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William Elgin (Schooner), aground, 29 Nov 1872


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A dispatch to Capt. E.P. Dorr, dated Kingston, Ont., Nov. 29th, says the schr. WM. ELGIN, with a cargo of wheat, is ashore at Mexico Bay.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 30, 1872 3-5

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It is reported that the schr. WILLIAM ELGIN ashore 3 miles below Big Sandy Creek, will be a total loss, together with her cargo of wheat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 3, 1872 3-5

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The weather on Friday night (11/29) was exceedingly boisterous; the wind blowing furiously from the north west accompanied at times with blinding snow.
We give the following marine mishaps as have reached us from Detroit and other localitities. The following is from Detroit:
The schooner WILLIAM ELGIN, from Hamilton for Oswego, laden with wheat, is ashore 30 miles below Oswego.
      Erie Gazette
      December 5, 1872

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The Schooner WILLIAM ELGIN. - The Belleville, Jefferson county, correspondent of the Watertown Dispatch writes as follows: "The schooner WILLIAM ELGIN, which went ashore near Armstrong┬╣s on Wednesday evening, is still fast in the sand. The deck load of lumber has nearly all been washed ashore and safely piled out of the reach of the sea.
"The wheat is in the vessel yet, no effort having been made to get it out on account of th heavy sea that has been running ever since the vessel foundered. The wheat is valued at $9,000, and is fully insured in Canada companies. The vessel is valued at $10,000, and is insured for $6,000 in a Canada company.
"The owner of the wheat, from Toronto, Ont., was here; also the owner of the lumber, from Oswego, together with some of the officers of the insurance companies, on Saturday, and visited the wreck, but were unable to say
anything owing to the heavy sea that was running. They left in the afternoon, but will return as soon as the gale is over and the sea runs down. They hope to be able to save the vessel, and will if they can succeed in lighting her soon enough."
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, December 5, 1872

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      MID-WINTER WRECKING. - The Oswego Palladium states that the schooner WILLIAM ELGIN, which stranded near Woodsville, Jefferson Co., N. Y., during one of the heavy November gales, is surrounded by ice, so that the teams are driven to her. The cargo of wheat is being sold to the farmers at twenty-five cents per bushel, and is meeting with ready sale. It is thought the vessel can be floated off after the cargo is removed and the ice breaks up.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 14, 1873

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Kingston, May 6. - The schooner WILLIAM ELGIN, wrecked near Oswego last fall was brought into port today by a Calvin & Breck wrecking party. She is beached in the Engine Works slip.
      The Toronto Mail
      Tuesday, May 6, 1873

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      WRECKING. - The steamer HIRAM A. CALVIN has returned to port, having succeeded in taking the schooner Wm. ELGIN off the shore below Port Ontario, where she was wrecked last winter. She towed her over here, and she (ELGIN) has been beached in the slip adjoining the Canadian Engine Works. Messrs. Calvin & Breck are now to make an attempt at raising the steamer YORK, taken last fall off the shore at Long Point and beached at Garden Island. - Kingston Whig.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Thursday, May 8, 1873

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The schr. WM. ELGIN, which got ashore last fall below Sandy Creek, has been raised from the sand, taken to Canada and thoroughly repaired. She recently brought a load of wheat from Toronto to Oswego.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 26, 1873 3-5

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Schooner WILLIAM ELGIN. [no number] Of 156 tons Register. Built Mill Point, Ont., 1871. Home port, Picton, Ont. 99.0 x 23.0 x 9.5 Owned by William Nickle, Kingston, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1886
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1872
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Local identifier:
McN.W.15933
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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William Elgin (Schooner), aground, 29 Nov 1872