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Toronto (Schooner), aground, 17 May 1817

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York, U. C. June 5.
      We are sorry to state that H. B. M.'s Schooner TORONTO, went ashore at Gibralter Point, on Monday, and it is supposed that she will be totally lost. Her cargo consisted of Indian stores - U. C. Gazette
      the Buffalo Gazette [also] Kingston Gazette [also] Montreal Herald
      Tuesday, June 17, 1817 June 17, 1817 June 21, 1817

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      Commisioners Office
      Kingston, 15th. December, 1817
      I beg to aquaint you that I have received proposals for the wreck of the Toronto schooner, which was stranded (and now entirely under water) near York Light House, last June, with a cargo of Indian presents on board, but as I am apprehensive that the view of these people are to get possession of her cargo, they leave to suggest that under this present circumstances of the navy being unable to give any assistance in recovering this vessel or her cargo, that part of the Garrison of York be employed next Spring, in getting out the Indian presents, and such parts of the vessels rigging and stores as may be saved at the same time, I shall cause to be ????? and the usual salvage payed to the persons recovering them.
      I have the honor to be Sir
      Your very humble servant
      (signature ?)

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      York, 29th. Jany. 1812
      There is every inducement to build the new schooner at York, as exclusive of the arguments already adduced in favor of establishing the Naval Yard at this place there are the following considerations, which are of great importance at this moment - first, they have as much to do at Kingston as they can get through with at present, in fitting out the MOIRA and mounting the Carronades &c. It will therefore extend our resources in ship-building, if we could at the same time carry on the work at both places, this would have the effect of paving the way for the removal of the Marine Depot from Kingston to this place, a change greatly to be desired. The TORONTA having been broken up here, furnishes an immediate supply of iron work, and a variety of other articles that may be worked up in the new vessel and in addition to what may be supplied by this means, there is a considerable assortment of naval stores appropriated to what is termed the Civil Service of the Province. This store Genl. Brock will use as the service may require. I have gone round the Harbour with the General, and have examined, as far as the season of the year will allow, the different place for building a vessel, and find there will be no difficulty on that head. The Genl. proposes putting the superintendance of the work into the hands of the person who commanded the TORONTO, who seems to be every way qualified for the task of building, and commanding the new schooner.......
      part of a letter from Andrew Grey (Quartermaster)
      to Sir George Prevost (Governor & Commander-in-Chief
      of all the Canadas.)
      Public Archives of Canada C 728

NOTE:- the new schooner above referred to was the PRINCE REGENT launched at York in June 1812, built under the supervision of Lieu. Fish, former commander of the TORONTO.

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It would appear that the TORONTO was aground in 1811 but was rebuilt in 1812, instead of being used in building the PRINCE REGENT ?

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Reason: aground
Freight: Indian stores
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Toronto (Schooner), aground, 17 May 1817