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Garibaldi (Schooner), sunk, 28 Oct 1865

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Says the Toronto Leader: We learn by telegraph from Collingwood that a fearful storm raged yesterday on the Georgain Bay, and that the schr. GARIBALDI , laden with grain, was lost between Meaford and Collingwood. The crew, a captain and 3 seamen, also perished, we regret to say, with the vessel.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      October 28, 1865 3-3
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      Owen Sound TINES Oct. 27, 1865
      It is our painful duty this week to record the shipwreck of the scow GARIBALDI, belonging to this port, together with the loss of cargo and crew, It appears that she had been engaged by Nessrs. Stewart, merchants, of Meaford, to carry wheat from that place to Collingwood, from whence it was forwarded by the Northern Railway.
      On the night of Thursday last, Oct. l9th. the loading of the vessel was completed, and a stiff north west breeze blowing - which always raises a heavy sea on Georgian Bay, it was found impossible to retain her at the dock without running great risk of her being broken up by the violence of the sea, in which case her cargo would have been a total loss. The only alternative was to put to sea, And try to get to Collingwood, the wind being fair for that place. The latter was the course attempted; but sad to say, nothing has since been heard from the vessel, and without doubt she now lies at the bottom of the lake with her cargo, and worse than all, in all probability six human lives have met a watery grave. The vessel was owned by Capt. R. Harkley, and was sailed by Capt. Thomas Creighton ( a brother of one of the propitiers of the journal) From all accounts, the vessel was most unfitted for the voyage, in fact, if all accounts are correct, she was completely rotten; Besides the Captain there were two seamen and a lad on board, which with a man who was left on shore in their hurry-comprized the crew.
It is reported there were two passengers on board for Collingwood, but we have been unable to learn the names either of the passengers or the hands. The shore was closely examined for several miles, and from the result of the search, little doubt remains of the loss of all on board, The vessel when leaving Meaford, was, we are informed, without an anchor or proper boat with which those on board might have saved themselves. They had a small boat, but as it was so smashed as to be of no use, and was washed ashore together with the hatches, a part of the bulwarks,and the binnicle, near the mouth of the Nottawasaga River about twelve miles from Collingwood-.
      As yet nothing has been seen of the bodies of the unfortunate men; and it is not at all likely they will ever be recovered. Capt. Creighton leaves a wife and child to mourn the untimely end of a husband and father, and we feel satisfied they have the heartfelt sympathy of the community.
      The GAf?IBALDI, was heavily laden with 4,700 bushels of Fall wheat on board, owned we believe, by Nessrs. J. & W. Stewart, of Meaford, the loss of which will no doubt be felt very heavily.
      The want of proper shelter has always been found a great disadvantage to vessels loading at Meaford, and we are glad that steps are being taken by the Township Council to construct a harbour which will accomodate the shipping and prevent the reacurrence of similar accidents to the one we are now called upon to chronicle.
      from Toronto GLOBE
      October 31,1865

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GARIBAIDI, schooner of 80 tons, built at Chatham in 1854. Owned by Robert Harkley
      Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters
      Vessel Register for 1864

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
Freight: grain
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.610833 Longitude: -80.587777
William R. McNeil
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Garibaldi (Schooner), sunk, 28 Oct 1865