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Brothers (Schooner), aground, 14 Feb 1845

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VESSEL SUPPOSED TO BE LOST - On Friday the 14th. instant, the schooner BROTHERS, left Niagara for Toronto, with about 12 persons on board, since which she has not been heard of. The weather has been so tempestous that the TRANSIT steamer, lying in harbor, would not go out, the captain of the BROTHERS however, thinking he could weather it, started and when last seen was labouring in a field of ice.
      Since writing the above, we have learned that the vessel has been found on her beam ends and foremast gone, about 25 miles from Niagara on the American shore. But not a soul on board, the probibility is that all have perished. - British Canadian.
      Kingston News
      Thursday, February 27, 1845

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The schooner " BROTHERS," a small vessel about ten or twenty tons, which had been running occasionally across the lake during the winter, has we lament to learn, been lost with all hands on board. On Friday the l4th.inst. she left Niagara with a cargo, and about 12 or 15 passengers. The day was stormy and the sea ran so high, and there was so much drift ice on the lake that the steam packet TRANSIT would not venture to cross. On the Sabbath following, two farmers living on the lake shore in Niagara County, found a small schooner, dismantled and keel upper-most, driven ashore among the ice, a total loss and not one soul being saved to tell the sad tale of suffering and death..
      Toronto Examiner
      February 26, 1845

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A lake legend has persisted through the years of golden -haired Peggy Yorkshire, and her lover, who was second mate on a schooner. Peggy's father, Jack Yorkshire, was a port Credit fisherman who lived in the outermost cottage on a point of' land that once jutted into the lake at the west river bank, which is now under water(1967). .The date was February l3th.1845, and navigation on the lake was open late that year. Steamers from Toronto to Niagara were known to unload passengers on the ice in Toronto Bay for transport to shore by horse drawn sleighs. Peggy's lover, who had promised to be back in Port Credit for Valintines Day, was on the South Shore on Feb. l5th., his ship frozen in the ice. He rode a sleigh to Niagara with some of the crew hoping that the steamer TRANSIT would take then to Toronto. But the TRANSIT would not set out the ice being too uncertain, however the schooner "BROTHERS" was due to cross that night and the sailors booked passage on her.
      Out sailed the "BROTHERS" in the early morning, but was soon drifting helplessly in the ice chocked lake. At three the next day the BROTHERS was still becalmed, in sight of the south shore, there was no wind, that was the last the BROTHERS was seen again, for a fog enclosed her, and later the wind began to blow.
Peggy's lover got across the lake, his frozen body was washed up on the beach, weeks later, almost in front of Peggy's home.
      by Betty Clarkson

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      After the war of 1812-1815 John & Charles Mclntosh owned a schooner called the BROTHERS, John died in 1853 and Charles wno was Captain of the steamer COBOURO died. of cholera in 1834. -- addition -- John was Captain of the'Brothers' in 1832
      from the TOWN OF YORK
      by Edith G.Firth
      footnote pp.133
NOTE -- Same vessel ?????????

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    Latitude: 43.33783 Longitude: -78.71476
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Brothers (Schooner), aground, 14 Feb 1845