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Siberia (Schooner), C71177, aground, 1 Nov 1883

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      [Special Telegram to the Unter Ocean]
Port Rowan, Ont., Oct. 31. -- The schooner which went ashore on Long Point is the SIBERIA, of Kingston, loaded with square oak timber from Toledo to Kingston. When off Port Burwell, about 6 o'clock yesterday morning, she began to leak. men were put to the pumps, but in spite of their efforts she gained six feet in one hour. The men finally gave up. The next idea was to beach her. They headed her about for shore with the hope of reaching the end of Long Point, but she water-logged and became unmanageable, and went ashore at 9 o'clock one mile west of the west end of the lighthouse, having lost her fore-sail, and three jibs. The crew of eight men and a woman at once took to the rigging, and there remained till morning. The life-boat crew from this station having proceeded to the wreck found it impossible to launch the boat owing to the heavy sea running at the time. After waiting on the beach all night they succeeded in getting off the crew all safe this morning at 8 o'clock. The woman cook was the only one who suffered from the tiresom position. They had nothing to eat for twenty-four hours. There were two horses on board which were swept off and drowned. The vessel had a large deck load which was soon washed off by the heavy sea. The SIBERIA now lies in an easy position in eleven feet of water, and, with immediate assistance of steam pumps and a tug, may be got off unless heavy weather prevents. It is, however, so late in the season that it is very doubtful if anything will be done this fall.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

The Schooner SIBERIA, laden with oak timber from Toledo, was beached on Long Point Wednesday last. When half way distant down the lake she sprung a bad leak, and despite every exertion at the pumps, it was found impossible to keep her afloat, and she was accordingly run ashore one mile west of the lighthouse, where she lies embedded in the sand with eleven feet of water. She was built at Garden Island in 1874, and is 400 tons burden. She is valued at $18,000. The crew suffered severely during the time of the disaster and had nothing to eat for twenty four hours. A woman cook shared the perils of the storm. - Detroit Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883
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SIBERIA of 379 Tons, and 9 years of age. Valued at $16,000, became a total loss on Lake Erie during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

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      Tht PRIDE OF AMERICA reported a schr. ashore on Long Point. It is thought to be the schr. SIBERIA, which went ashore last fall.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 21, 1884 3-4

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      Port of Kingston
Schooner SIBERIA. Official Canada No. 71177. Of 360.33 gross tons. Built Garden Island, Ont., 1874 by Henry Roney. 136.0 x 24.5 x 12.1 Three masts - Registration closed as vessel became a Total loss at west end of Long Point, lake Erie, November 1883.
      National Archives of Canada
      RG-42, C-2473 Vol. 233

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Reason: aground
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Freight: timber
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Siberia (Schooner), C71177, aground, 1 Nov 1883