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D. M. Foster (Schooner), aground, 30 Nov 1882

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The schooner D.M. FOSTER went ashore at Oswego last night and is a total wreck. The crew were all saved.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, December 1, 1882

Toronto, Ont., Dec. 1. -- A despatch from Oswego today conveyed the intelligence that the schooner D.M. FOSTER, lumber laden, from this port, was driven ashore under Fort Ontario. It is said that the vessel will be a total loss. The FOSTER was a Toronto vessel, and belonged to Messrs. Sylvester Bros., of this city. The event was the subject of much remark on the Corn Exchange, where the firm of Sylvester Bros., is held in respect. The vessel was actually laid up about ten days ago, when the owners were urged to make this charter, and she was put in commission again. The crew were saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, Nov./ Dec. 1882

FOSTER, D.M. of 19 years of age, belonging to the port of Port Burwell, a Schooner of 251 Reg.Tons. Bound from Oak Orchard to Oswego, N. Y., on November 30, 1882, her tow line broke while being towed in to Oswego she struck the East breakwater and stranded and became a total loss with her cargo. Property loss on hull $3,000. on cargo $300.
      Department of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1882

The wreck of the Schooner FOSTER, which lies under the fort has not broken up to any extent. Oswego Report.
      Marine Record
      April 14, 1883

The spars have been taken out of the wreck of the FOSTER which was lying on the rocks where she struck since last fall. This lightened the wreck and some time during the night the hull floated off, and this morning was out of sight down the lake. -- Oswego Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
NOV. 30 -- Schooner D.M. FOSTER, near Fort Ontario.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

      The hull of the schooner D.M. FOSTER, which was wrecked under the Fort at Oswego last fall, has been sold to J. Mercier, who is cutting her up for fire wood.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

      Brig D.M. FOSTER. Of 251 tons reg. Built Port Burwell, Ont., 1862. Home port, Port Burwell, Ont. Owned by Caleb Giles, of Toronto, Ont. 120.5 x 23.2 x 9.3.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1874

Bark DAVID M. FOSTER. [no number] Of 315 tons gross. Built Port Burwell, Ont., 1863. Became schooner 1871
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $300
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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D. M. Foster (Schooner), aground, 30 Nov 1882