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Sonora (Schooner), U, aground, 5 Nov 1896

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The schooner SENORA, wrecked on Point Abino, has gone to pieces.
      Toronto Globe
      November 7, 1896

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      Schooner SENORA Lost Off Point Abino Thursday Night.
      Put Off In a Yawl Boat and Were Swamped by the Awful Sea
      He Refused to go With the Other and he Saved Himself by Clinging to a Hatchway.
St. Thomas, Ont. Nov. 9. -- The schooner SENORA was wrecked and five lives lost in a terrific storm on Lake Erie on Thursday night, off Point Abino, 19 miles from Buffalo . Mate W. Duquett of Bay City, the only survivor, brought the news to this city yesterday.
The SENORA was lumber-laden, bound from Wiarton, Ont., to Tonawanda, N. Y. Those who were lost are: Capt. James Buckley of Sarnia; Daniel Russell and James Morrison of Glasgow, Scotland, and Malcolm McLeod of Toronto, seamen, and the cook, whose name is unknown, but is well known by the name of "Dumpling Maud," Her home is at Wiarton.
The vessel was struck by the gale about 8 o'clock Thursday night. The rigging, sails and deck load of green oak Lumber were washed away. The captain, after endeavoring in every way to gain control of the ship, at last decided to abandon her.
The crew, excepting Mate Duquett, who declined, left in a yawl boat, about 10 o'clock. They had hardly left the wrecked schooner when they shipped a sea, and the three sailors were washed overboard and disappeared beneath the waves.
The captain and cook were seen in the yawl when about 300 feet from the from the vessel, and they also were washed overboard. Duquett stuck to the schooner until 4 o'clock on Friday morning, when he left her, clinging to a hatchway. Shortly after leaving the SENORA she struck the rocky reef off Point Abino and went to pieces.
      Much of the wreckage had washed ashore before Mate Duquett set foot on land. He went to the home of a farmer named Connelly. At daybreak on Saturday efforts were made to discover some trace of the crew, but nothing was found. Duquett drove to this city to take the train for Detroit to notify the owner of the vessel, Mr. Chamberlain, of his loss.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, November 9, 1896

NOTE:-- The above tale appears to be a total fabrication, see below

      Crew of the Barge SONORA Resisted the Police.
      Lake men are Supposed to Have a Store of Booty.
Capt. Henry Buckley of the barge SONORA and sailors Joseph Ruth and Malcolm McLeod were arrested this morning by the officers of the patrol boat GOV. MORTON. The crew of the patrol boat had a difficult time placing the men under arrest, as they fought the officers from the boat with pike poles and hurled about every movable object on the boat at them in their efforts to prevent their arrest.
      The officers of the boat finally overpowered the men using their clubs when they gained the deck of the barge. Yesterday afternoon the police learned the SONORA brought stolen goods into port. Fisherman James Crockett and William Hurt discovered a line of 120-fathoms long near the breakwall at the foot of Georgia street. They pulled it up and the crew of the SONORA ordered them to lower it again, saying it belonged to them.
      When the police went to look for it, it was gone. The crew of the SONORA had taken it up and hid it under a pile of rubbish in the hold of the boat. It was when the crew of the patrol boat attempted to search the barge that the fight occurred. When locked up in the station house, sailor McLeod told the police that the rope was stolen from the steamer DOMINION in Georgian Bay. The men will be turned over to the Federal authorities, as the case comes under their jurisdiction.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, November 10, 1896

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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Freight: lumber
Remarks: False report ?
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
William R. McNeil
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Sonora (Schooner), U, aground, 5 Nov 1896