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Norway (Schooner), U72583, aground, 1 Sep 1883

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The schooner NORWAY, bound from Byng Inlet with tmber for Garden Island ran ashore off Port Colborne and will probably be a total loss. She is broken in two but the crew got to shore in a small boat. She was built in Kingston in 1872, registered as 332 tons and owned by Calvin & Son of Garden Island.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 26, 1883

Kingston, Ont., Sept. 26. -- The schooner NORWAY is ashore and dismasted near Port Colborne. She is laden with pine timber from Georgian bay. The crew are safe. This is the fourth accident she has met with. -- Inter Ocean.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

The Schooner NORWAY, of Kingston, owned by Calvin & Son, of Garden Island, went ashore while trying to make this harbor Monday Night. She is lying on rock bottom, east of the piers dismasted, full of water and likely to prove a total loss. She was bound from Byng Inlet to Kingston, laden with timber. No insurance. - Port Colborne Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

      Captain Crawford's Statement.
      Captain Crawford, of the wrecked schooner NORWAY, states that he first got the gale of wind when off Port Burwell. The gale increased until he was down near Long Point, when it moderated a little, but not enough to get under the Point, so he had to go on to Port Colborne. When he got about fifteen miles below the point the wind went back to the southwest, and the wind and seas increased so much, and he had so much timber on deck, that he could not haul out to get to Buffalo, so he could do nothing but try to make Port Colborne harbor. He placed confidence in the vessel as she handled splendidly. He says he ranged the lights and got into the piers all right and ran into the little lighthouse, but could not carry canvas to get any further. He depended upon the tugs getting him, but the tug men did not seem much interested, and the vessel lapped on the pier. before he let go his anchor he hallooed to the tug to hurry and get hold of them, but it did not seem to do any good, so the anchor was cast and her stern post knocked out, and after her spars went she lay quite easy.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883


Port Colborne, Ont. Oct. 2. -- A steam pump arrived here this morning to work on the schooners HERCULES and NORWAY, which went ashore in the storm a week ago. It was put aboard the HERCULES and she was pulled off this afternoon, having sustained hardly any damage. They will try and release the NORWAY tomorrow.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

Port Colborne, Ont., Oct. 10. -- The schooner NORWAY was got off the beach here last evening and was towed into the harbor. One of the steam pumps broke down after getting her in and the vessel filled with water again and capsized. She rolled on the steamer CHIEFTAIN, the spars and rigging doing considerable dameage to the steamer.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

      The schooner NORWAY has arrived at Garden Island with her bottom nearly pounded out. She was towed down by the CHIEFTAIN. It is intended to put her on the ways at the Island, and have her converted into a barge for next summer's service.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

Schooner NORWAY. Official Canada No. 72583. Of 332 tons reg. Built Garden Island, Ont., 1872. Home port, Kingston, Ont. 135.5 x 26.0 x 11.9. Owned by D.D. Calvin, of Garden Island, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886
NOTE:-- Rebuilt and still alive in 1903, Reported broken up in 1920. [Runge]

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    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
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Norway (Schooner), U72583, aground, 1 Sep 1883