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Union (Schooner), sunk ?, 30 Jul 1837

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Rochester, Aug 2. Shipwreck on Lake Ontario- The schooner Josephine, Capt. Hart, of Oswego, arrived at the mouth of the Genesee yesterday, reports that on Monday, between Oak Orchard Creek and Eighteen Mile Creek, about five miles from shore, he discovered a vessel laying broad side, and nearly all under water. He boarded her, found her hatches made fast, her canvas all set and no person on board. Could not discover her name. She appeared to be a Canada vessel of about 100 tons -- bottom painted white -- other paintings white, black and green with red stripe. Capt. hart thinks she must have had a full freight, as she lay so low in the water, but could not get at the hatches -- her fore rigging nearly tarred. He took her in tow and held her several hours, but the wind increasing, he was obliged to let go. He has brought in the yawl which was with her, and left it with Capt. Latta at the mouth of the Genesee River. There can be no doubt but all on board have perished, as there could have been no way to escape but by the yawl, which was found with her . She was probably upset in the squall on Sunday last - Democrat
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, August 3, 1837

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      The crew of the Canadian schooner, which was upset in a squall on Lake Ontario last Sunday, who were supposed to be lost, were taken off by the schooner MERCHANT. The wrecked vessel had no cargo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, August 5, 1837

      The Wreck --- In noticing the wreck of a Schooner on Lake Ontario yesterday, we mentioned that the yawl which belonged to her had been towed into this harbor by Capt. Hart. It appears that on the stern of the yawl were painted the words " Union - Port Hope." This was probably the name of the vessel.
There can be no doubt but that all on board have perished.
      From the Rochester Daily Democrat
      August 3, 1837 page 2

The Kingston Marine Railway - This is a most useful and interesting work, and one which is likely to prove not only a great public benefit but a source of profit to the enterprising proprietors. We learn that the steamer UNITED STATES is to be hauled on the Railway on Friday next, for the purpose of receiving some repairs.
We publish the following list with pleasure as showing the extent of business done on the work within the last few months. List of Steam Boats, Schooners, and Rideau Canal Barges, which have been hauled out and repaired on the Kingston Marine Railway, since August, 1837.
      Steam Boat Sir Robert Peel 263 tons
      Commodore Barrie 242
      Queenston 187
      " Kingston 140
      " Margaret 139
      " By Town 123
      " Rideau 100
      Schooner Telegraph 134
      " Britannia 127
      " Emily 109
      Erie and Ontario 104
      " Union 101
      " Lady Hillier 100
      " Commerce 100
      " Lord Nelson 100
      Barge May Flower
      Traveller about 85 tons each
      " Perth
A great number of Durham Boats and wood Scows have been hauled out and repaired on the small Way, for which the inventer, John McIntyre, the present superintendent of the works, took out a Patent at Toronto, in March 1836.
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      November 8, 1837 p.3

NOTE:-- it would appear that a schooner UNION was repaired after Aug. 1837, as per above. ??????

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.27422 Longitude: -78.33252
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Union (Schooner), sunk ?, 30 Jul 1837