The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Admiral (Schooner), aground, 4 Nov 1867

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For the past three days the wind has been blowing a stiff gale, causing considerable irregularity to the arrivals of the steamboats trading to this City. The Royal Mail Lines were frequently 12 hours behind, while freight boats had put in at the way ports to aver the fury of the wind.
      On Sunday it's course was from the East and a number of schooners bound for Toronto were detained at the Bar, west of the City, unable to enter. After a lull in the evening, it suddenly rose to a gale and veered round to the North West, when a number of vessels, bound outward, made an effort to leave the harbour.
      Among these was the schooner " ADMIRAL," which weighed anchor about dark, bound for Oswego with a cargo of about 200,000 feet of lumber, shipped at the Northern Railway Wharf.
      She had got out as far as the Lighthouse, when the wind struck her a broadside and drove her on a sand bar, projecting into the lake a distance of several hundred yards. All the efforts of the hands were unable to keep the head sufficiently to the wind to avert a disaster and she was driven on the beach, within a short distance of the lighthouse, ordinarily the spot on which the vessel grounded, contains only about 3 feet of water, but the waves rose to such a height, as to make an effort to land extremely hazardous. When all hand gave up attempts to save her, as hopeless, she was shipping water freely, but held together until midnight, when she showed signs of going to pieces and a determination was made to abandon her.
      The Lighthouse Keeper, had meantime heard the cries of the men for assistance, but the fury of the waves, deterred him making any attempt to reach them, and in their unaided effort to land, one of the seven on board, a sailor name Kelly, was lost, the unfortunate man had just shipped at Toronto, prior to the ADMIRAL leaving this port.
Another of the men was carried away into the lake, but the waves beating shorewards, favoured his reaching land, and by the assistance of his companions he was rescued in an exhausted state.
      The cargo lay yesterday, scattered along the beach and large quantities reached the wharfs along the front of the Island. The vessel is now a complete wreck.
      Toronto Globe
      Tuesday, November 5, 1867
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In the same gale which wrecked the schooner ADMIRAL, the Hamilton schooner ORION of 240 tons, was stranded on the sand-bar at the western end of the Island, she was light (no cargo) and was got off without too much trouble, she was built in 1853.
      Toronto Globe
      Tuesday, November 5, 1867
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      ADMIIRAL, schooner of 167 tons built Port Hope in 1854 by Stevens, owned by Myles Bros. Registered at Hamilton classed as B2 (or fourth class) and valued at $5,OOO. Remarks-refastened and strengthened in 1861.
      Register of ships
      Inland for 1864 (underwriters)

ADMIIRAL, schooner of 167 tons built Port Hope in 1852 by Stevens, owned by Wm. Myles. Home port, Toronto. Classed as C 1. (or fourth class) and valued at $1,500. Remarks- Locked up.
      Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters
      Lake vessel Register for 1866

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Admiral (Schooner), aground, 4 Nov 1867