The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fortune (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1864

Full Text

The schooner ANNA CRAIG, of Cobourg, succeeded in getting safe into anchorage about 8 o'clock on Friday morning, and left with a fair wind on Saturday Morning.
Muuch anxiety was felt on Friday for the safety of the ALTAIR, as the sea could be seen occasionally breaking over her, and she had a flag of distress hung out, but a boat from the schooner LILY DANCY of Goderich, which was safely anchored to leeward of the Island, having been seen going to the Island in the morning, confidance was felt that anything sailors could do for them, could and would be done by that boat's crew. They carried a boat across the Island and succeeded in taking the crew off , and all got safe ashore , though they had a narrow escape - the boat having been capsized in the breakers , but fortunately not far from shore.
      The schooner FORTUNE, of Detroit, is ashore at Pine Tree Harbour, about 50 miles north of here. She had 20,000 bushels of oats on board. The Capt. and crew arrived here yesterday (Sunday) evening, having been brought down by some Indians in their fishing boats. They report that she is a total wreck, her bottom stove in, her masts overboard and the oats banked on the shore.
The GEORGE ALVORD, of Oswego, with a cargo of oats and corn, is ashore at the Fishing Islands- so the crew of the FORTUNE report. Beside these, three vessels are ashore at Kincardine, one loaded with grain, one with lumber and one in ballast, another is said to be ashore to the north of Kincardine at Stoney Island. - No lives are reported lost.
      Toronto GLOBE
      November 18th 1864

The schooner FORWARDER was driven ashore at Kincardine, Lake Huron and is stated will prove a total loss. The tug DISPATCH which went to the relief of the schooner A.J. Rich, on lake Huron, has returned to this port, that vessel having been abandoned as a total loss. Strong doubts are entertained that any of the numerous vessels ashore along that coast will prove otherwise than a total loss, such was the height and force of the seas on lake Huron, that not more than 15 minutes elapsed from the time that the schooner FORTUNE struck ere she was in fragments and the whole of her cargo deposited in the lake. The gale was accompanied with a blinding snow storm, and no land was discovered until the vessel had reached the breakers and passed all hope of working off. Mr. Burton, Insurance agent, who has just arrived here from the Canadian shore on lake Huron, reports a small vessel having come ashore on that coast, with all hands lost. The name of the vessel was not ascertained.
      Toronto Globe
      Monday, November 21, 1864
Schooner FORTUNE. 372 tons. Built Detroit, 1853 by J.L. Wolverton. Owned by E.W. Hudson. Home port, Detroit. Value $7,500. Class E REMARKS-- Large repairs in 1864.
      Register of the Ships of the Lakes
      and River St. Lawrence for 1864

Media Type:
Item Type:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: oats
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
William R. McNeil
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Fortune (Schooner), aground, 16 Nov 1864