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Picton (Schooner), C71206, sunk, 1 Jul 1900

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Kingston, Ont., July 2. -- The schooner PICTON is believed by the crew of the steamer ACACIA to have foundered in Lake Ontario and all hands been drowned. The Captain of the steamer ACACIA reports that the PICTON left Oswego on Friday night, loaded with coal for Belleville, Ont. A strong gale was blowing and the sea was running heavily. The PICTON seemed to be pitching heavily in the waves and seemed to be making very bad weather of it. Suddenly she disappeared from the sight of the ACACIA's crew, and although a sharp lookout was kept, no sign was seen of her afterward. The captain of the ACACIA said he believed the schooner had gone to the bottom with all hands.
      The PICTON is owned by Mr. Sidley of Belleville, and is well known on this lake. She was a small craft, being of 160 tons rating and measuring 98 feet keel and 22 feet beam. She was built in 1867.
      Kingston, Ont., July 2. -- No news has been received today of the missing schooner PICTON, and little doubt is felt that she foundered on Lake Ontario in the recent gale. Her crew consisted of Capt. Sidley, the owner, and his three children; J. Laves of Coburg; James Martin, mate; J. K. Nalley and G. Warner.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      Monday, July 2, 1900
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      Belleville, Ont., July 3. - The schooner ANNIE MINNES arrived in port last night, and her crew confirm the loss of the schooner PICTON off Charlotte. The captain says he was within two miles of the PICTON when she foundered, but was unable to render any assistance. The PICTON was owned by Capt. Sidley, of this city, who sailed her, with him perished his son, Sylvester, and the following crew, all of Belleville: Frank Smith, Walter Dunn, Wm. Bligh and Bernard Myers.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      July 4, 1900

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      Schooner PICTON. Official Canada No. 71206. Of 160 tons Gross. Built Picton, Ont., 1867. Home port, Port Hope. 98.7 x 22.7 x 9.5 Owned by R.C. Smith of Port Hope. Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.25506 Longitude: -77.61695
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Picton (Schooner), C71206, sunk, 1 Jul 1900