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Eliza Quinlan (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1882

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QUINLAN, ELIZA Schooner, Home port, Port Hope, Ont., of 131 Tons Reg. bound from Oswego N. Y., to Napanee, stranded December 4, 1882 on Poplar Bar, Prince Edward County, during snow and fog, and became a total loss. Property loss $1,500.
      Department of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1882

      The schooner QUINLAN went ashore on South bay point yesterday afternoon, loaded with coal. All hands saved. Owing to the distance from the telegraph office it is impossible to get any more particulars.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, December 1882

Picton, Ont., December 5. -- It has been ascertained that the Schooner E. QUINLAN, which went ashore last fall on the coast of South Marysburg, has wintered all right so far, and has sustained little damage since winter set in. Efforts will be made as early this spring as possible to get her off.
      Marine Record
      April 7, 1883

      Another attempt is to be made to save the schooner ELIZA QUINLAN, ashore at Long Point with a cargo of coal. The coal is to be taken out and her hold filled with barrels, with the intention of raising her so that she will float off the reef.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

      This is the story of the wreck of the ELIZA QUINLAN, as told many years ago by Captain William VanVlack of Cressy, to his grandson Ross VanVlack.
      "My grandfather, Captain VanVlack, was half owner of the Schooner ELIZA QUINLAN,and he was in command. The other partner was the late Jacob Collier of Picton. They loaded coal up through the bridge at Oswego, on the 3rd. December 1883, bound for Napanee. It froze hard that night, and it was late the next morning when the tugs broke the ice to tow the vessel out into the lake. By that time it had become very foggy, and within a short time it started to snow and blow from the Southwest. About 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon the schooner ran aground on Poplar Bar, three miles West of the Point Traverse Light. It was supposed that her compass, through some attraction, led her off her course.
Captain Nathan McCrimmon, manned a fishing boat with some other men, and pushed out into the foaming breakers to rescue the crew".
Efforts of a salvage tug the next spring, failed to release the ELIZA QUINLAN, and her hull remained on the shore for many years, before it was finally broken up by the elements.
      Canvas & Steam on Quinte Waters (condensed)
      by Willis Metcalfe

ELIZA QUINLAN Schooner of 160 tons (American tons) built Kingston 1852. Owned by Quinlan & Co. Home Port, Port Hope. Classed A 2, valued at $6.500. Surveyed Feb. 1874.
Remarks -- Built on bottom of SARAH.
      Association of Canadian lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register for 1874

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.918611 Longitude: -76.904722
William R. McNeil
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Eliza Quinlan (Schooner), aground, 4 Dec 1882