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W. Y. Emery (Schooner), C71280, sunk, 26 Sep 1899

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      Crew Rescued, but the Vessel and Cargo Lost
      Was Seen in Distress Off Bear Creek and the Tug Proctor Went to the Rescue of Sailors.
      The Loss Estimated at $20,000 - Narrow Escape of the Members of the Crew From Drowning.
      The Schooner W. J. EMERY, laden with coal and bound from the port of Charlotte to Kingston, sunk in the lake about a mile and a half off Bear Creek and about twenty-six miles east of the port of Charlotte at noon yesterday. One of the heaviest storms of the season was prevailing on the lake at the time the vessel went down.
The crew of the vessel was rescued by the tug PROCTOR, but the schooner and the cargo is a total loss, which entails a loss of about $20,000 to the owners.
The schooner with Capt. William Mitchell in charge, and a crew of nine men, pulled out of the port of Charlotte Monday afternoon with a load of coal consigned to Kingston, Ont. During yesterday forenoon a vessel was seen several miles east of Charlotte flying signals of distress. The wind was blowing a gale from the northwest and a heavy sea was running. Those who saw the signals displayed by the distressed vessel telegraphed to Charlotte and the tug PROCTOR started out to the rescue.
The tug reached the vessel about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. It was just in time to rescue the captain and crew from drowning for the vessel which had sprung a leak, was rapidly sinking. It was with great difficulty that the tug crew could get the crew of the vessel to the tug but the task was finally accomplished and the last man had no sooner been taken off than the vessel sunk and the water closed over. Some articles of value were removed from the captain's cabin. These included considerable money and his clearance papers.
The tug returned to Charlotte and arrived there at 4:15 this afternoon. The schooner as learned from the crew was the EMERY. The men said that they fought all night with the storm and they were considerably exhausted when they were rescued.
      Rochester Union & Advertiser
      September 27, 1899

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Schooner W. Y. EMERY, Can. Official No. 71280. Home port, Toronto. Built 1875 at Port Burwell. 104.3 x 25 x 10.8 of 154 tons reg. Owned by G. E. Baird of Toronto.
      List of Vessels on the Register of the
      Dominion of Canada, on Dec. 31, 1898

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.25506 Longitude: -77.61695
William R. McNeil
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W. Y. Emery (Schooner), C71280, sunk, 26 Sep 1899