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Gibson (Schooner), aground, 31 Oct 1875

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The schr. GIBSON, loaded with wheat for Buffalo, is reported ashore at Port Burwell. A tug with steam pump left here this morning to go to her assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 1, 1875 3-5

Soon after the departure of the tug CROWELL with a steam pump yesterday afternoon to the assistance of the schr. GIBSON, ashore at Port Burwell, a telegram was received from Capt. Muir stating that the vessel was a total wreck, and it would be unnecessary to send relief. The GIBSON was built in this city in 1870, by Samuel Gibson, and was valued by the underwriters at $12,000. She was not insured. The cargo, consisting of 17,000 bu. of wheat, was fully insured. The GIBSON was owned by Capts. Gibson and Muir.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 2, 1875 3-5

NAVIGATION DISASTERS-- Detroit, Nov, Ist.-- The schooner GIBSON, laden with wheat from Detroit, went ashore last night at Port Burwell, and is full of water. The GIBSON is owned and commanded by Capt. Jas. Muir, who recently had a foutune left him in Scotland. The crew are all saved..
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Tuesday, November 2, 1875

Port Burwell, Nov. 2. -- The schooner GIBSON, reported yesterday as being ashore, is breaking up.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Tuesday, November 3, 1875

Capt. Samuel Gibson, part owner of the schr. GIBSON, stranded at Port Burwell, still has hopes that the vessel can be saved and contemplates fitting out an expedition as soon as the weather becomes favorable for working on her. A dispatch from Port Burwell Tuesday said that the vessel was breaking up.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 4, 1875 3-4

      The schooner GIBSON, Capt. Muir, bound from Toledo to Buffalo with 16,000 bushels of wheat, went ashore at Port Burwell at 5 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. No insurance on vessel; supposed to be a total loss. The crew were got off by launching the barque LILLY, a Hamilton boat, from the beach. No lives lost.
      Amherstburg Echo
      November 5, 1875

Mr. Rice of Detroit, in the interest of the Phoenix Insurance Co., has left to fit out an expedition for the relief of the schr. GIBSON, ashore at Port Burwell. She has heretofore been reported as having gone to pieces, but the rumor is not credited. So says a Detroit paper.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 8, 1875 3-5

Dispatches were received in this city yeterday announcing that the schr. GIBSON ashore at Port Burwell, was going to pieces, and that the first gale would probably render her a complete wreck. The damaged grain is being taken out and will be brought to this port. The vessel is valued at $12,000, and uninsured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 13, 1875 3-6

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.65009 Longitude: -80.8164
William R. McNeil
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Gibson (Schooner), aground, 31 Oct 1875