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Royal Albert (Schooner), sunk, 10 Aug 1868

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The schr. ROYAL ALBERT, Capt. Colney, left this port about 9:00 last evening, bound for Toledo with railroad iron. When about 10 miles off Little Sodus she filled with water and went down, the crew barely having time to escape in the boats. They succeeded in getting ashore and arrived here this morning.
      The vessel cost Mr. Boland $10,000 and was insured for $7,000 and, of course, will prove a total loss. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 10, 1868 3-5

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      VESSEL LOST. -- The following dispatch was received here on Saturday from Oswego- "The schooner ROYAL ALBERT, with 285 tons of railroad iron for Toledo, sprung a leak, on Friday night off Big Sodus, and sunk. Total loss, Crew all saved".
Schooner ROYAL ALBERT - This vessel, which sprung a leak off Big Sodus, Lake Ontario, on Friday night last, was built at Oakville, Canada, in 1858 by John Simpson, and measured 216 tons burden. She rated B I, was worth $10,000 and was the property of H. C. Holland of Oswego, who had an insurance upon her for $7,000. She was a good craft, considered perfectly safe and staunch, and there is no explanation of the strange affair, unless the iron may have been so loaded as to spread and burst the seams.
      Chicago Tribune
      Wednesday, August 12, 1868

Register Number: I0 Port Number: 5 Of 1861
Description: Schooner
Tons: I65
When Built: I858
Where Built: Oakville
Present Master: Robert Cook
Where she belongs: Oakville
Builders name & date of certificate: John Simpson, Sept.26, 1861
Description of vessel:-
Masts: Two
Decks: One
Length: I03 feet & 8/12ths.
Breadth: 23 feet
Depth of hold: 8 feet & I0/12ths.
How Rigged: Fore & Aft Schooner
Standing or running bowsprit: Standing
Square or round stern: Square
Figure-head: None
Carvel built,
Surveyor: Robt. K. Chisholm, Sept. 26, 1861
Subscribing owners:- Thomas C. Chisholm & Benjamin Hagaman with Noah Brinhest (?) sole owners, sold to John Dench of Trenton dated Oct. 10, 1865 sold to Robert G. Post (?) dated Oct. 24, 1866, Post was from Pickering, Mortgage discharged dated Jan. 3, 1868
      Shipping Register, Port of Oakville, Ontario
      National Archives, Canada. RG 12, A1. Vil. 219

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: railroad iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.33423 Longitude: -76.70856
William R. McNeil
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Royal Albert (Schooner), sunk, 10 Aug 1868