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Typo (Schooner), U24981, aground, 1 Sep 1883

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The schooner TYPO is lost on Amherst Island, Lake Ontario.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 26, 1883

Capt. James Bruce tonight telegraphed the owners of the TYPO at this port from Bath, Ontario, that the TYPO had gone ashore this morning on Amherst Island, near Kingston, and that she was badly broken up and full of water. The TYPO has a cargo of 22,500 bushels of wheat, shipped from J.C. Kershaw & Company of this port, and consigned to Kingston. The cargo which is a total loss, is insured. The TYPO measures 303 tons, and was built at this port in 1873. She was owned by Al. and Louis Bieyer, and is valued at $15,000; fully insured. - Milwaukee Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1883

The two most serious disasters resulting from the storm are those to the fine schooner TYPO, wheat laden, and the schooner W.H. VANDERBILT, with a cargo of iron ore. With some difficulty, the insurance on these two craft and their cargoes was obtained last night. The hull of the TYPO is covered as follows:
      Mechanics and Traders - - - - - $5,000
      Boston Marine - - - - - - - - - - - $7,000 Total Hull Insurance -- $12,000.
The cargo of wheat was taken by the Continental for $24,000.
The vessel measures 336 tons, rated A 2, and was valued at about $13,000. [in the Inland Lloyds Register the valuation is placed at $11,000.]
The VANDERBILT is insured for $15,000 in Crosby & Dimick's agency, divided among the Continental, Thames and Mersey, Union and State, of Pennsylvania. The cargo of iron ore was consigned to the Lackawanna Railroad Company and is uninsured. The VANDERBILT measures 520 tons. She was built in 1867, rebuilt in 1871, and repeatedly repaired since. S.L. Watson, Esq., of Buffalo, is the owner.
In the case of the TYPO and VANDERBILT all hands were saved. The crew of the VANDERBILT arrived safely in Buffalo yesterday morning. -- Inter Ocean.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

      The TYPO and Her Cargo
The Schooner TYPO, ashore at Amherst Island has been lightened by the Canadian schooner GRANTHAM. A telegram was received her to-day by the collector asking if the GRANTHAM would be permitted to bring the damaged grain to Oswego. Permission was granted.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday Oct. 2, 1883

      Released from Amherst Island and brought here for repairs
The Steamer HASTINGS, of Kingston, arrived here last night with the schooner TYPO, and GRANTHAM in tow. The former, a fine large Milwaukee schooner, was wrecked on Amherst island, while on her way down the lake with a cargo of wheat. The GRANTHAM brought over a portion of her cargo. The TYPO was rescued by the Donnelly brothers of Kingston. It takes the two large steam pumps to keep her afloat. She is badly "humped" and twisted, but her sails rigging and spars are all right. The extent to which her bottom is damaged cannot be ascertained until she is placed upon the dry dock, but it is probable there are one or two bad holes. She will be relieved of the balance of her cargo, which is wet and will then be placed upon the dock and repaired.
There are in port at present three crafts that have been partially wrecked and brought here for repairs. The propeller PRUSSIA, wrecked in the St. Lawrence, the schooner SAREPTA, stranded at Fair Haven, and the TYPO wrecked at Amherst Island.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Wednesday Oct. 4, 1883

The Schooner TYPO has been released and 2,000 bushels of her grain cargo recovered in a dry condition. - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 4, 1883

TYPO Schooner, ashore Sept 25, 1883. App. value $11,000 app. loss $10,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

TYPO Schooner of 309 Tons Reg. and 11 years old. Home port, Milwaukee. Bound from Milwaukee to Kingston vessel stranded on Grapey Shoal, due to stress of weather September 26, 1883. A partial loss of $6,000. No lives lost.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1883
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

Schooner TYPO. U. S. No. 24981. Of 335.95 tons gross; 319.16 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1873. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 137.0 x 26.0 x 11.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

NOTE :- Grape Island lies off Amherst Island, and the shoal south of the Island was likely known as Grapey Shoal ?

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: included
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.132222 Longitude: -76.727777
William R. McNeil
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Typo (Schooner), U24981, aground, 1 Sep 1883