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Highland Chief (Schooner), struck wreck, 27 Sep 1873

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I think the boiler of the steamer MONARCH, which was wrecked on the Island Beach in the year 1856, ought to be removed, it has been kept buoyed since then, but the removal would much improve the approach to the Eastern Channel and I would recommend application be made to the Dominion Goverment for it's removal
      harbor Master's report
      Sessional Papers 1895

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Application was made to the Goverment for the removal of the boiler of the old steamer NONARCH, wrecked on the Island in 1856, when tenders were called for, by them, and the contract awarded to Capt. Frank Jackman. He was allowed to do what he liked with it so long as he put it where it would no longer be a menance to navigation.
His original intention, was to raise it and take it out into deep water, but he was not able to do so, owing to it's being so imbedded in the sand. He then used dynamite, which effectually broke it up. Since then, he has with a dredge and scows, brought most of the iron ashore, but stress of weather prevented him bringing in the balance this fall, he proposes completing the job in the Spring.
Capt Jackman reports "That while at work on the boiler they discovered the wreck of an old schooner in close proximity thereto, which they supposed to be that of the "Highland Chief." This vessel with a load of stone, was wrecked on the night of the 27th. September 1873, in attempting to enter the harbor by the Gap. There was another vessel wrecked the same fall, the ANN BELLE CHAMBERS, with cordwood, but she was wrecked near the Point, both vessels were total wrecks..
      from Harbor Master's Report
      Sessional Papers 1896

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Reason: struck wreck
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Highland Chief (Schooner), struck wreck, 27 Sep 1873