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Gleniffer (Schooner), C83148, aground, 26 Nov 1889

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The schooner GLENIFFER with coal from Charlotte to Toronto, went ashore yesterday morning opposite Minico. The crew of seven were rescued and taken to Toronto. The vessel is badly damaged and will prove a total loss.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 29, 1889

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      Schooner GLENIFFER, of St. Catharines, 314 tons. Bound from Fair Haven to Toronto, stranded on Minicoe Point after losing her foremast Nov. 26, 1889. She was considered a total loss and valued at $8,000 for hull and $2,000 for her cargo.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1889
      Detartment of Marine & Fisheries

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Capt. McSherry has purchased the wreck of the stranded schooner GLENIFFER for $200 and the coal in her hold for $50.
      Toronto Globe
      April 2, 1890
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All the coal has been recovered from the wrecked schooner GLENIFFER. Capt. McSherry has sold it to the Ontario Coal Company, Toronto, for $2.50 per ton.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      July 7, 1890

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Baker Bros., Canadian wreckers, are endeavoring to release the schooner GLENIFFER, which was driven ashore off Mimico, Ont., in the fall of 1888. Divers were sent down to put bulkheads on to the breaches in her bow, a pump has been put aboard and everything seems favorable to a speedy and successful termination of the venture. As soon as released the GLENIFFER will be towed to Toronto and put into dry dock.
      The Marine Review
      October 15, 1891
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The Mimico Wreck. -- Captain Baker, of Detroit succeeds in getting the boat off the shore. After lying high and dry on the shore at Mimico for nearly two years the schooner GLENIFFER has been released and is now on the dry dock at the Don, where she will be thoroughly repaired for next season's business. This is considered by boatmen along the Esplanade as one of the best pieces of wrecking that has been accomplished for a long time. After being given up as a hopeless wreck, the boat was purchased by Capt. McSherry from the insurance company, and a couple of attempts were made to get her off the shore. Carter Bros., of Port Colborne and Donnelly, of Kingston, tried their best but gave it up as a bad job. Then Captain McSherry got hold of Capt. H.W. Baker and his brother J.D. Baker, the well known wreckers of Detroit, while they were in town on business. On viewing the wreck the Baker Bros. were convinced they could get her off and went to work.
      They finished their task yesterday by landing the hull on the dry dock as already mentioned. In their work they had the valuable assistance of Capt. A. D. Smith of the wrecking tug HOME RULE. The tug JACKMAN lent its service, but was not equal to the work unassisted. Capt. Baker found the hull in a desperately tight fix, with a rock bottom beneath and a beach formed around the boat owing to the length of time she had been deserted. As it was found impossible to get underneath the boat, bulkheads were put in and she was made watertight and pumped out, being raised so that she was afloat forward in this way. Then the tug HOME RULE got a line on her and after some hard pulling succeeded in towing her again into deep water. The total pull was nearly 300 feet, which was accomplished in short jumps. The tug, well known as Cloy's wrecking tug, is owned by John Cloy and Capt. Smith and hails from St. Catharines. Capt. McSherry, Mr. Nurso, and others who were present, warmly Wcongratulated Capt. Baker on the success of his effort. It may be well to mention that the Baker Bros. are native Canadian, born and raised in Brockville.
      The Toronto Globe
      October 27, 1891 p.5
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      Baker Bros. of Detroit a few days ago released the Canadian schooner GLENIFFER from the beach at Minico, Ont. She had been ashore for nearly two years.
      The Marine Review
      October 29, 1891

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      Schooner GLENIFFER, released and repaired, and sold to parties in the U. S. A.
      Toronto Globe
      October 28, 29, 30, 1891

Schooner GLENIFFER. Official Canada No. 83148. Of 315 tons reg. Built Port Robinson, Ont., 1873. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 140.0 x 23.2 x 11.2. Owned by Jas. Norris, of St. Catharines, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1886

Schooner GLENIFFER, Official Canada No. 83148. Of 328 tons reg. Built Toronto, Ont., 1892. Home port, Sarnia, Ont. 135.6 x 25.6 x 11.5 Owned by J.O. Nisbet, of Detroit, U. S. A.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Reason: aground
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Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.55011 Longitude: -79.58291
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Gleniffer (Schooner), C83148, aground, 26 Nov 1889