lost off Port Bruce on Tuesday night, was commanded by Capt. McPeel, and owned by Messrs. Whittaker & Parker of Detroit, rated B1, valued at $11,000, and insured in New York companies. She was about 20 years old, but has been rebuilt and overhauled as late as 1865, as was now considered as sound. Her cargo of coal for Messrs. Vigor of Detroit was also insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 22, 1869 4-3



Brig CONCORD. U. S. No. 4390. Of 193.76 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869


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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1869
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McN.W.8305
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Concord (Brig), U4390, sunk, 1 Nov 1869