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Thistle (Schooner), sunk, 3 Dec 1845

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there can no longer exist a doubt that the schooner THISTLE of this Port, commanded by Captain Burns, joint owner with Messrs. McPherson & Crane, Has gone down in the waters of Lake Ontario, with all on board.
The THISTLE, left this port upwards of three weeks since, with a large quantity of Iron on board, and has not been heard of since, the gale of the 3rd. evening succeeding her departure. In all probability the terrible squall experienced on that evening by the THISTLE and other vessels in the vicinity of Toronto, struck her over, and filling with water,the Iron freight took her down.
Captain Burns was an able and popular seaman, and was much respected by all who knew him in Kingston and elsewhere.
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, December 11, 1845

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MELANCHOLY DISASTERS. -- During the gale last week, we are sorry to hear that, there have been serious losses on Lake Ontario. The schooner THISTLE, Captain Burns, with a full cargo of merchandize, from Kingston to this port, was seen during the gale in a very critical position, and the owners Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, have no doubt but she has gone down, with all hands. Capt Burns was an old resident of the Country, and well and favorably known while commander of the steamboat UNION on this lake.
The Schooner KENT, owned by the Messrs Browne of Hamilton, is on shore, and it is feared will prove a total wvreck, at the Thirty Mile Creek. The Steamer ADMIRAL, Capt. Gordon, went to her assistance from Niagara on Wednesday, and only succeeded in saving three kegs of Powder and a cask of merchandise. We have not heard of any lives being lost.
The Schooner NELSON, Capt. Ross, from Kingston, with a cargo of merchandize, took shelter during the gale, in Windsor Harbor, with the loss of sails, where she remains, frozen up.
The Schooner A. SMITH, Capt. Wilson, from Kingston, was obliged to throw a deck load of crockery overboard, which we understand belonged to Messrs. Norris of this City.
      All the vessels that have arrived In port yesterday, from below, report the gale as the most severe they have experienced for many years, and each of them has suffered more or less damage.
      Reports are rife of several vessels being on shore, on the opposite side of the Lake, but we have been unable to learn particulars. ---- Colonist Dec. 5
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, December 11, 1845

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      A portion of a mast, with some rigging attached, was one day last week, found about two miles from this place, down the lake, on the American side. It is supposed by its size, to have belonged to the schooner THISTLE, which was lost with all on board several weeks ago, when on a voyage from Kingston to Hamilton. ---- Niagara Chronicle
      Kingston Argus
      February 17, 1846

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    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Thistle (Schooner), sunk, 3 Dec 1845