ALICE GROVER Brig, cargo coal, ashore at Cleveland, June 1866, with the loss of two lives. Property loss, hull $3,000 cargo $1,000.
Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867
ALICE GROVER Brig, cargo of coal, total loss at Cleveland, June 19, 1866. One life lost. loss to vessel $2,500
Canadian Vessel Casualty List, 1866
Toronto Globe, January 25, 1867
ALICE GROVER Schooner of 210 tons, owned at Toronto by McLaughlin. Bound from Port Dover to Cleveland, went ashore at Cleveland, June 1866, with the loss of one life. Loss to ship $ 7,500 Loss to cargo $3,900. insurance on ship $4,500 insurance on cargo $2,000. Vessel a total loss.
Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
1863 to 1873. U. S. Coast Guard Report
CLEVELAND, June 18th.---The Schooner ALICE GROVER, Cool, for Toronto, was totally wrecked here. The cook, a female, name unknown, lost.
June 18, 1866
THE STORM.---Which prevailed on Lake Erie from Saturday night to last night, was more severe than any experienced during the month of June for many years. We do not yet obtain many particulars, but enough to indicate the terrible effects of the gale outside. --The Schooner ALICE GROVER was broken up at the entrance to Cleveland Harbor. All on board, except the cook, succeeded in reaching the shore. (part)
June 19, 1966
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A TERRIFIC STORM ON LAKE ERIE.
(from the Cleveland Herald, Monday Evening, June 18)
One of the most terrible storms ever known in this latitude, at this season of the year, commenced on Sunday morning, and is still raging at this writing (Monday, 12M). -- Among the effects of the storm we have to record the complete destruction of two vessels at this port, and the loss of seven lives.
The barque ARABIAN, owned in Port Burwell, on Saturday took on a cargo of block stone at the dock of Gardner, Burt & Oviatt, and Saturday evening sailed for Port Darlington, Canada West. She was commanded by Captain Bentley Haskins, and had a crew of five men and one woman. The barque sailed for her destination, and had made
good headway towards the Welland Canal, when the storm struck her, and at seven o'clock Sunday evening she changed her course and made for this port. The wind was blowing a perfect tornado, and the noble barque flew before the storm with the speed of the wind. About midnight she attempted to make the port of Clleveland, but missed; and was driven with great force on the beach just below the eastern end of the new depot.
As soon as she struck she commenced filling with water, and it was soon ascertained that nothing could be dong to save her, and that she must go to pieces. The waters were washing over her decks continually, and she was pounding on the bottom with tremendous force. The persons on board were as follows:- Captain, Bentley Haskins, Port Burwell; Ist Mate, Wilson McDermot, Port Burwell; 2nd Mate, John Vance, Tonawanda; seamen David Haskins and Isaac Titus, Port Burwell; a young man shipped at this port, name unknown; and the cook, Mrs. McDermot, wife of the first mate. Of all this number, the only person saved was John Vance, the second mate, from whom we have learned the particulars of this terrible disaster. Mr. Vance does not know exactly how the crew were lost, but thinks that most of them were washed overboard. The last he saw of the Captain he was taking off his clothes, as he thought preparatory to making an attempt to reach the shore.
At 4 o'clock the cook, Mrs. McDermott (sic), was seen from the shore, lashed to the rigging, but shortly after that time the masts went overboard, and the vessel broke entirely up, and the poor woman went with the grand crash.
Mr. Vance, the only person saved, stayed on board until about three o'clock, when he though he would make an attempt to reach the shore. He took off his clothes and started. The waves were dashing against the breakwater with tremendous force, but he was luckily raised on the top of a huge wave and landed inside the spiles. He was considerably bruised, but managed to reach the switch tender's shanty in that locality, where he remained until about seven o'clock, when he (was) supplied with clothing and. taken to the store of Captain John O'Neil, on River street, and every attention paid him by the captain and others. Although badly bruised, he was not dangerously injured, and will be all right again in a day or two.
While the above disaster was taking place, the Canadian schooner ALICE GROVER, hailing from Oakville, was in the same predicament a few rods down the lake, off the Cleveland Woolen Mills. The ALIVCE GROVER took on a cargo of 325 tons of coal, at the yard of Messrs. Morris & Price, and cleared for Toronto on Saturday night. She was in command of Captain D. Gray, and had a crew of six, including a female cook. About half past eleven she struck, and soon broke and went to pieces. Fortunately, all on board were saved except the cook. The men were considerably bruised in their endeavours to reach the shore. They remainsled in the switch tender's house until morning, when we learn, the most severely injured were taken to the Marine Hospital.
The beach for two miles is strewn with pieces of the wreck of both these vessels. Two or three trunks had come ashore, but up to the time when we left the scene of these disasters none of the victims of this terrible storm had come ashore.
We could not learn the amount of loss by the wrecking of these vessels, nor the mount of insurance on hulls or cargoes, except that there was no insurance on the coal shipped on the ALICE GROVER. The loss must be quite heavy, under the most favourable circunstances.
There were reports that there were two or three other vessels ashore between this port and Morse's Point, fifteen miles below, but we could learn nothing certain, and think that the reports were false. We are prepared, however, to learn of more and fearful disasters along the whole north shore of the lake, as the force of the gale was tremendous.
We learn that the bark GEORGE SHERMAN owned by K. Sherman, Esq., of this city, and the scow HERZYNIA, are both beached off Collamer eight miles east of this port, but we learn no particulars further than that no lives were lost.
Goderich Signal, Semi-weekly
Friday, June 22, 1866
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LOSSES BY THE GREAT JUNE STORM.---Total wrecks. Schooner ALICE GROVER.----(part)
June 30, 1866