The schr. FLORIDA of Quebec, bound to Toronto from Black River with 662 tons of coal, sprung a leak about 2:00 Wednesday morning and went down about 11:00 Thursday off the Mohawk 15 miles from Port Colborne, the crew all taking to a small boat. They were picked up and brought here by the propeller BLANCHARD of Buffalo. The FLORIDA lays in about 80 ft. of water, with the topmasts sticking out. She lays just east of the schr. CARLINGFORD which was sunk by a collision last fall. Vessel and cargo are a total loss. The FLORIDA is a 3 masted schooner of 386 tons built in 1875 classed B2, valued at $5,000 and is owned by Quebec parties. She was of a light build, being constructed mostly of pine and tamarack.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 25, 1882 8-4
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[Special Telegram to the Inter-Ocean.]
Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 23. --The propeller B.W. BLANCHARD arrived this afternoon at 5 o'clock. Captain Green reports the sinking of the Canadian schooner FLORIDA ten miles southeast of Mohawk Island. The disaster occurred this morning about 8 o'clock, and was witnessed by the Captain and crew of the BLANCHARD. The crew of the FLORIDA, consisted of six men and two women, were rescued by captain Green and landed at Port Maitland. The FLORIDA was laden with 600 tons of coal, bound from Black River to Toronto. She sprung a leak and sunk in two hours. She was built at Batiscom in 1875 by Magny, and was owned by Oldrieve & Co., Quebec. She was built mostly of pine and tamarack. The weather was calm at the time of the disaster.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1882
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The schr. FLORIDA of Quebec, bound from Black River to Toronto with 662 tons of coal, sprung a leak about 2:00 Wednesday morning off Long Point and foundered about 15 miles off the Mohawk 15 miles from Port Colborne about 11 o'clock.
Port Huron daily Times
Friday, August 25, 1882
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Port Colborne, Aug. 23. -- The schooner FLORIDA, of Quebec, foundered today off Grand River, about 18 miles from here. When she went down the crew took to the yawl and were picked up by the propeller BLANCHARD bound to Buffalo, and brought here. The Captain says she sprung a leak when off Long Point, and although the crew worked hard they were unable to keep the vessel afloat. The FLORIDA is owned in Kingston by Messrs. Oldrieve and Horn, and was bound from Black River with 662 tons of coal for Toronto.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug./Sept., 1882
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Kingston, Oct. 19. -- Captain McCarthy, the Buffalo wrecker, is at present in the city. He recently visited the schooner FLORIDA which went down several months ago eighteen miles off Port Cplborne, coal laden, bound from Black River to Toronto. With the help of a diver the rigging, spars, anchors, chains, pumps, etc., were taken off the vessel and brought to Port Colborne. The wrecker received two-thirds of the proceeds of the sale. The schooner lies in seventy-five feet of water. It would appear that when she went down she took a dive striking the bottom with her bow-sprit. She was wrenched, and it is believed broken in two amidships. She will not be raised.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882
TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
[Inter Ocean Casualty List]
Aug. 23. -- Schooner FLORIDA, in Lake Erie. Crew saved.
J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882
Schooner FLORIDA, Canada No. 73035. Built at Batiscan, Quebec 1875, of 351 tons net, 3521 tons gross. Foundered Lake Erie August 20, 1882. Register Closed, September 14, 1882.
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