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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ATLANTIC Schooner, damaged in sails and outfit near Port Hope, November 1866
Canadian Vessel Casualty List, 1866
Toronto Globe, January 25th. 1867