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Leadville (Schooner), U140367, sunk, 17 Nov 1882

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Port Colborne, Ont., Nov. 17. -- During a heavy wind from the northeast, early this morning, the schooner LEADVILLE, from Oswego to Sandusky, with coal, in making the harbor at Port Dalhousie, parted the tug's line, and ran into the west pier, sinking her immediately in about eighteen feet of water on a sand bottom. She is insured for $12,000, and valued at $20,000; owned by Messrs. Griffin and Cummings, of Oswego.
[The LEADVILLE measures 343 tons. She was built at Oswego in 1879 by George Goble for M. J. Cummings, rates A 1, and is valued in the Insurance Lloyds at $16,000. The Insurance is in the Hull Pool.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882
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The schooner LEADVILLE of Oswego, Friday morning sank in lake Ontario off Port Dalhousie with a cargo of 600 tons of coal on board.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 18, 1882
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      Port Dalhousie, Ont.- Nov. 18. -- Captain John Rice, of Buffalo, representing the marine insurance companies, and M.J. Cummings, the owner of the sunken schooner LEADVILLE, arrived here last night to inspect the schooner and see what could be done towards raising her and getting her into the harbor. Early this morning a diver went down and put a temporary patch over the holes and broken timbers, and at 3 P. M. a steam pump began pumping her out, and at 3 P. M. [?]she was afloat, and the tug SAM PERRY towed her into the harbor to the coal dock. The steam pump easily kept her free of water. They will begin unloading her cargo of coal Monday morning. When it is out she will be put in dry-dock here for repairs. Her starboard bow is badly crushed in, both plank and timbers.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882
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The Schooner LEADVILLE, from Oswego, arrived with hard coal for the I.B. & W. She started last fall, but sank in the Welland Canal. There was some trouble in getting the consignees to accept the coal, owing to its being damaged, they claim, by the vessel sinking.
      Marine Record
      May 19, 1883

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Schooner LEADVILLE * U. S. No. 140367. Of 344.63 tons gross;326.45 tons net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1879. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
[ * = Reported lost or otherwise out of service ]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
NOV. 17 -- Schooner LEADVILLE, at Port Dalhousie. Crew saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882
NOTE:- The Inter Ocean Total Loss List for 1882, pasted in Hall's Scrapbook, had been edited by someone, [unknown], who did not agree with the total loss of the LEADVILLE as indicated by an X beside the entry ?


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.26629
William R. McNeil
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Leadville (Schooner), U140367, sunk, 17 Nov 1882