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H. S. Walbridge (Schooner), U11280, aground, 1 Nov 1896

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Port Colborne, Nov. 15 - At 8:00 this evening Capt. Dewitt Carter of the wrecking and salvage firm of Carter Brothers, reports a large quantity of wreckage coming ashore above Sugar Loaf, about 2 miles west of here. Part of a bow and stern of what appears to be a lumber barge bearing the name H.S. WALBRIDGE has come ashore, and with the present wind other remnants will likely come in before morning. Capt. Carter followed the beach for over a mile, but saw no signs of any bodies, and the fate of the barges crew can only be guessed at. She is believed to have been a tow barge and probably got away during last weeks storm.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 16, 1896 9-3

Wreckage has come ashore from the schooner H.S. WALBRIDGE, 2 miles west of Port Colborne. The ship was probably wrecked in the latest storm but no trace of the crew has been found. She was built at Milan, Ohio in 1862 and was 125 x 25 x 11 and 215 tons register. Sher was owned by John Burns of St. Clair.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Monday, November 16, 1896
Wreckage of the H.S. WALBRIDGE at Sugar Loaf near Port Colborne, id from the wreck which occurred off Long Point on July 16th. last and was abandoned as a total loss.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Tuesday, November 17, 1896

Port Colborne, Nov. 16 - The wreckage reported coming ashore at Sugar Loaf undobtedly is caused by the breaking up of the barge H.S. WALBRIDGE which went ashore without cargo on Long Pt. July 16 last, and was abandoned as a total loss.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 17, 1896 3-1

The schooner H.S. WALBRIDGE wrecked 2 miles west of Port Colborne above Sugar Loaf Reef, the schooner is breaking up and likely struck the reef before going ashore.
      Toronto Globe
      November 18, 1896

H.S. WALBRIDGE, Schooner. Official U. S. Number, 11280. Built Milan, 1862. Home port, Detroit. 124.6 x 25.2 x 10.8 of 215.55 tons gross, 204 tons net.
      List of Merchant Vessels of
      the United States, 1896

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    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
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H. S. Walbridge (Schooner), U11280, aground, 1 Nov 1896