The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Caspian (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1866

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Great Marine Disasters. - We learn by Capt. Albert Fitzgerald, of the schooner GOVERNOR, that on Saturday night and Sunday, a terrific gale occurred at Port Hope, C.W., during which the schooner JOHN STEVENSON, of this port, struck outside the west crib, let go her anchors and dragged ashore. She is badly damaged.
The schooner HELEN, of Kingston, C.W., loaded with stone, trying to make the harbor, pounded over the bar, got afoul of the GOVERNOR, was cut loose, and sunk in the new harbor. She is lying in the channel and completely blocks the passage of vessels in or out. Her sails, gear, bowsprit and jib boom are gone.
The NORTH STAR, of Port Hope, C.W., loaded with lumber, left that port Saturday night, and being forced to return, attempted to make the old harbor, pounded over the bar, struck the Governor, stove her own port bow in, swung off, and settled half full of water. her deck load was thrown off, her pumps worked, and she was got to the wharf Sunday afternoon.
The schooner CASPIAN, loaded in Cobourg with lumber, running back, missed the harbor, and went ashore west of the pier. She lasted about thirty minutes and went to pieces, a total wreck - not a rope yarn to be seen. The schooner ACORN, of Port Hope, got into the new harbor and went ashore. lays out of water about three feet, and is badly damaged.
The schooner ATLANTIC, of Port Hope, going into the old harbor, struck the schooner UNION and took both masts out of her, and did more or less damage to her. The schooner IRIS, of Hamilton, left this port loaded with merchandise from the Old Oswego Line, Saturday, and Sunday night in trying to make Port Hope, struck the west crib, and about 12 o'clock sunk. Her crew lowered themselves from the jib-boom, and were taken in a boat inside the crib by Capt. Colwell and crew, of the schooner CAROLINE MARSH.
The schooner NORTHUMBERLAND, from Cobourg, bound up from this port, light, struck the pier, pounded heavily, and is more or less damaged. The schooner GARIBALDI, of Port Hope, struck the pier, pounded badly, and is more or less injured.
      Capt. Colwell, and the Captain of the ANNIE CRAIG, and others, were untiring in their
efforts to assist the unfortunate vessels above mentioned. Capt. Fitzgerald says he never saw so terrible a storm, or witnessed so much ruin in so short a time as on that terrible night and the day following.
      Oswego Advertiser & Times,
      Tuesday, November 12, 1866

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CASPIAN Schooner, wrecked near Port Hope, November 1866. Total loss Property loss $1,500
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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CASPIAN Schooner of 66 tons, owned at N Baltimore, bound from Oswego to Port Hope went ashore near Port Hope, Lake Ontario. Loss to ship $275 no insurance
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      CASPIAN Schooner, cargo lumber, ashore and sunk near Port Hope. Total loss, November 1866
      Canadian Vessel Casualty List, 1866
      Toronto Globe, January 25th. 1867

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      THE GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO. - Telegrams from Kingston to the Board of Lake Underwriters report the following disasters:
Schooner IRIS, laden with a general cargo, in coming into port, struck the west pier and sunk. ---- Schooner ALMA is ashore up the Bay of Quinte. - Schooner HELEN is sunk in the harbor at Port Hope; her sails and hull are badly damaged. ---- Schooner CASPIAN, cargo lumber, sunk and went to pieces near Port Hope. ---- Schooners ACORN and JOHN STEVENSON are aground at Port Hope. ---- Schooner NORTH STAR has her bow stove in; schooner UNION is dismasted, and schooner DEFIANCE lost her main-boom and gaff-top-sail. ---- schooner MARY HADLEY is ashore two miles west of the harbor.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, November 14, 1866

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NOTE:--Built 1829 at Hillier as LADY HILLIER then rebuilt as ISABELLA at Cobourg in 1847, rebuilt again and renamed CASPIAN in 1856

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.95012 Longitude: -78.29953
William R. McNeil
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Caspian (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1866