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Britannia (Schooner), aground, 31 Oct 1870

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On Sunday night there was a severe storm and vessels were ashore all along the south shore of the lake.
Canadian schr. BRITANNIA, Capt. H. Brock, bound from Vermilion to Toronto with cargo of grindstone went ashore near here, near the Peninsula lighthouse this morning. Alonza Grant, one of her crew was injured in the gale. His leg has been amputated. It is not expected that he will live. Four others in the crew succeeded in reaching shore early this morning....(followed with more on this and ELYRIA)...a barque in distress drifted past here this forenoon. The PERRY has gone in pursuit. The gale exceeds the violence anyone has known for many years.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      October 31, 1870

Schooner BRITANNIA, of Port Burwell, 118 tons, and valued at $4,000, and classed B 1. While bound from Vermillion to Toronto with a cargo of stone, sunk during a violent gale at the Erie Peninsula, October 30, 1870. Damage to hull placed at $4,000 and damage to cargo placed at $2,000. One live lost.
      Statement of Wreck and Casualties during the year of 1870
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries. Sessional Papers,(No. 5) A.1871

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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Britannia (Schooner), aground, 31 Oct 1870