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Northman (Schooner), sunk, 16 Apr 1880

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      The Last Crew Sacrificed
      The schooner NORTHMAN, lost with all hands on Lake Ontario, had a cargo of 23,400 bushels of wheat, and 600 bushels of corn, and was bound for Kingston. She was a canal vessel, as a matter of course, and is one more added to the long list of that class of craft which have gone down on the lakes with their entire crews. It has been hoped for a day or two past that one or more survivors might make their appearance ashore at some point, or have been fished up by passing vessels, but all hope is now given up. Of the nine persons forming the crew, the name of only one, that of Captain Frank Cavarette, is known. He resided at Kingston, and leaves a family. The mate resided at Kingston, and is thought to have been married.. The cook, wis wife and the five seamen, all French, were from the Lower Provinces. Of her calss [canal], the NORTHMAN was considered one of the best, and she was "one of the largest carriers." She measured 325 tons, was built in 1876 [comparatively new], rated A 1, and was valued in the Insurance Register at $16,200.
Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.
      Hamilton, Ont., April 24. -- The NORTHMAN foundered off Port Credit, on the 16 th., in the afternoon. The Captain's name was Frank Cavarette. Have no names of mates or crew. The cause of loss is yet a mystery -
- Signed A. M. Robertson, Owner
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, March/April 1880

      Schooner NORTHMAN; Foundered 10 miles off Port Credit, Lake Ontario - All hands perished - April 16.
      Casualty List for 1880
      Toronto Globe
      November 30, 1880

NORTHMAN, schooner of 325 tons and registered at the Port of Hamilton, foundered while on a voyage fron Port Dalhousie
to Kingston, off Port Credit, Ontario, on April 16th.1880. The stress of weather and a supposedly shift of cargo, were the reasons suggested for the vessels sinking , taking 8 lives with her. She was valued at 18,000 Dollars, and her cargo was valued at 24,000 Dollars
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1880
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries
      NORTHMAN 325 tons and registered at Hamilton foundered 7 to 10 mile from Port Credit, Lake Ontario
      Dept. of Transport
      Casualty List for 1880
The fine schooner "NORTHMAN ", of Hamilton, four years old and 326 tons register, owned by Mr. A.M. Robertson, of Hamilton,
left Port Dalhousie, Ont. on the 15 the April 1880, for Kingston partially loaded with wheat. On the next day she was seen from Port Credit trying to make Toronto Point in a gale of wind and heavY sea. She was seen to broach to, having lost her foresail, and rolling heavily for some time, and then disappear entirely. Since then nothing has been heard of her. It is supposed that she shifted her cargo in rolling and foundered. The vessel was valued at 16,000 Dollars and the cargo was valued at 24,000Dollars..
      from Chairman of the Steamboat Inspection Report
      Canadian Sessional Papers # 5. A.1882

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 9
Freight: wheat, corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.55011 Longitude: -79.58291
William R. McNeil
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Northman (Schooner), sunk, 16 Apr 1880