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Lillie Parsons (Schooner), U15509, aground / sunk, 5 Aug 1877

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The schooner LILLY PARSONS passed through the Welland Canal, bound from Black River to Brockville with coal, August 2, 1877
      Toronto Globe
      August 4, 1877
      The schooner LILLIE PARSONS bound from Black Rock to Brockville with coal, struck a rock yesterday about two miles this side of Brockville, in the lower narrows, and sank in 18 feet of water. She fell over on her side and lies with her mastheads just out of the water. The PARSONS is owned by Mr. Bary Lynch and Mr. William Quinlan of this city and is insured for $8,000. Mr. Lynch will probably go down to her this evening.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, August 6, 1877
The schooner LILLIE PARSONS which sank Sunday in the narrows, this side of Brockville in 18 feet of water has slid off into 30 feet and still lies on her side. The owners are negotiating for apparatus to go to her relief.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, August 7, 1877
The schooner LILLIE PARSONS sunk in the river near Brockville in 18 feet of water, has slid off into 30 feet.
      Toronto Globe
      August 10, 1877
      The Brockville recorder, says, "The schooner LILLIE PARSONS will go to pieces soon if she is not raised.
      Toronto Globe
      August 13, 1877
A wrecking expedition from Kingston will make the attempt to raise the LILLIE PARSONS, coal laden, sunk near Brockville.
      Toronto Globe
      August 17, 1877

      The Oswego Times says: We understand that the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk in the St. Lawrence near Brockville, is a total loss, and that the insurance companies have concluded to pay the owners the ammount of the insurance, $8,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 25, 1877

The schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk in the river near Brockville, is a total loss.
      Toronto Globe
      August 27, 1877

      The owners of the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk near the head of the "Narrows" at Brockville, have abandoned her and claimed the $8,000 insurance. It is improbable that she will be raised.
      Toronto Globe
      Wednesday, September 5, 1877

      Captain Merryman, the wrecker, intends looking after the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, which sunk some years ago near Brockville with 500 tons of coal. he believes that she can be raised without difficulty. It was generally supposed that vessels sunk for a length of time rotted or went to pieces, but this idea is an erroneous one. captain Merryman states that in his experience he has raised vessels which had been under water for thirteen years and found them still in a good state of preservation.
      Captain Merryman says that while working at the wrecked propeller St. CATHARINES, sunk in 125 feet of water, the men found the hulls of several craft which no one seemed to know anything of, and several which were as sound as when lost. When a wreck goes down out of sight in deep water it is located by means of grappling weights attached to enormous towing lines and dragged about one mile behind a tug. While working in this way last season to locate the St. CATHARINES many curious finds were reported, including anchors, chains, towing ropes, wheels, spars, etc. One of the wheels brought up must have been a relic of the pioneer days of steam boating, as the blades were fitted into the hub separately instead of being cast all in one piece as at present.
      regarding the wreck of the SAM COOK, work will begin as soon as possible. It will likely be a week or more, however, before they get rightly at work, as they are not allowed to use their own apparatus, and will have to secure what they need from Canadian ports. The hoister will be procured in Kingston. Two divers will be brought from Port Huron, and two more will probably be secured in Ogdensburg, while the majority of the men employed will belong to Brockville. It is expected that it will take about six weeks to raise the vessel.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

Schooner LILLIE PARSONS. U. S. No. 15509. Of 267.40 tons. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground / sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.556111 Longitude: -75.7175
William R. McNeil
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Lillie Parsons (Schooner), U15509, aground / sunk, 5 Aug 1877