The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 11, 1880

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The lost propeller Zealand.
The Guiding Star Encounters a mass of her wreckage- no doubt that she has foundered-Her crew as far as known.

Port Dalhousie, Ont. Nov. 10. The schooner Guiding Star, Capt. Wm. Griffin, arrived this morning from Oswego and reports having passed pieces of a cabin, bed clothes, water tank and barrels of flour. The flour was made and marked by W. T. Tyson & Son, Clarksburg, Ont. One of the crew says they passed the schooner Ariel, picking up the flour. The lake was filled with portions of wreck, and it is supposed to be some propeller bound from Toronto to Kingston. Pieces of white railing were also picked up.

Special despatch to the Palladium.

Hamilton Ont. Nov. 11. Up to the present time no news of the prop. Zealand has been received except as to the finding of parts of her cabins and cargo. In fact any hopes as to the safety of any of her crew are not now entertained. Much sympathy is felt here in respect to Captain Zealand and his family. He leaves a wife and five children. He was a life long citizen of Hamilton and had a host of friends. The crew of the Zealand if full, consisted of sixteen persons, but from the way in which they were shipped it is impossible to give the names or residences excepting the following: Edward Zealand, captain Hamilton Thos. Dewsey, first Engineer St. Catharines, leaves a wife and four children. David Taylor, second engineer, Port Colborne, unmarried; Joseph Malette, first mate, Montreal unmarried, Thos. Danos Lefie, second mate, Cornwall unmarried Thomas Armstrong, ship carpenter, Hamilton leaves a wife and daughter, Miss Francis Lady's maid Montreal . The two deck hands were known on board as George and Jack , the former being an Englishman and the latter hailing from Toronto. The cook belonged at Hamilton, but her name cannot be remembered . She was a widow and leaves no family. Capt. Thomas Zealand, brother of deceased and his eldest son Edward, have left for the north shore to make search for any debris of the wreck or bodies which may be washed ashore.

The Zealand was full canal size, built by A. Robertson of Hamilton, in 1874, and was comparatively new. Her cost was $32,000 and even with the depreciation of ship property, she was valued at $25,000. Her machinery was taken from the propeller Chatham, burned a few years ago in Burlington Bay, and she had been kept in excellent repair., most of her wood work being new. She was engaged in the lake trade between St. Catharines and Montreal. Saturday she loaded at Toronto with 12,000 bushels of wheat and 360 bbls. Of flour which was a moderate cargo, and left her drawing only 9 feet of water. Captain Zealand was 53 years old.

Special despatch to the Palladium

Consecon, Nov. 11. Capt. Courson of the schooner Nellie Sherwood picked up a gangway of the propellor Zealand this forenoon in Weller's Bay It was marked Steamer Zealand in large letters.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 11, 1880