Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Comet (Steamboat), aground, 18 Nov 1848
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COMET Steamer, an accident happened to the COMET while bound down from Kingston to Toronto, on Nov. 18, 1848 she struck upon Gull Island Shoal, 2 and a half miles from Duck Light-house. three quarters of her cargo was thrown overboard, valued at $5,000.
      Toronto Globe
      Nov. 22, 1848

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The steamer COMET, which reached Toronto on Monday morning, got aground on the Ducks, about 30 miles west of Kingston, and fearing a storm might come on threw overboard 4,000 or 5,000 pounds worth of goods. The weather, however, kept calm - the steamer was enabled to resume her voyage, and arrived safely at Toronto - minus the goods. --- Examiner
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 27, 1848

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The gale of Friday last has been destructive of much life and property on Lake Ontario. The schooner CANADA, belonging to Kingston, and bound from Oswego to Port Hope, went ashore near that place - six lives lost. She had a full cargo of salt, which with the vessel, is a total loss.
      The steamer COMET is ashore below Toronto. We learn no particulars.
      The schooner OTTAWA, belonging to Hamilton, bound from Oswego to Port Stanley, with salt, has been lost near that place. No particulars given.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, December 4, 1848

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November 1848.-- Steamer COMET, (British) ashore on north side of L. O., jetted cargo of merchandise and got off; subsequently, while in pursuit of goods jetted, got ashore near Whitby; will probably be again got off. Property loss $11,000.
      1848 Casualty List (Capt. Rounds)
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 4, 1849

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Reason: aground
Cargo: $5,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.942777 Longitude: -76.823888
William R. McNeil
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Comet (Steamboat), aground, 18 Nov 1848