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Dominion (Schooner), collision, 20 Sep 1870

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The following particulars of the schrs. HOWARD and DOMINION, and the loss of the latter vessel, we take from the Rochester Express of last evening:
      Yesterday afternoon two schooners, the DOMINION and the FLORENCE HOWARD, left the port of Charlotte bound in company for Shannonville, Canada. When they started the wind was rather fresh from the westward, but in the evening it veered around to the north, somewhat interfering with the direct sailing of the vessels, and making it necessary for them to tack. The DOMINION about 10:00, in coming around on one of its tacks somehow crossed the track of the FLORENCE HOWARD, which came bearing down on her under full sail and struck her in mid-ships, crushing a hole in her side as though she had been a shell. In an instant the water began to pour through the opening, and she at once, with all sails set, keeled over on her beam. The captain and crew were compelled instantly to take to their yawl, with which they all succeeded in getting away from the wreck. The DOMINION being empty, will not sink, but has probably drifted a good ways back toward Charlotte. For some rason or other the FLORENCE HOWARD, after the damage was done, failed to pick up the crew of the DOMINION, who at once headed their boat for Charlotte, and were picked up when about 10 miles out by a vessel loaded with lumber.
There was a very heavy sea on all night and this morning, the position of the crew in the yawl boat must have been somewhat disagreeable, if not perilous. After the casualty the FLORENCE HOWARD, which had also received some damage to its bows, put back for this port, where it arrived this morning. Both vessels are owned by Mr. David Andrews, and have been engaged in bringing over railroad ties from Canada. The tug MOLLIE SPENCER is to go out today in search of the wreck, and if possible, tow it into port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 20, 1870 3-5

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      There was a calamity on Lake Ontario last night, involving the loss of a schooner. There was a wind bound fleet in the harbor yesterday morning. Eleven of the fleet left the port, some of them light. Among these was the schooner DOMINION and F. HOWARD. When about 25 miles from this port the HOWARD ran into the DOMINION. sinking the latter vessel. This occurred about 11:30 last night. The crew of the DOMINION escaped in the yawl, and were picked up by the schooner GEARING, which arrived here this morning. The vessels which collided were both owned by David Andrews, of Napanee, Ontario. They both left this port yesterday morning. It is presumed that the DOMINION is only waterlogged, and will be found drifting in the lake. The tug MOLLIE SPENCER has gone in quest of the wreck. Of the fleet that left yesterday morning, all but two have returned to this port. ------- Rochester Advertiser, 19th.
      Toledo Blade
      Wednesday, September 21, 1870

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Dominion (Schooner), collision, 20 Sep 1870