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Thomas C. Street (Bark), C74372, aground, 7 Nov 1880

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Wellington, Nov. 8. -- The heaviest storm of wind and rain known for years passed over this locality on Saturday night. The schooner ALBERT ROSS, of Oakville, went ashore on Sandy Beach, three miles below here, about 1 o'clock on Sunday morning. All hands were saved. She loaded lumber and shingles at Port Hope for Charlotte. The vessel is full of water and lying easy.
      About the same hour the barque THOMAS C. STREET, of St. Catharines with 21,000 bushels of wheat, from Toronto, bound for Kingston, came ashore three miles above here with her sails torn into shreds. The crew hung in the rigging for two hours when all were rescued by throwing a line to shore which was fastened to a tree carrying them all safely to land. The vessel is leaking. It the wind keeps up much longer they will be a total wreck. She lies on a very rocky bottom.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Monday, November 8, 1880

The schooner T.C. STREET reported ashore at Wellington, Prince Edward County. She had a cargo of through wheat from Duluth.
      Toronto Globe
      November 9, 1880

      The steamer CHIEFTAIN left this morning with pumps and lighter to assist in getting the stranded schooner T.C. STREET off. The B.W. FOLGER has gone as a lighter to the wrecked schooner T.C. STREET, whose cargo belonged to the Montreal Transportation Company.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 9, 1880

      The weather was too severe for the CHIEFTAIN to lighten the T.C. STREET, ashore at Wellington. "Probs" indicate another storm.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Wednesday, November 10, 1880

      THE STREET DISASTER. -- Two of the crew of the schooner T.C. STREET, which ran ashore off Wellington on Saturday night, have arrived in the city. The say the weather was comparatively fair when they left Toronto for Kingston, the vessel being grain laden. After being out on the lake for some time Captain Phipps barometer indicated a great change. He headed the vessel to the north shore and beached her in the gale, but he saved his crew, who speak nothing but praise in alluding to his conduct.
      The schooner was greatly damaged; indeed, after last nights blow, she must be a complete wreck. Our informant says the sailors were most kindly treated by the Wellington people, Mr. J.C. Boweman and his brother being most gratefully remembered. John Greeghan, Kingston, was one of the crew. Capt. Phipps is part owner of the vessel.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 11, 1880

      The schooner T.C. STREET, ashore at Wellington has been abandoned, and for the present time the wrecking expedition has been withdrawn.
      The T.C. Street once made a voyage across the Atlantic, and was once capsized.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 15, 1880

The steamers CHIEFTAIN and lighter, Schooner B.W. FOLGER, returned from the wrecked schooner T.C. STREET last night. On account of the gale they could not reach the beached vessel. The grain is being stored in Wellington. The vessel will probably be a total loss. Her bottom is being broken by the rocks, and the grain is washing away
Wreck of the T.C. STREET - Captain Phipps thinks the report in the Whig of a few days ago regarding the wreck of the T.C. STREET did not altogether do him justice, and sends the following letter of explanation to the Mail:
      Sir: An item in the Marine News of your issue of 12th. instant,. headed "How the T.C. STREET went ashore," would make it appear that I ran the vessel for the beach without an effort to get to Kingston. This was far from being the case, for I kept the vessel on her course to round Long Point, and it was not until the jibs blew away, and it was impossible to keep the vessel from continually broaching to, that I was compelled to keep her head before the wind and sea and knocked out the bulwarks to free her of water as much as possible. Even then I had my doubts about the vessel reaching the beach, and I feel certain she would never have reached Long Point.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 16, 1880

      Schooner T.C. STREET, ashore on beach near Wellington, on Prince Edward Island [sic] , abandoned for the present.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 16, 1880 [Casualty List]
Capt. John Donnelly left this afternoon to inspect the beached schooner T.C. STREET.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November 17, 1880

Schooner T.C. STREET, ashore on beach near Wellington, on Prince Edward Island [sic] , abandoned for the present.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      November December 1, 1880 [Casualty List]

“David O’Hagan, Captain of the NELLIE THERESA, has the following good word to say of the life saving service at Wellington. He begins his letter by acknowledging the service given him in releasing his schooner, which was barley laden. He says: ‘We grounded on a portion of the sunken wreckage from the schooner T.C. STREET, off Clarke’s pier, Wellington, on the 20th Oct. inst. I ran out my anchor to try to heave her off with my own crew and what few men I could hire, but failed to move her. As men were not very plenty I was advised to call on the life-service, which I did. Capt. McCullough and crew responded promptly, and in less than half an hour they were on hand and ready for business. After consultation it was deemed prudent to relieve the vessel of part of her cargo, which was accordingly done. Meantime Capt. McCullough sent one of his men to the station for purchase blocks to heave her off, which we succeeded in doing after lightening her of about one thousand bushels of barley. In about five hours we had the vessel afloat without damage to either vessel or cargo."
      British Whig, Kingston
      Oct. 27, 1883

Barque THOMAS CLARK STREET. Official Canadian No. 74372. Of 319 tons register. Built at St. Catharines, Ont., in 1869. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 138.4 x 25.6 x 11.5 Owned by J.G.H. Hagerty, Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of
      the Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1886

NOTE:-- The fact that the T.C. STREET, is still listed in 1886 and indeed listed up to 1903, means nothing other than very poor administration on the Port Registry office.

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Reason: aground
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Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 43.95012 Longitude: -77.34947
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Thomas C. Street (Bark), C74372, aground, 7 Nov 1880