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Garibaldi (Schooner), aground, 21 Nov 1880


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Toronto, Nov. 23 - The schooner ashore near Consecon proves to be the GARIBALDI of Toronto. Four of her crew were rescued by a party from shore. Mate Lewis Stonehouse died during the night; two others are very badly frostbitten.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 23, 1880 1-9

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      The schooner GARIBALDI which was anchored in Presque Isle harbour, broke her cable and drifted ashore on Weller's Beach yesterday. There were six men and a woman on board. A boat from Brighton went out twice and took four of the crew off, but was unable to go again, so the remaining three were in the rigging all night. This morning the boat went out again, when one of the men was found frozen to death, and the other two very much exhausted, and their feet and legs frozen.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 22, 1880

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      Horrible sufferings of the GARIBALDI Survivors
Special despatch to the Palladium. Consecon, Ont. Nov. 23, -- The schr. GARIBALDI, which went ashore Sunday morning about 7 o'clock on Weller's beach a short distance from the late Belle Sheridan's disaster, was driven out of her course by the gale. She then tried to make Presque Isle, but could not and dropped anchor on what is called "The Middle Ground" but broke her cable. People from the shore succeeded in rescuing three of the crew and the cook, who is a woman, and three remained on board all night. This morning the others were taken out, one being dead and the other two badly frozen. The captain and the mate were two of those remaining on board over night. The mate was dead. His name is Lewis Stonehouse. The captain was saved alive, but his feet were badly frozen. Those remaining on board over night had to be chopped loose from the ice.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday November 23, 1880

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      ANOTHER FATALITY ON WELLER'S BEACH.
Consecon, Nov., 22.-- The schooner GARIBALDI went ashore yesterday morning about seven o'clock on Weller's Beach, a short distance from the late BELLE SHERIDAN disaster, The vessel was bound for Toronto, loaded with coal, and was driven out of her course by the gale. She then tried to make Presque Isle, but could not, and dropped anchor on what is called the Middle Ground, but broke her cable. People from the shore succeeded in rescuing three of the crew and the cook, who is a woman, but three remained on board all night. This morning they were also taken out, one being dead and the other two badly frozen. The captain and the mate were two of the three remaining on board over night, the mate being the deceased. His name is Lewis Stonehouse. The captain was saved alive, but his feet are badly frozen. Those remaining on board overnight had to be chopped loose from the ice.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1880
     
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      Stranded Schooner GARIBALDI. -- James Riley, a sailor on the GARIBALDI which ran ashore at the head of South Bay Point, arrived in the city last evening. He says the vessel ran upon South Bay Point on Saturday morning about 3 o'clock. The wind was blowing so strong that the sailors could hardly walk on deck. He could not give the surnames of the men or any person on board, knowing them only by their Christian names. The name of the mate, however, who was frozen to death, as we have already stated, was not, he said Stonehouse as some journals have stated. He attributes the mate's death to the fact that he had not secured from the cabin a sufficient quantity of clothing in which to wrap himself, he was lightly clad when he ascended the rigging. The captain, mate, and one sailor remained on hoard over Sunday night. The former had his foot frozen and another had his toes ripped. Those who rescued the crew did so at the peril of their own lives. The small boat capsized several times. Riley is a Lower Canadian and will proceed to his home in a few days.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 24, 1880


      THE GARIBALDI WRECK (from the Picton Times) -- The names of the crew of this unfortunate vessel are John McGlenn, master, Louis Stonehouse, mate, deceased, Ann Mathews, stewardess, John Hoffman, Philias Hamlin, Napolean Colomb and John Nelson. Nelson is an American from Detroit. He was taken off with the Captain. Hoffman, Hamlin, Colomb and the mate were from below Quebec. The captain and stewardess are from Toronto. The vessel is owned by J. & J. T. Mathews, of Toronto, and is insured. The vessel left Little Sodus on Wednesday, and on Thursday night took shelter between Wellers Bay and Presque Isle. On Saturday night she got above Whitby, when the gale carried away her foresail and staysail, and broke the main boom. The main halyards had to be cut, as they would not run through the blocks, being coated with ice. Under nearly bare poles she ran to Presque Isle before morning. Thinking he had got under Presque Isle the captain cast anchor, but presently three tremendous seas tossed the vessel furiously and she parted her cable. With canvas frozen down he could not make the entrance to Weller's Bay, and so struck a half-mile to the south of it. His sight failed so that he could not see the lights himself, and so had to depend wholly on his men. He has recovered it again however. he hopes that when the coal is taken out the vessel will float again.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 26, 1880

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      The wreck of the GARIBALDI
Kingston Nov. 25. Three of the seamen off the schooner GARIBALDI reached here this morning. Their hands had been frozen, but are better now. They lost all their clothing, but the captain promptly paid them all the wages coming to them. Stonehouse was the name of the mate who was frozen to death.
When discovered Monday morning, he was standing beside the cabin window encased in ice, or as one put it," a regular iceberg" His hands were over his head. One of the Frenchmen wanted to stay on the vessel but the mate threw him into the boat and ordered him to make for the shore. The rigging was one mass of ice. The vessel will remain in her present condition until spring. She was lying easy when the seaman came away
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday Nov. 29, 1880
     

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Schooner GARIBALDI, ashore near Weller's Bay, Lake Ontario, November 1880. Not off yet. Mate frozen to death.
      Toronto Globe
      Casualty List for 1880
      November 30, 1880

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Captain John Sibley, of the schooner JOHN WALTERS, was recently presented with the medal given him by the Dominion Government in recognition of his endeavors to rescue the unfortunate crew of the schooner GARIBALDI, which went ashore on Weller's beach last fall.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, November 14, 1881


Well put. The Hamilton [Canada] Spectator says: -- " Strange lights are still seen, they say, along the shore at Weller's beach, where the schooner BELLE SHERIDAN was wrecked, and all hands lost, save a boy. Not far from there died Louis Stonehouse, mate of the schooner GARIBALDI. When the GRAIBALDI was wrecked some of the crew of the schooner were taken off, and the others remained on board till night came. The rickety old substitute for a lifeboat could not make another trip. All but the mate climbed into the rigging and lashed themselves to the frozen shrouds. The mate went below. The terrors of that night can never be expressed in words. The decks were deep with ice, and the rigging was like iron bars. Every sea that dashed over the schooner piled the ice higher, and the vessel was slowly breaking up. When the rescuing party came with the daylight Louis Stonehouse was dead. He stood in the cabin frozen in the midst of a block of ice. With his hands above his head, as if to ward off this terrible and certain death, he was a monument to the niggardliness that allowed him to freeze and die for want of a life-boat. Willing heart and strong arms were on the beach, but boat there was none. So died Louis Stonehouse, the mate of the GARIBALDI, and his ghost still walks the beach."
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, Nov./Dec. 1882
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1880
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McN.W.20451
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.00012 Longitude: -77.51618
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William R. McNeil
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Garibaldi (Schooner), aground, 21 Nov 1880