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Speedwell (Schooner), C72961, burnt, 3 Jun 1896

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Schooner SPEEDWELL, was burnt at her mooring in the harbor at Toronto, June 3,1896. A Total loss.
      Toronto Harbor Master's Report
      Sessional Papers, Canada 1897

Toronto, June 3. -- The schooner SPEEDWELL, which was lying at anchor half-way out in the channel off the Berkley street wharf here, caught fire early this morning. Nobody was on board the schooner at the time, and it is not known how the fire started. A still alarm was sent out, but when the engines arrived at the wharf the boat was too far out to be able to reach with a stream. About 9 o'clock this morning the tug FRANK JACKMAN towed the SPEEDWELL to the wharf, but in the meantime the fire had been burning all night, and had done considerable damage. All the upper works of the schooner aft were burned, and the hold badly scorched. The damage will amount to at least $800. The SPEEDWELL is owned by Capt. John Williams, who at the present time is sailing the schooner VAN STRAUBENZIE on the upper lakes. The SPEEDWELL was classed A 2, was of about 200 tons burden, and valued at $3,500.
      Toronto Mail & Empire
      June 4, 1896

Those who know claim that the schooner SPEEDWELL, which caught fire here the other day, is a total loss. She was insured for $2,500.
      Toronto Mail & Empire
      June 6, 1896

Schooner SPEEDWELL. Official Canada No. 72961. Of 181 tons reg. Built Marysburgh, Ont., 1875. Home port, Picton, Ont. 110.7 x 24.1 x 9.5 Owned by John Ewart, of Cobourg, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: burnt
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Speedwell (Schooner), C72961, burnt, 3 Jun 1896