The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
(Schooner), sunk, 24 May 1834

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HURRICANE AND LOSS OF A SCHOONER. - A rumour of a schooner having foundered on Saturday week last, near Port Hope (and all hands perished) reached us a few days since; but in the absence of any particulars, and no notice being taken of the accident by either of our contemporaries we hoped it would prove without foundation. Later intelligence, however, we are sorry to say, destroys this hope, and the following facts are but too surely confirmed:-
      On the day in question, two men in the employ of J.T. Williams, Esq, of Port Hope, who were at work in a field commanding a view of the lake shore, observed a top-sail schooner, seemingly heavily laden, coming down under easy sail and a light breeze. She lay near in shore and the men watched her for some time, admiring her appearance. Suddenly they saw her forced through the water with extrordinary velocity for a short distance and then give two or three most violent pitches, the last of which fairly capsized her and she almost instantly afterwards went down, keel uppermost.
      The men hastened immediately to the town for assistance, when it appeared Capt. Kingsmill and his servant, who had a short time before been looking at the same vessel through a telescope, had also noticed her sudden disapearance, but thought she had gone off on another tack merely. No vestage of either boat or men, we believe has since been discovered, and consequently, her name remains unknown; but it is thought from her sinking so readily, she was probably loaded with wheat, and being so near in shore, she would perhaps be from Whitby, or some place this side of Toronto. About the time of her accident, and which would probably account for it, a hurricane is said to have passed over that part of Darlington towards the lake, in the direction of the unfortunate vessel, and sweeping away everything before it.
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, June 4, 1834

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Reason: sunk
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.95012 Longitude: -78.29953
William R. McNeil
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(Schooner), sunk, 24 May 1834