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British Lion (Schooner), C80577, aground, 28 Aug 1891

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      Cleveland, Aug. 29. -- The schooner BRITISH LION, Capt. Lucas, of Windsor, Ont., bound from Ronney to Erie with a cargo of stave bolts, sprung a leak during the blow on Thursday and capsized. The crew all that night clung to the bottom of the capsized schooner and were not picked up until noon yesterday, when the steamer NYACK hove in sight and, observing their signals of distress, bore down upon and rescued them. The crew were so benumbed they had to be carried on board. When the NYACK reached here late last night the men were all right. The names of the crew are: Leonard Wilcox, mate, unmarried and hailing from St. Jerome, Mich.; Ed Smith, cook, single, from Buffalo; Seaman George Chubb, of Montreal, also unmarried; and Harvey Stephens, able seaman, with a family at Black Rock, N. Y.; Capt. Lucas has a wife and child at Windsor.
The captain and crew stopped at this port, and Capt. Lucas will note his protest this morning, after which all will return to Erie to look after the capsized schooner.
      The BRITISH LION is a Canadian schooner of 180 tons register.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday, August 29, 1891

Erie, Aug. 29 - The schr. BRITISH LION from Romney, Ont., for Erie, with stave bolts, which was wrecked 16 miles west of Erie during the storm last night, is on the rocks near this port and will go to pieces.
      Cleveland Leader
      August 30, 1891 7-5

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
The Canadian scow schooner BRITISH LION, while en route Thursday from Romney, Ont., to Erie, Pa., capsized. Her crew of six men took to the yawl and were picked up by the steamer NYACK. The boat is a total loss. She was built in 1883, measured 80 tons, rated B2, and had a valuation of $800
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
Two of the boats wrecked in the storm of a week ago, the schooners POMEROY and BRITISH LION, have since been taken into port and will be repaired.
The schooner PERSIA, a small Canadian craft, foundered near Picton, Ont., Monday. She was stone laden from Kingston to Toronto, commanded by Capt. David O'Hagan, and owned by D. W. Allison, M. P., and the captain.
      Marine Review
      September 10, 1891
Schooner BRITISH LION. Official Canada No. 80577. Of 80 tons reg. Built Pike Creek, Ont., 1883. Home port, Windsor, Ont. 84.6 x 22.6 x 5.5 Owned bY James Montgomery, of Maidstone, Ont.
      List of vessels on the registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: stave bolts
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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British Lion (Schooner), C80577, aground, 28 Aug 1891