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Hannah Butler (Schooner), C, aground, 20 Oct 1885

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Capt. Donnely who visited the wrecked schooners HANNAH BUTLER and JURA, has returned, both vessels are a total loss. He went up with the steamer JOHN A. McDONALD with wrecking apparatus, but the gale was so severe that he could not reach the JURA, ashore on Gull Island. The gale prevented work and the craft pounded severely. She knocked a hole in the bottom and 1,200 bushels of grain disappeared. The vessel was then abandoned and stripped of her sails and her rigging and all movable objects. The cargo was owned by Mathews of Toronto and insured in the Commercial Union. Donnelly says there was not sufficient grain rescued to pay wrecking expenses. The JURA on Friday jumped over the bar, on Saturday was forced back and went to pieces.
The schooner HANNAH BUTLER ashore on Point Traverse was found in a bad state, about 1,600 bushels of dry barley was secured and sent to kingston. The balance, about 8,000 bushels is damaged or gone to the bottom of the lake, it was owned by Richardson and insured in the Royal Canadian Insurance co. The vessel is a wreck and uninsured.
      The Globe, Toronto
      Wednesday, November 4, 1885

      Schooner H. BUTLER, of Cobourg, built 1866 and of 134 tons. On October 20, 1885 the vessel went ashore at South Bay, Lake Ontario, with a cargo of barley. Property loss valued at $2,000.
      List of Partial Lake Losses, 1885
      Cleveland Leader
      December 7, 1885

Donnelly & Son have successfully rescued the HANNAH BUTLER from South Bay and have brought her here (Kingston) for repairs.
      Toronto Globe
      November 12, 1885 . . . . .

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $2,000
Freight: barley
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.938611 Longitude: -77.03
William R. McNeil
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Hannah Butler (Schooner), C, aground, 20 Oct 1885