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Defiance (Schooner), gale damage, 18 Apr 1855


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Shipwreck And Loss Of Life
We regret to have to announce the total loss of the schooner DEFIANCE of this port, the property of Mr. Robert Moodie, of Terauley Street, and that all the crew were drowned. She was commanded by Captain Thomas Crorkin, of Nelson Street, who leaves a wife and five children to lament his loss.
The unfortunate vessel was last seen on Wednesday morning, about two hours sail from Niagara Port; and it is supposed that she encountered the terrific hurricane blowing at the time, was capsized and sunk. She was freighted with railroad iron wheels, and if favorable weather had prevailed, would have arrived here on Thursday afternoon .
Messengers and telegraphic dispatches have been sent to all the shore ports, without succeeding in obtaining any tidings whatever of the missing vessel, and that she may have been mearly disabled in the storm is the only hope that exists of her safety. The crew consisted of four men. The DEFIANCE was in capital sailing order, and, independent of the cargo, was valued at $1,200. There was no insurance, we understand, on either the cargo or vessel.
      Toronto GLOBE
      Monday, April 23, 1855

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      SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE
We regret to have to announce the total loss of the schooner DEFIANCE, of this port, the property of Mr. Robert Moodie, of Terauley Street, and that all the crew were drowned. She was commanded by Captain Thomas Crorkin, of Nelson Street, who leaves a wife and five children to lament his loss.
The unfortunate vessel was last seen on Wednesday morning, about two hours sail from Niagara port; and it is supposed that she encountered the terrific hurricane blowing at the time, was capsized and sunk. She was freighted with railroad iron wheels, and if favorable weather had prevailed, would have arrive here on Thursday forenoon. Messengers and telegraphic despatches have been sent to all shore ports, without succeeding in obtaining any tidings whatever of the missing vessel, and that she may have been mearly disabled in the storm, is the only hope that exists of her safety. The crew consisted of four men. The DEFIANCE was in capital sailing order, and independent of the cargo, was valued at $1,200. There was no insurance, we understand, on either the cargo or the vessel. ------- Toronto Globe
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, April 25, 1855

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SCHOONER "DEFIANCE" SAFE.---The Toronto Globe says:--"We are glad to be able to state that intelligence was received in town, yesterday, of the safety of the schooner DEFIANCE, mentioned by us yesterday as having been lost. It appears that she put into Frenchman"s Bay."
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, April 25, 1855



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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Freight: railroad wheels
Remarks: Damage slight
Date of Original:
1855
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Local identifier:
McN.W.14169
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Defiance (Schooner), gale damage, 18 Apr 1855