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Wave Crest (Schooner), C83413, aground, 21 Nov 1880

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The WAVE CREST scuttled-The GUELPH adrift with frozen sails- the rescue of the crew
Special despatch to the Palladium. Toronto Nov. 22, --Saturday about noon nine large schooners were in sight off this harbor, all working up the lake. The wind was southwest on the south shore, blowing hard and a heavy sea, and was west of the north shore. About 4 o'clock the schooner, WAVE CREST, Capt. Taylor had her jibs blown away, and the captain knowing there was no harbor that he could run into drawing ten feet, decided he would put into Frenchman's Bay, rather than run his chances of going to the foot of the lake. He succeeded in getting to the piers withing about a length of his schooner. As the sea was running high and he was pounding badly, he scuttled her. She is now lying easy, and if the weather moderates she will be lightened. She has three hundred tons of coal consigned to P. Burns of Toronto. Capt. Sylvester, the owner, is here and says he considered the WAVE CREST was lucky to get where she is. The schooner GUELPH, class A 2 nineteen thousand bushels capacity, was more unfortunate than the WAVE CREST. She succeeded in working up as far as Toronto Island, and Capt. Uglow says he was in good hopes of getting into Toronto about dark, when the gale increased and his whole head gear was carried away. Nothing remained for him to do but to put about and run back, as all his sails were frozen. He let go his anchor off Port Union, where he lay very nicely for a time, and till the chain parted. Not being able to put sail on, the schooner drifted to Frenchman's Bay. The captain tried hard to make the piers, but could not. The schooner fetched up about a half mile from the east pier. The crew remained on board all night. At daylight Capt. McCourt of the schooner JOHN WESLEY, Capt. O' Brien of the scow BROTHERS, Capt. A. Hiltz of the Schooner BELLE and George Moore got the boat off the WAVE CREST and made two trips to the GUELPH. The sea was very high. Capt Uglow was the last to leave his ship. About four miles west there is another large schooner at anchor, supposed- to be the QUEEN OF THE LAKES, and there
is still another further West. What these sailors are suffering and have been suffering during the last forty hours. No one can tell .
      Oswego Palladum
      Tuesday, November 23, 1880

Schooner WAVE CREST. Official Canada No. 83413. oF 182 tons register. Built Brockville, Ont., 1867. Home port, Port Hope, Ont. 110.0 x 22.5 x 9.7. Owned by R.C. Smith of Port Hope, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Reason: aground
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Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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William R. McNeil
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Wave Crest (Schooner), C83413, aground, 21 Nov 1880