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Ardelia (Schooner), sunk, 27 Apr 1854

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Loss Of A Schooner, And Its Crew On Lake Ontario. -- We alluded a few days since, to the washing ashore of the body of a lad, near Pultneyville, and stated the suppositions in regard to the identity of the deceased lad and the cause of his death.
We learn that he was the son of Michael Butler, of Oakville, C.W., who was owner of the schooner ARDELIA, lost with the entire crew, six in number, on Lake Ontario. The vessel sailed from Wellington, with a cargo of peas, and wrecked on her course. The time and cause of the catastrophe is not known. The following are the names of those on board: Chris Boylan, captain, Wm. Carlisle, Robert McMullen, Richard Dillon, Wm. Hilton and Thos. Butler. The father of the last name has recovered the remains of his son, and returned with them home. The vessel and cargo were not insured., Loss estimated at $4,000. - Rochester Democrat.
      Oswego Times & Journal
      Thursday, April 27, 1854

THE LOST VESSEL. -- The Oswego Times says there is no longer any doubt that the vessel reported lost on Sunday, the 9th., between Oswego and Long Point, was the Canadian schooner ARDELIA, and all on board lost.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 20, 1854

THE LOST SCHOONER. -- Inquiries begin to reach here from Canada in regard to the schooner ARDELIA, of Oakville. Messrs. Clemow & Bloore have received dispatches from Mr. Butler, of oakville, enquiring whether that vessel had reached here from Wellington. No tiding have been received here, and in all probility she is the unfortunate vessel that had been lost. -- Oswego Times
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, April 20, 1854

Loss Of The Schooner ARDELIA, And All hands. - The entire loss of this vessel and all hands, is now beyond doubt, and none of her crew remain to tell the cause of the melancholy catastrophe. Her owner, Mr. Butler, received intelligence on Saturday, that the body of his son had been found on the shore, near Pultneyville, west of Oswego. He returned to his afflicted family with the body, on Monday, and the funeral took place last evening.
A mystery appears to hang over the loss of the vessel, which requires investigation. The body of the son of Mr. Butler was found close by a part the cabin; it shows marks of having chafed by holding on to something in the water, leaving no doubt that he went on shore on the part of the cabin found near him. From accounts that was published, it appears that the crew of the Daniel Williams saw the ARDELIA go down - got near her - saw the blankets and other articles floating on the water, and two men holding on to the yard or topmast; threw a line to one of the men, and hooked the other by the back of the vest with the boat-hook; yet they reached none - saved nothing from the wreck; and yet, it is now proved that young Butler must have been near them on a part of the cabin, which was built on deck, and on the vessel going down, would naturally separate from her and float off.
We do hope that the crew of the Daniel Williams will, for the sake of humanity, be able to account for their apparent want of energy to save life, that a most searching investigation will be made into all the facts of the case. The crew consisted of Christopher Boyland, Captain, unmarried; Wm. Curlen, mate, married; Robert McMullen, Wm. Stilton, seamen, unmarried; and Thomas Butler son of the owner, aged 16 years. - Oakville (C.W.) Sentinel.
      Oswego Times & Journal
      Monday, May 15, 1854

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Freight: peas
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Ardelia (Schooner), sunk, 27 Apr 1854