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George Thurston (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1882

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Collingwood, Oct. 24. -- The steamer MAGANETAWAN arrived here last night from Byng Inlet. The purser, Mr. McQuade, brings a report that the bark GEORGE THURSTON, bound for Byng Inlet from Algoma Mills, light, went on a shoal at 3 A. M., the morning of the 23rd, off Byng Inlet light-house, south of the Stakes, leaking badly, being hlaf full of water. It is impossible to get her off without the assistance of a wrecking tug and a steam pump. The owners, at Amherstbrg, were notified this morning of the accident.
Kingston, Oct. 25. -- Charles Chambers and Lewis P. Yette, of Kingston, and Wm. Taft, of Port Hope, were sailors before the mast on the GEORGE THURSTON which, light, went ashore at Byng Inlet on the 23rd. Their wages at $2 oer day continues until they reach this port. The THURSTON was returning after delivering steel rails at Algoma Mills.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October,1882

Kingston Notes, Oct. 27. -- The crew of the barque GEORGE THURSTON, ashore on Byng Inlet reef were saved. The THURSTON was built at Kingston in 1854, rebuilt in 1867, and again overhauled at Quebec in 1880. She classed A 2½ and was valued at $12,000
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1882

Kingston Notes, Oct. 29. -- Capt. John Donnelly left with pumps, hawsers, and diving bell, in order to rescue the schooner GEORGE THURSTON, aground at Byng Inlet.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1882
      The stranded schooner GEOARGE THURSTON has gone to pieces. The THURSTON measured 324 tons. She was built in 1858 and rebuilt in 1869. Roach, of Kingston, was the owned. Insured.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.770555 Longitude: -80.546111
William R. McNeil
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George Thurston (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1882