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George C. Finney (Schooner), U10545, aground, 1 Nov 1883

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Special dispatches say the schooner on Ford's Shoals, five miles west of Oswego, is the GEORGE C. FINNEY, of Chicago, coal-loaded for this port, and not the LEWIS ROSS, as was stated in an afternoon dispatch. The later dispatch says: "When discovered this morning she was about a half mile out, with the sea making a clean breach over her. It was snowing so hard that it is impossible to tell whether the crew of four men are on board. The surf-boat capsized twice, and the entire crew narrowly escaped drowning. A tug has just gone up with a metallic life-boat." Still later dispatches from her are given elsewhere in this issue. The FINNEY is commanded by Captain Simon Murray, and has a crew of two mates, four seamen, and a steward. She is owned by George C. Finney, Esq., of Chicago, the well-known ship chandler. The hull is insured for $9,000 in the Thames and Mersey, the Buffalo, and the Union of Philadelphia. The freight list is insured for $950. The FINNEY got $1:75 the trip on coal from Charlotte to Chicago. She has been a very lucky vessel and never before cost an insurance company a dollar. She measured 300 tons. classed A 2½ , and was valued at $12,000
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

GEORGE C. FINNEY is reported ashore on the Ford Shoals. The life savers are making efforts to take off the crew. - Oswego Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883
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Oswego, Nov. 21 - The schr. G.C. FINNEY which was ashore west of Oswego, was brought into port this evening.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 23, 1883 3-5

      About 5:30 last evening the tugs SUMMER, CUMMINGS and NAVAGH were seen steaming into the harbor dragging the schooner GEORGE C. FINNEY which they had at last succeeded in getting off the shoal. The work had been very difficult as the schooner filled nearly as fast as the pumps could get the water out. She is now lying at Cook's coal dock and the pumps were busy on her this morning. No estimate of the amount of damage can be made at present. The schooner is badly humped and her bottom in bad condition and the repairs must be extensive. She will probably be put on Mitchell & Gallagher's drydock as Goble & Macfarlan's dockis still occupied by the TYPO and will be for some weeks. Some lively work was done yesterday as every one was satisfied that if the schooner was left on the shoal another night, it would be impossible to remove her. The wind changed, as was expected about 2:30 o'clock this morning and the schooner would undoubtedly have broken up. The work of getting her off was somewhat impeded yesterday by the fact that the SUMMER got a line in her wheel which disabled her for some time .- Oswego Times, Nov. 22.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 29, 1883

Schooner GEORGE C. FINNEY, near Oswego, Lake Ontario, valued at $14,000; insured for $7,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Cleveland Herald
      November 21, 1883

GEORGE C. FINNEY, schooner. Official U. S. Number 10545, of 300.66 gross tons, 285.63 net tons. Built at Oswego in 1866. Home port, Buffalo. 136.7 x 26 x 10.8
      List of Merchant Vessels of U. S. A., 1891

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    Latitude: 43.44257 Longitude: -76.58661
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George C. Finney (Schooner), U10545, aground, 1 Nov 1883