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Bessie Barwick (Schooner), C83146, sunk, 28 Oct 1887

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Schooner BESSIE BARWICK of St. Catharines, of 273 tons reg, and 21 years of age. Bound from Nipegon Bay to Kingston, sprung a leak on Lake Superior, in heavy seas and became a total loss October 28, 1887. Amount of loss $6,000
      Statement of Wreck and Casualty for 1887
      Dept. of Marine and Fisheries

      Kingston.---The schooner BESSIE BERWICK, wheat laden, from Port Arthur for Kingston, is a week overdue at Sault Ste. Marie, and it is believed that she has gone down with all hands. Captain Thomas Avery, and O. Gallagher, Thomas Gallager, and C. Dacey, seamen, all of St. Catharines, were among the crew. R.O. McKay, of this city, is the owner of the schooner.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 10, 1887 p. 5

Hamilton, Nov. 12. -- The schooner BESSIE BARWICK went down near Michipicoten, Lake Superior, October 28th. All hands were saved.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      November 13, 1887

Owen Sound.---The fishing tug boats arrived down at noon on the 12th. with the crew of the schooner BESSIR BARWICK, which were supposed to have been lost by the foundering of the vessel during a recent gale in Lake Superior. The captain of the BARWICK reports that the schooner sprung a leak and was abandoned about midway between Michipicoten Island and the mainland on the north shore of the lake at 5 p.m. on October 28, and the crew succeeded in reaching an uninhabited shore. They were two weeks coasting down the lake before reaching the Dog River fishing grounds.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p. 5

Schooner BESSIE BARWICK. Official Canada No. 83146. Of 274 tons reg. Built Dunnville, Ont. 1866. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 138.9 x 23.6 x 12.8 Owned by J. Shickluna of St. Catharines, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886
Barkentine BESSIE BARWICK (C) 329 tons [new tonnage] Built St. Catharines 1866 by L. Shickluna. Owned by Graham & others. Home port, St. Catharines. Value $13,000 Class A 2
      National Board of Lake Underwriters
      1874 Classification

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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Bessie Barwick (Schooner), C83146, sunk, 28 Oct 1887