Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Eureka (Schooner), C46229, sunk, 1 Nov 1883
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Another schooner has gone down to the bottom and added one more to the long list of vessels lost this season by the heavy blows. The vessel referred to is the EUREKA, Captain Chambers, owned by the captain and Mr. Chadwick, Kingston. She had on board 270 tons of coal, consigned to Mr. Walsh, of this city. The captain made the following statement this afternoon. He left Oswego yesterday at 12:30. The wind was blowing a stiff gale from the southeast. When they had got about ten miles from the shore the pumps of the EUREKA were sounded, when there was found four inches of water in them. The schooner then rode the billows deep with apparent ease, and the captain and crew began to feel confident that they would reach Kingston safely before 9 o'clock. Vain delusion. At three o'clock the wind began to whistle through the rigging of the EUREKA, and the captains expectations seemed to him to be only castles in the air. The wind came from the Sou-south-west. The sea was rolling at a terrible pitch, and the schooner was scudding before the wind like a chip. He had to jibe the foresail, which threw the sea on her lee side. At times the water swept over the deck of the EUREKA, and filled her to the rail. All the while the crew were at the pumps, working like Trojans. She began to leak off the Ducks. When the captain saw that the schooner was leaking, he tried to set the foregaff sail so as to beach her. He could not get it set and things began to look blue for the safety of the crew. Their lives were in danger. About 5 o'clock she registered seven feet of water in her hold. They saw her settling, and thought it time to abandoned her. The sea was still running high. The yawl was lowered with difficulty, and the captain and six men jumped in and started for Simcoe Light. Before they got far the yawl began to fill and death seemed to stare them in the face. Two men were kept constantly kept bailing out the yawl. As the crew had left nearly all their clothes on board the vessel, they were nearly frozen, the night being bitter cold. When very near Simcoe Light the captain looked back and saw his boat sinking. He says she gave two lurches, first from one side, and then went down. The schooner is valued at $2,500 and was insured for $1,800. Captain Chambers paid $1,000 on her last summer, for his half. - Kingston News.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

EUREKA Schooner of 211 Tons, and 25 years of age. Valued at $1,500. Became a total loss on Lake Ontario during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Schooner EUREKA. Official Canada No. 46229. 0f 152 tons reg. Built at Wilson, N.Y.,in 1858. Home port, Montreal, Que. 102.0 x 24.0 x 9.5. Owned by William Nickle of Kingston, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1874
      Port of Montreal [Imperial Act.]

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.151388 Longitude: -76.555277
William R. McNeil
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Eureka (Schooner), C46229, sunk, 1 Nov 1883