Site Description #

  • Schooner
  • 20 – 30ft
  • 100ft length
  • Four Mile Point, Lake Ontario
  •  44’11.083 W76′ 31.528

Chronological History #

1855 Enrolled Cleveland, OH; first trip to Buffalo with salt.
1861 Repaired, Cleveland.
1862, Sep Aground St. Mary’s River with iron ore.
1863 Owned George Warner & B.L. Pennington, Cleveland.
1863, Aug Collision with a propeller at Cleveland; repaired.
1863, Oct Lost sails in a gale, Lake Huron.
1866, Jun Collision with bark MERRITT, Lake Michigan.
1868 165.07 gross tons US388; repaired.
1869 Jun Collision off Cleveland, Lake Erie.
1869 Jul Collision with propeller AVON, Welland Canal.
1869 Nov Damaged in heavy weather, Lake Michigan.
1871 Repaired.
1872, Nov 6 Sunk, Lake Ontario

David Swayze Shipwreck Record #

A. MEDBURY Other names   :  also seen as A. MEDBERY Official no.     :  388Type at loss: 
schooner, wood Build info:  1855, Burton Parsons, Vermillion,  OH
Specs:  112x24x9,   226 t. om
Date of loss:  1872, Nov 6
Place of loss:  100 yds N of Four Mile Point, near NiagarLake: Ontario*
Type of loss:  collision Carrying:salt
Detail: Bound for Chicago, she collided near Snake Island with the schooner HERCULES and was cut nearly in two. She sank very quickly, her crew having time only to save themselves.

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A. Medbury (Schooner), U388, sunk by collision, 6 Nov 1872

The Toronto Mail Thursday, November 7, 1872 #

Schooner A. MEDBURY, an American vessel of 226 tons, bound from Kingston to Chicago collided and sunk off Four Mile Point, Lake Ontario, on November 6, 1872. She was a total loss, the loss value estimated at $9,700. No lives lost 
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1872 
      Department of Marine & Fisheries 

The Toronto Mail Thursday, November 7, 1872 #

 Kingston, Nov. 6 – The schooner HERCULES, which left here yesterday evening for Hamilton with railroad iron, ran into the schooner A. MEDBURY, near Snake Island, cutting her almost in two. The MEDBURY sank in about 3 minutes, giving the sailors barely time to save their lives. The MEDBURY was loaded with salt for Chicago. The HERCULES was so badly damaged that she had to be towed into port by the tug MIXER. The MEDBURY was insured for $5,000 in the Merchantile Marine Insurance Co. of Cleveland. Her freight list and cargo were insured in the British Amercian for $3,900. 

St. Catharines Evening Journal November 7, 1872  #

The schooner HERCULES, which left Kingston Tuesday evening for Hamilton with railroad iron, ran into the schooner A. MEDBURY, near Snake Island, cutting her almost in two. The MEDBURY sailors had barely time to save their lives. The MEDBURY was loaded with salt for Chicago. The HERCULES was so badly damaged that she had to be towed into port by the tug MIXER.

Toronto Globe November 9, 1872  #

The salt cargo of the MEDBURY having dissolved the stern of the vessel rose to the surface yesterday and was run into by another vessel and thereby discovered it had not moved from the scene of the collision. 

Toronto Globe  November 10, 1872  #

THE MEDBURY. – Last night the sunken vessel was towed around Nine Mile Point and left there. Today the gale had broken her up and she will be a total loss. 

The Toronto Mail Monday, November 11, 1872  #

Kingston, Nov. 9 – The schooner MEDBURY, sunk on Tuesday, has been abandoned by the Insurance Company. 

St. Catharines Evening Journal November 12, 1872  #

The lumber schooner MEDBURY lays in eighteen feet of water, one hundred yards north of Four Mile Point. All vessels hugging the “Point” are in danger of striking unless due caution is observed in steering clear of the obstruction. 

Port Huron Daily Times  Friday, November 15, 1872 #

The schooner A. MEDBURY, which was run down and sunk in Lake Michigan, (sic) appears to be beyond recovery. She lies in 18 feet of water. 

Register of the Ships of the Lake and River St. Lawrence, 1864  #

Schooner A. MEDBURY, of 226 tons. Built Vermillion by B. Parsons in 1855. Owned by Warner & Pennington. Home port, Cleveland. Class B. Value $5,000. Remarks – Repaired in 1861. 

 Herman Runge List  #

Schooner A. MEDBURY. U. S. No. 388. Of 226 tons gross. Built Vermillion, Ohio, 1855 by B. Paraoni. 

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869 – 1877 #

Schooner A. MEDBURY. U. S. No. 388. Of 165.07 tons gross. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 
NOTE?– The A. MEDBURY is still listed up to the Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1877 ????       

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