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Bell Case (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1870

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The effects of the gale on Tuesday morning are much more serious than was at first anticipated. On Lake Ontario between here and Toronto, numerous vessels under sail, of which the following are a few, suffered and experienced the roughest treatment. The schooner Cora, with a cargo of barley from Kingston, went ashore near Oswego, and the schooner Flying Cloud was driven aground at Blind Sodus Bay, American shore. The schooner Ariadne, from Oswego to Kingston, arrived in port on Tuesday afternoon, minus her fore and main sails, which were entirely carried away, leaving nothing but bare masts to catch the wind. Her captain reports two schooners ashore at Timber Island, names unknown. Another schooner, which it is said could not weather the storm from the position she occupied, went hard aground at South Bay Point; and three others in the Upper Gap, the latter part of which statement, however, cannot be credited in the absence of definite information. The schooner Flying Scud, laden with barley, from Kingston, and which was previously mentioned as having returned, was caught in the gale at the foot of Wolfe Island, losing her gib and anchor. The steamer Hiram A. Calvin left Garden Island on Wednesday morning to pick up to pick up the raft of timber, which broke away from that place and floated down the river among the adjacent islands. The new schooner Benedict, belonging to Messrs. Rathbun & Son, Millpoint, aground at the Military Cottages, commenced unloading her cargo of lumber on Wednesday morning. As she now lies at water mark, she can be safely floated off when lightened. The American schooner Kate Robinson, of Chicago, will require both unloading and pumping before it is possible to attempt her removal from where she is at present stranded. Her bottom is stated to be badly damaged by the violent manner in which she was beaten and rolled on the rocks at the farthest point of Point Frederick. The barque Pride of America, lying between the Benedict and Kate Robinson, occupies the most difficult position of the three, requiring to be raised by jack screws upon a temporary ways and launched, a work attended with considerable expense. The schooner Orion and barque Robert Gaskin were also forced from their moorings at the time the gale sprung up; but were securely fastened together and anchored about one hundred yards from the harbour with no other damage than the loss of the forerigging of the former. A large number of vessels are thought to be ashore at different places west of Kingston, but on account of the lines of both the Dominion and Montreal Telegraph Companies being interrupted, communications, except with a few places, cannot be obtained. The steamer Watertown arrived from Cape Vincent on Tuesday evening about 7 o'clock. A telegram from Picton this afternoon states that the schooners Plough Boy and Belle Case are ashore on Wapoose (sic - Waupoos ?) Island. The schooner Marie, lying at anchor in South Bay, dragged and went ashore. A big vessel, name unknown, is ashore on Timber Island. There are two vessels, names unknown, ashore on the False Ducks; one of them has the appearance of a steamer.
      Daily News , (Kingston )
      October 19, 1870
Contributed by Rick Neilson

Schooner BELL CASE, of Montreal, 60 tons, and classed as B 1, valued at $1,300. While bound from Port Milford to Oswego, collided and sunk at Wapoose Island [Lake Huron sic.] October 1870. Value of lossl placed at $1,3. No lives were lost.
      Statement of Wreck and Casualties during the year of 1870
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries. Sessional Papers,(No. 5) A.1871

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $1,300
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    Latitude: 44.00011 Longitude: -76.98274
William R. McNeil
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Bell Case (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1870