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Lucinda (Schooner), capsized, 4 May 1831

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DISASTER.--About 8 o'clock on Tuesday evening last, the schooner LUCINDA belonging to Smith & Merrick, was capsized in a squall near the mouth of the River St.Lawrence, the Captain and crew, 5 or 6 in number and one passenger got upon the side of the vessel in which perilous condition they were found and taken off the next morning about nine o'clock by Capt.leslie of the schooner HERCULES. The HERCULES took the LUCINDA in tow until about 2 o'clock the next night, when the gale increased so that they were obliged to abandon her near Charity Shoals, about 4 miles West of the head of Grenadier Island, where she will probably go on shore. During the day of Wednesday and while the HERCULES had the LUCINDA in tow, the Canada Steam-boat ALCIOPE, McKenzie, came within a cables length of the schooners and was hailed several times by the people on board the HERCULES, but the Captain of the ALCIOPE after bearing them a short time, shied off and left them. This conduct of Capt.McKenzie, to say the least of, is rather uncomfortable. ---- Sacket's harbor Gazette
      Cleaveland Weekly Herald
      Thursday, May 26, 1831 p.3 col.2

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      A WRECK. - About half an hour before noon on Thursday last, the steam-boat ALCIOPE, then four hours out from Kingston harbour, on her way to Niagara with Company of the 79th. Regt. passed the American schooner HERCULES towing down a schooner which must have upset in the heavy gale of the preceding night. The schooner was almost entirely under water, and the ALCIOPE did not learn her name. Some of the passengers were of the opinion that she was an American vessel belonging to Youngstown; and it was inferred, that the crew or a part of them had been saved, from the circumstance that persons were observed on the deck of the HERCULES wringing their clothes. We greatly fear that there may have been a loss of life in this shipwreck, but hope it may prove otherwise.
      Colonial Advocate, York
      Thursday, May 12, 1831

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      The schooner noticed in our last, as having been upset and in tow by the HERCULES, was the LUCINDA of Oswego. She was with the aid of the DALHOUSIE, towed safely into Kingston harbour. No lives were lost.
      Colonial Advocat
      May 19, 1831

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    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
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Lucinda (Schooner), capsized, 4 May 1831