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Pinta (Schooner), sunk, 19 Nov 1879

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The schooner MERCURY is ashore at Pentwater. The schooner LUCKY is high and dry at Manistee; the schooner WAUBASHENE is on the beach 5 miles above Point Edward; the schooner SAMANA is on the beach east of Port Colborne. The schooner SUMATRA is on the beach at Cleveland; the large river tug J.P. CLARK capsized and sunk at Belle Isle, Detroit River and sank in 15 minutes. One drowned. The schooner PINTO of Oakville, Ont., stone laden went down in 30 feet of water about 1 mile down from Oakville. At Sand Beach the barge PRAIRIE STATE is rapidly going to pieces.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 21, 1879

      PINTA, stone hooker, 9 years old, registered at the Port of Hamilton and 36 tons. Foundered 5 miles South East from Oakville when bound from Oakville to Toronto Nov. 20, 1879. A total loss with three lives lost in what is described as happening in a shift of wind.
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty 1879

PINTA, Scow of 36 tons reg. Built Port Nelson 1869. Owned by H. Cotton a Port Nelson merchant. 58.0 x 14.4 x 4.8
      Canadian Register of Shipping 1875
      Sessional Papers 1875, Vol. 4 No. 5

PINTA. Scow.[no number] Of 36 tons reg. Built Port Nelson 1869. Owned by Henry Dorland Cotton of Port Nelson, Ont. Home port, Hamilton, Ont. 58.0 x 14.4 x 4.8
      Canadian Register of Shipping 1886
      Sessional Papers No. 15. A. 1887

"The PINTA, commonly called the PINTY, was a scow, built for J.G. Cotton at Port Nelson in 1869, she was 58 feet on deck, 14 foot 4 inches in the beam and 4 foot 8 inches deep.
      With Capt. Jim Quinn of Oakville she foundered with a load of stone off Marigold Point, Port Credit, and in 1902 the schooner WOOD DUCK sailed right over the wreck, and it was claimed that her center-board rose and fouled the main boom."
      Toronto Telegram
      Schooner Days
      May 7, 1932

      L O S T L O S T
      On Thursday morning, the 20th. inst., the scow PINTA, under the command of William Quinn, left Oakville Harbour, laden with stone, for Toronto, and when running down about 4 miles at 10 o'clock A. M. reefing to the then terrible wind, the vessel went down, and while sinking it was discovered by Mr. George Schofield, that two or three persons then aboard escaped in a small scow; one of these bodies was recovered [ Samson Howell ] at Port Dalhousie. The other two still missing may be identified by the description given below.
      from a local Oakville Newspaper
      November 24, 1878
      Oakville and the Sixteen
      by Hazel C. Mathews
      Those lost in the PINTA were:
      William Quinn, body not recovered
      Joseph Quinn, aged 18, body not recovered
      Samson Howell, body found at Port Dalhousie on the ships scow, frozen to death.
      Oakville and the Sixteen
      by Hazel C. Mathews
      . . . . .

      Register Number - 70
      Name PINTA
      Type Scow
      Port Hamilton
      Tons 36
      When Built 1869
      Where Built Port Nelson
      Builders name & date of Certificate. -- A. St. Clair. June 4, 1869
      Description of vessel: Surveyor, Wm. Beatty.
      Length 58 feet
      Breadth 14 feet & 4 tenths.
      Depth of hold 4 feet & 8 tenths.
      Decks One
      Masts Two
      Bowsprit Standing
      Stern Square
      Figure-head Without. Carvel built,
      How rigged Schooner
      Masters name Gordon
Subscribing owners: H. Cotton of Port Nelson sole owner; sold to Henry Dorland, dated Mach 1875
      Port of Hamilton, Shipping Register, 1846 to 1874
      Vol. 362 & Vol. 363 Microfilm Reel C - 2465
      National Archives, Canada
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    Latitude: 43.45011 Longitude: -79.68292
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Pinta (Schooner), sunk, 19 Nov 1879