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Imperial (Schooner), U12667, sunk, 17 Oct 1889

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A SCHOONER LOST. - Midland, Oct. 18. - The American schooner IMPERIAL, Capt. A. Worden, left Chicago on Oct. 8th. bound for Midland, loaded with 20,000 bushels of corn consigned to Gooderham & Worts, Toronto.
      After being delayed by head winds, she got into Georgian Bay. Testerday when abreast of the Western Islands, the vessel struck on a sunken rock at 4 P.M. She struck once, and then went over the rock. Immediately the pumps were sounded, and a boat got ready. The crew found the vessel making water, and the pumps were of no use. They kept pressing on canvas, hoping to reach Hope Island, but the vessel began to fill, and soon went down stern foremost in 200 feet of water within 4 miles of Hope Island, 40 minutes after she struck. All hands took to the yawl, and had all they could do to get to Hope Island Light-House. They stopped at the lighthouse last night, and came on to Midland today. The captain and crew lost everything they had, and are here destitute.
      They are in communication with the United States Consul at Collingwood and the vessel's agent at Chicago. The vessel was not insured, but her freight list is. The vessel was owned in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
      Toronto Globe
      Saturday, October 19, 1889

SUNK- The Sch., Imperial bound for Midland with 28000 bushel of com, sunk in 200 feet of water four miles from the Hope Island light house. She is a total loss. The crew manned the yawl and made for the lighthouse where they all arrived with great difficulty. They then proceeded to Midland. The cargo was insured but the vessel was not.
      Collingwood Bulletin
      October 24,1889

      Bound for the Wrong Harbour
      The American schooner Imperial with 20,000 bushels of com for Gooderham & Worts, left Chicago for Midland on the 8th inst., and after a week's beating against the wind, had nearly reached her harbor when she ran across a sunken rock, and shortly after sunk in 200 feet of water, within four miles of Hope Island. The crew lost everything, and had all they could do to reach Hope Island in the yawl. If the Imperial had sailed for Owen Sound she would have found no sunken rocks In her course. --- courtesy of Bill Hester
      Owen Sound Advertiser
      October 24,1889

Another old vessel that comes out this spring with a new lease on life is the IMPERIAL, formerly of Chicago. She was bought at Marshal's sale last fall by P. Johnston and O. Forrison. She will be out May 1st. Her repairs are about the same as COLLINS, though she is a little the larger of the two, and will probably cost $10,000.
      Detroit Tribune
      April 15, 1876
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Schooner IMPERIAL. -- The schooner IMPERIAL, which was recently rebuilt, at Manitowoc was changed to a three-and-after, is in port for the first time this season, with a cargo of wood from Traverse bay. She was fifteen days on the trip from Manitowoc to Traverse bay and thence to this port. The IMPERIAL is a handsome vessel in her new form. -- Chicago Journal.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 18, 1876

Schooner IMPERIAL. U. S. No. 12667. Of 299.39 tons gross; 284.43 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1857. Home port. Manitowoc, Wis. 135.0 x 30.0 x 11.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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    Latitude: 44.905 Longitude: -80.180277
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Imperial (Schooner), U12667, sunk, 17 Oct 1889