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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Oct 1895

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Capt. James Johnson, of the schooner Dauntless (which foundered in the lake last week) has gone east to investigate a story - that of the finding of the hull of the prop. Zealand, which went down in Lake Ontario in Nov. 1880, with all on board. Capt. Johnson received information from Rochester that the vessel had been found near the south shore of the lake between Rochester and Oswego.

The Zealand foundered off the south shore of the lake, between Cobourg and Oswego, during a terrific storm which raged during the night of Saturday, Nov. 6th, 1880. On Nov. 10th, Capt. Heenan, of the schooner Maria Annette, arrived at Port Hope and reported hawser box with propeller Zealand's name on it, and part of bulwarks or upper works, at eight o'clock on the previous day, about twelve miles out on the lake on Long Point. It was supposed that the sea being too high the boats, after the crew had left the propeller, were unable to ride successfully over the heavy seas which always exist on Lake Ontario in a wind such as that which prevailed during the storm. The Zealand was 650 tons register, and left Toronto on Nov. 6th, for Montreal with a cargo of wheat and flour.

The crew numbered sixteen. Captain Edward Zealand, of this city, was in command, and his untimely death was mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends here. When the coal oil trade was in its infancy and few sailing masters would accept a load of the combustible stuff, he, as commander of the Orion, shipped a cargo at Sarnia and was passing through the Welland Canal en route to Quebec when one of the sailors accidentally set fire to the oil, and the vessel was destroyed. Four sailors were burned to death in the fire.

The other Hamilton people on the ill-fated Zealand were Thomas Armstrong, ship carpenter, and Mary Ann Park, the cook. [Hamilton Times]

Marine Paragraphs.

The prop. Niagara cleared light last night for Toledo.

The str. City of Owen Sound and barge, Fort William to Kingston, with wheat, passed Port Colborne yesterday.

The schr. Emerald is storm bound here. When the wind moderates she will leave for Oswego to load coal for Gananoque.

The str. Pierrepont experienced much difficulty in getting away from the ferry dock for the island, but managed to make her usual trips.

The steamer Pierrepont finds it troublesome to effect a landing at the Marysville dock, owing to the lowness of the water. The steamer runs on bottom every trip.

Marine matters were very quiet today, the heavy wind making it impossible for crafts to move about. All the docks were washed by the waves and everything moveable went over the side.

The str. Africa, which foundered on Lake Erie on Wednesday, was well known at this port, having carried grain here for many seasons. She was an old boat and had gone out of the grain trade this season.

p.3 Bedford Mills, Oct. 8th - ...The tug Edmond and barge are here loading lumber for Ogdensburg...

p.4 The Wreck Is Disappearing - Stokes Bay, Oct. 11th - The barge Severn, wrecked on Loyal Island, has gone to pieces. Most of the vessel has gone from the main hatch. The aft remains broadside to the shore now.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Oct 1895