The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Victory (Schooner), fire, 30 Nov 1766

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"Before the end of 1761, a party of workmen with necessary tools and materials came from New York and established a small shipyard on what became known as Navy Island in the Niagara River above the Falls. Sir William Johnson gave some personnel supervision to the work which was carried on under the direction of John Dease, his nephew. A considerable quantity of sawn timber and plank, prepared by the French was opportunely discovered in Chippewa Creek, and a sloop or Schooner , named the HURON was launched and rigged and sailed for Detroit in October. During the next two years, the sloop's BEAVER and CHARLOTTE, and the schooners BOSTON, GLADWIN and VICTORY were built and equipped at Navy Island.
      Memorials of Fort Erie and Early Navigation of Lake Erie
      by Colonel Cruckshank p. 1.
      " Despite this advice at the close of navigation that year both the BOSTON and the VICTORY were taken down the river and laid up for the winter at the wharf at Navy island, where the last named ship was accidentally destroyed by fire. This loss was reported by Sir William Johnson in a letter to General Gage on the 2nd January 1767.
" I have received letters from Niagara informing me of the burning of one of the vessels at Navy island on the 30 November last, which was at first ascribed to the Indians. "
      Memorials of Fort Erie and Early Navigation of Lake Erie
      by Colonel Cruckshank p. 9.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.056944 Longitude: -79.010833
William R. McNeil
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Victory (Schooner), fire, 30 Nov 1766