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New Dominion (Schooner), sunk, 28 Oct 1884


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NEW DOMINION Schooner. Home port, Toronto. On Oct. 29, 1884, schooner sunk off Gull Island, Lake Erie, with a cargo of coal, and became a total loss. Hull loss $3,500. Cargo loss $1,500. Insurance $4,000.
      Disasters to Lake Shipping 1884
      Cleveland Herald, Nov. 28th. 1884

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      Port Colborne, Oct. 29 - The prop. ALMA MONROE which arrived down today reports a vessel sunk about 10 miles south of Mohawk Island. The vessel has 2 masts and is supposed to be the schr. LUCINDA VAN VALKENBERG.
      Toronto Globe
      October 30, 1884 7-6

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      Port Colborne, Oct. 31 - The schooner NEW DOMINION of Toronto, bound from Cleveland to St. Catharines with coal, is overdue here several days and anxiety is felt for her safety. It is rumored tonight that the vessel sunk off Gull Island is the NEW DOMINION and not the VAN VALKENBERG. People who have seen the yawl boat which came ashore at Port Maitland say it is to small for the VAN VALKENBERG, but would be suitable for the NEW DOMINION.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 1, 1884 8-3

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      Port Colborne, Nov. 1 - The tug S. NEELSON arrived down the lake last night Capt. Baurin says that they ran to the sunken schooner off Mohawk Island yesterday evening and that he is satisfied she is the NEW DOMINION of Port Rowan, owned by Captains Griffith and Daley who were both aboard her, the former was captain and Daley as mate. The vessel was bound from Cleveland to St. Catharines with a cargo of about 350 tons of coal. Her registered tonnage was 150 tons. It is said she was insured for about $2,500. Griffith and Daley are old canal captains, having traded through the canal a good many years. The
former lived in Hamilton, but formerly lived in St. Catharines. He also leaves a wife and family. The Captain's sister-in-law served as a stewardess, and Daniel Murry, St. Catharines as a sailor. The above are all the names that can be obtained of the unfortunate crew.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 2, 1884 2-1

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      Port Colborne, Nov. 1 - The schooner sunk off Gull Island turned out to be the schr. NEW DOMINION instead of the VAN VALKENBERG. A tug went to her yesterday evening and examined her sails and got some articles off her, which have been identified as belonging to the NEW DOMINION. The NEW DOMINION was laden with about 300 tons of coal for the gas works at St. Catharines, having loaded at Cleveland. She registers 182 tons and was built at Port Dalhousie in 1857. She was owned by Capt. James Griffith and Capt. John Dailey. They were both aboard the ill-fated vessel. Griffith served as master and Dailey as mate A sailor named Daniel Murray and the captains sister-in-law, who served as cook, formed part of the crew. There can be no doubt now that the crew have all lost their lives. Capts. Griffiths and Dailey are well known along the lakes having commanded a number of different vessels in the past 20 years. Capt. Dailey sailed the schr. LAURA before buying into the DOMINION. The schooner was valued at $3,500 and insured for $2,500. She is registered in Toronto.
      Toronto Globe
      November 3, 1884 7-4

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      Port Colborne, Nov. 3 - A son of Capt. Griffith of the lost schr. NEW DOMINION drove to Port Maitland yesterday where he found unmistakable proof that the sunken vessel is the NEW DOMINION. He recognized the yawl boat, and he also found the desk which was washed ashore with the vessels papers in it. He also found a number of articles belonging to his father. None but the woman cooks body has been washed ashore yet. The woman he says is a stranger, his father having shipped her at Cleveland.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 4, 1884 1-9

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      Port Colborne, Nov. 8 - Another body supposed to be that of one of the crew of the lost schr. NEW DOMINION was ashore near Port Maitland yesterday and was hurled on the beach. It was not identified. Should it be found that it belonged to the ill-fated vessel it would prove the crew abandoned her and tried to make Port Maitland, at the head of Grand River, in the vessels yawl, and that the boat was swamped in rounding the pier. The occupants must have been weakened by the exposure to the elements and have been unable to cope with heavy seas or to manage the boat as skillfully as necessary. The vessels papers and the captains letter and papers were found in the desk which came ashore badly
broken.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 9, 1884 1-9

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      Port Colborne, Nov. 10 - A brother-in-law of Captains Griffith and Daily, who has been searching for their bodies for the past several days today discovered the body of Capt. Griffith on the beach near Port Maitland, a short distance from where the woman cooks body and that of the unknown man were found This virtually settles that the crew had took to the yawl when they had found the vessel sinking, and were swamped while trying to enter Grand River. The body of Capt. Daily has not yet been found. The body of Capt. Griffith will be taken to St. Catharines for burial tomorrow.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 11, 1884 1-8

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $3,500
Cargo: $1,500
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1884
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McN.W.8764
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.834722 Longitude: -79.522777
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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New Dominion (Schooner), sunk, 28 Oct 1884