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Ontario (Schooner), sunk, 11 Sep 1881

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Chicago, Sept. 12. -- An Inter-Ocean, Port Dalhousie dispatch says: The schooner ONTARIO, from Charlotte to Picton, with coal, sank yesterday morning fifteen miles west of Point Peter Light. All the crew were saved.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, September 13, 1881
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      Picton, Sept. 12. - The schooner ONTARIO from Charlotte to Picton with coal, foundered yesterday morning fifteen miles west of Point Petre light, but the crew were saved. the Ontario left Charlotte about twelve o'clock Saturday night, a heavy wind from the south blowing and big sea running.
      Everything went well till about daylight, when she commenced to leak, and in spite of every effort of the crew, the water kept gaining. Signals of distress were hoisted and noticed by Captain Ostrander, of the schooner FLORA CARVETH who bore down to their relief, and in the meantime, the crew abandoned the vessel, taking to their yawl, which, owing to the high sea, was launched with great difficulty.
      Kingston, September 12. - Three of the crew of the schooner ONTARIO, Miss Swift, the cook, and J. Fisher, a sailor, came down today in the HERO from Picton, to which place they were taken by the FLORA CARVETH. They say her crew, consisting of the captain and owner, Daniel O'Hagan, John O'Hagan, the mate, the cook and two sailors, were picked up in a very exhausted condition, very wet and cold.
      Young Fisher states when it was found that the vessel was sinking, the yawl was put out, but the painter broke and it went bobbing over the waves. He jumped into the water and had to swim about a mile before the yawl was reached. He took it back to the vessel, to forward part of which the crew were still clinging, and they all entered. In about an hour, they were taken on board the FLORA CARVETH and landed at Picton. The vessel sank midway between Fair Haven and Long Point, her crew saving nothing but clothes they wore.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, September 14, 1881
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The schooner ONTARIO sprung a leak and sunk on Sunday morning, fifteen miles west of Point Peter light. The ONTARIO was bound from Charlotte to Picton, Ont., and was loaded with coal. Her crew were saved, being rescued by the schooner FLORA, which sailed to the assistance of the ONTARIO on seeing her flying signals of distress.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 15, 1881

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.838888 Longitude: -77.155277
William R. McNeil
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Ontario (Schooner), sunk, 11 Sep 1881