Site Description

  • Schooner
  • 55ffw 18m
  • 100ft Length
  • False Duck Island, Lake Ontario
  • N43 56 62 W76 47 50

Chronological History #

  • 1853 – October 6 Ashore Port Burwell, Ontario, Lake Ontario
  • 1856 – October Sank Port Stanley, Ontario, Lake Erie -?
  • 1860 – Owned Burton & Rowe, Whitby, Ontario
  • 1861 – Large repairs; 192 tons
  • 1865 – March 13 Owned William Abercrombie, Picton, Ontario; 141 gross tons
  • 1868 – April 1 Owned Charles Wilson, Picton
  • 1870 – March 1 Owned Felix Lennon, Picton
  • 1875 – September 30 Owned James O’Mara, Lombardy, Ontario
  • 1876 – July 21 Rebuilt by O’Mara at Portsmouth, Ontario; renamed FABIOLA; 175 tons 1886 Owned Ostrander & Company, Picton
  • 1899 – Owned Bates, Picton; 95 x 23 x 9, 131 tons
  • 1900 – October 21 Foundered with coal off False Duck Island, Lake Ontario 1900 – Owned James Swift, Kingston, Ontario

Selection of Historical Articles #

Name Changes from Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1913. Sessional Papers Vol. XLV11 No. 16       #

Schooner FABIOLA. * Official Canadian No. 72577. Of 131 tons Reg. Built at Oakville, Ont., in 1852; rebuilt at Portsmouth, Ont., in 1876. Home port, Picton, Ont. Owned by James Swift of Kingston. 95.0 x 22.3 x 9.0 * formerly schooner ROYAL OAK.      

Chicago Times-Herald October 22, 1900 #

A dispatch from Kingston, Ont., says the Canadian schooner FABIOLA foundered in Lake Ontario near the False Ducks yesterday morning. The crew escaped in their yawl boat and landed at McDonald’s Cove. The FABIOLA was loaded with a cargo of coal for James Swift and Company of Kingston and left Charlotte Saturday. There were a high wind and much sea, and when about five miles out she sprung a leak. The crew worked hard at the pumps, but the vessel foundered in spite of their efforts. The schooner was owned by Capt. Bates, her master, and was thirty years old. She had a tonnage of 147 and measured 100 feet in length and 22 feet beam. Both vessel and cargo were uninsured.      

Port Huron Daily Times Monday, October 22, 1900 #

The Canadian schooner FABIOLA foundered in Lake Ontario near the False Ducks on Sunday morning. The crew escaped in their yawl boat and landed at McDonald’s Cove. She had sprung a leak that could not be stopped. She was owned by Capt. Bates was 30 years old and measured 100 X 22.      

Detroit Free Press October 23, 1900 #

The crew of the Canadian schooner FABIOLA, which foundered in Lake Ontario near Kingston yesterday, escaped from the vessel in the yawl boat. The FABIOLA was bound from Charlotte to Kingston with a cargo of coal and was five miles out when she sprung a leak. The schooner was owned by Captain Bates, her master. She came out in 1870 and was 100 feet in length.      

A dispatch from Kingston, Ont., says the Canadian schooner FABIOLA foundered in Lake Ontario near the False Ducks yesterday morning. The crew escaped in their yawl boat, nd landed at McDonald’s Cove. The FABIOLA was loaded with a cargo of coal for James Swift and Company of Kingston, and left Charlotte Saturday. There was a high wind and much sea, and when about five miles out she sprung a leak. The crew worked hard at the pumps, but the vessel foundered in spite of their efforts. The schooner was owned by Capt. Bates, her master, and was thirty years old. She had a tonnage of 147, and measured 100 feet in length and 22 feet beam. Both vessel and cargo were uninsured.

Lake Vessel Register, 1866 #

Schooner ROYAL OAK. [C] Of 175 tons. Built at Oakville in 1853 by Simpson. Owned by Abercrombie. Homeport, Picton. Value $3,000. Class B 2.       Board of Lake Underwriters      

3D Model by www.3dshipwrecks.com #

The 95 ft schooner Fabiola was built in 1852 and lost just south of False Ducks Island in 1900 while carrying a load of coal from Oswego. No lives were lost. Today it sits somewhat intact in 55 ft of water and is a popular dive site. The model was created from 2,097 images shot by Kayla Martin and Ken Merryman.

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