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Maple Leaf (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1883

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Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 16. -- Boats in this vicinity fared badly last night. The wind proved more disastrous to shipping than for many years hereabouts. The fine propeller AVON, of the Union Steamboat Line, is almost high and dry on the south beach, about a mile above the lighthouse. Captain Marion states that when abreast of Dunkirk her iron tiller broke. A wooden one was substituted, and that also broke. An oak fender was brought into requisition, but that also proved insufficient. She had drifted down to here when two tugs succeeded in getting lines to her. Both, however, gave way, leaving her to the mercy of the waves which landed her where she now lies.
The AVON is one of the largest and finest propellers on the lakes. She measures 1,702 tons, was built at Buffalo by the Union Drydock Company in 1877, rates A 1*, and is valued at 130,000. The Union Steamboat Company are the owners. Hull and cargo insured.
      The little Canadian schooner MAPLE LEAF is also on South Beach, three miles above the lighthouse. She is well up.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The schr. MAPLE LEAF ashore near the sand-catch, is sinking in the sand, having gone down about 8 ft. thus far. The loss comes rather hard on Capt. Haskins, as he has only made two trips since he bought the vessel. He says that all he has to do to put a plank overboard and walk ashore. The vessel is a small craft, measurement 141 tons, rating A2 1/2 and of $3,500 valuation. She has $2,700 hull insurance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1883 3-4

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      Schooner MAPLE LEAF, of 135 Tons, and 16 years of age. Valued at $3,000. Became a total loss on Lake Erie during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the lakes in 1883
      Marine Record
      December 27, 1883

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      Schooner MAPLE LEAF, ashore Nov. 16, 1883. App. value $2,700. App. loss $2,700.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe
      December 4, 1883

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      Schooner MAPLE LEAF, of 109 Tons Reg. Port of Hail, Port Burwell. On Nov. 16, 1883 vessel stranded 3 miles west of Buffalo in a gale. Three years of age. partial loss, hull damage $300. Cargo damage $100. She was bound from Buffalo to Port Burwell.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualties for 1883
      Department of Marine & Fisheries
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Schooner MAPLE LEAF, of 108 tons Reg. Home port, Port Burwell. Built 1880 at Picton, 91 x 21.7 x 7.8.
      Dominion of Canada Vessel Register,1886

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      Schooner MAPLE LEAF, of 114 Tons (old tonnage) built 1867 at Picton by Tait, Register Transferred to Port Burwell, Aug. 30, 1880 91.9 x 21.7 x 7.8
      Port of Picton Vessel Register. 20 of 1867

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The little wooden schooner HONORA CARR left Buffalo Friday night with 200 tons of coal for John W. Thomson of this city. About midnight she began leaking. This increased and early Saturday morning she started back for Buffalo. At noon when about 2 miles off Pt. Abino and 14 miles from Buffalo, she foundered in 60 feet of water. One man was drowned, the rest of the crew was rescued by the tug INES. The CARR was formerly the Canadian schooner MAPLE LEAF which was driven ashore in the fall of 1883. In the summer of 1884 the wreck was purchased by Michael Carr, who released her and the next season fitted her out.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 6, 1886
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Canadian schooner MAPLE LEAF wrecked 1883. Rebuilt and renamed HONORA CARR
      "Hist.,of the Great Lakes"
      by Mansfield p. 854

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      HONORA CARR Schooner. Official U.S. No. 95851, of 112.94 Gross Tons and 107.30 Net tons. Foreign Built 1867. Home port, Buffalo. 95.6 x 21.6 x 7.4
      Merchant Vessel List of U.S.,1886
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NOTE:- there is little doubt that MAPLE LEAF *1 and *2 are both the same vessel, and the same casualty.

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,000
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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Maple Leaf (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1883