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Shannon (Schooner), sunk, 29 Jun 1874


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Schooner SHANNON, cargo barley, sprung a leak and sunk in Lake Huron, June 1874. Loss, hull $5,500 cargo $4,000.
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

NOTE:- the Chicago Inter-Ocean List appears to be rather poor.



      The schooner SHANNON, 67 tons, sunk on Lake Ontario recently. No lives were lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, June 23, 1874



Schooner SHANNON, of Kingston, 7 years of age, and 69 Reg. Tons. Bound from Oswego to Gananoque, foundered June 20, 1874, on Lake Ontario, 20 miles from Oswego, after springing a leak. A total loss but no lives lost. Amount of loss $1,800
      Statement of Wreck and Casualty for 1874
      Department of Marine and Fisheries



SHANNON Schooner of 120 Tons. built Battersea 1867 by Davis. Owned by Acton, Port of hail, Kingston. Value $1,800 Class B 2 Last surveyed Feb. 1874.
      Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register for 1874


Gone to the Bottom. - The Schooner SHANNON, Coal Laden, Bids Farewell to the Lake Marine. - This morning between two and three o'clock, Captain Acton and four sailors, the crew of the schooner SHANNON, returned to this port in a yawl, and reported that the schooner, which left here yesterday at 4 P.M., had sprung a leak when between fifteen and twenty miles to the northward of this port, at about 9 o'clock, and sank in twenty minute after the leak was discovered. The SHANNON was laden with 100 tons of coal owned by Beyers, Penn & Beyers, Gananoque, Ont., shipped by E.M. Fort.
      Captain Acton informs us that when the leak was discovered the pumps were manned, but the water gained so rapidly that it was evident the vessel must go down unless the hole was covered. The jib topsail was cut adrift and an attempt was made to jacket the bow, but the suction was so great that the sail disappeared in the hole, which seemed to extend from the keel to the plankshire alongside of the stem.
Realizing that the vessel could float but a short time, the yawl was lowered and a few things, which were on deck were put into her, and an effort was made to save the mainsail which was new. Before the sail could be detached from the boom the vessel lurched, a warning to the crew, and Captain Acton and his sailors pushed off in the boat, just in time to clear the vessel as she disappeared. With but one oar in the boat the long and tiresome passage to this port was undertaken, and after five hours hard sculling this harbor was reached and the crew landed. Captain Acton lost nearly all of his clothing but others saved their bags.
The SHANNON was a small scow schooner of about 100 tons, about six years old and was owned by Captain Acton and his brother, of Gananoque. She was valued at about $2,500 and was but partly insured, Captain Acton having $500 on his one third interest, his brother being uninsured.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Saturday, June 29, 1874

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      Port of Kingston Register
      Number 1 of 1868
      Port Number 183

Name....................... SHANNON
Type....................... Scow/Schooner
Tonnage.................... 69 Tons
When built................. 1867
Where built................ Battersea, County of Frontenac
Builders name & date of certificate:- Robt. Davis. Oct. 7, 1867
Description of vessel:-

Length................... 77 feet & 5/10ths.
Breadth.................. 18 feet & 7/10ths.
Depth of hold............ 5 feet & 7/10ths.

Masts.................... Two
Stern.................... Square
Bowsprit................. Standing
Figurehead............... None
How built................ Carvel
How rigged............... Schooner
Decks.................... One
Present master........... John Yott

      Subscribing Owners :- Yohn Yott, sole owner, sold half shares in the vessel to Wm. Wellbanks of Milford, County of Prince Edward, dated July 7, 1868. John Yott then sold his half to James McRae of Wolfe Island, dated April 26, 1871.

James Nesbit was Master dated May 2, 1871.




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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,500
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1874
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Local identifier:
McN.W.11083
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Shannon (Schooner), sunk, 29 Jun 1874