• Schooner
  • Brockville Narrows
  • N44 33 378 W75 43 151

Dimensions: 131ft x 26ft x 10ft 267GT 257NT
Type of Wreck: Schooner
Location of Wreck: N44 33 378 W75 43 151
Place and Builder:
Year Built: 1868
Mooring

Toronto Globe  August 4, 1877 #

The schooner LILLY PARSONS passed through the Welland Canal, bound from Black River to Brockville with coal, August 2, 1877

Oswego Palladium Monday, August 6, 1877 #

The schooner LILLIE PARSONS bound from Black Rock to Brockville with coal, struck a rock yesterday about two miles this side of Brockville, in the lower narrows, and sank in 18 feet of water. She fell over on her side and lies with her mastheads just out of the water. The PARSONS is owned by Mr. Bary Lynch and Mr. William Quinlan of this city and is insured for $8,000. Mr. Lynch will probably go down to her this evening.      

Oswego Palladium  Tuesday, August 7, 1877 #

The schooner LILLIE PARSONS which sank Sunday in the narrows, this side of Brockville in 18 feet of water has slid off into 30 feet and still lies on her side. The owners are negotiating for an apparatus to go to her relief.

Toronto Globe  August 10, 1877 #

 The schooner LILLIE PARSONS sunk in the river near Brockville in 18 feet of water, has slid off into 30 feet.      

Toronto Globe August 13, 1877 #

 The Brockville recorder, says, “The schooner LILLIE PARSONS will go to pieces soon if she is not raised.      

Toronto Globe August 17, 1877 #

A wrecking expedition from Kingston will make the attempt to raise the LILLIE PARSONS, coal laden, sunk near Brockville.      

Cleveland Herald August 25, 1877 #

The Oswego Times says: We understand that the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk in the St. Lawrence near Brockville, is a total loss, and that the insurance companies have concluded to pay the owners the amount of the insurance, $8,000.      

Toronto Globe August 27, 1877 #

The schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk in the river near Brockville, is a total loss.      

Toronto Globe Wednesday, September 5, 1877 #

The owners of the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk near the head of the “Narrows” at Brockville, have abandoned her and claimed the $8,000 insurance. It is improbable that she will be raised.      

J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883 #

 SUNKEN VESSELS DISCOVERED LILLIE PARSONS- UNKNOWN WRECKS –SAM COOK.      
Captain Merryman, the wrecker, intends looking after the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, which sunk some years ago near Brockville with 500 tons of coal. he believes that she can be raised without difficulty. It was generally supposed that vessels sunk for a length of time rotted or went to pieces, but this idea is an erroneous one.

Captain Merryman states that in his experience he has raised vessels which had been under water for thirteen years and found them still in a good state of preservation. Captain Merryman says that while working at the wrecked propeller St. CATHARINES, sunk in 125 feet of water, the men found the hulls of several other craft which no one seemed to know anything of, and several which were as sound as when lost. When a wreck goes down out of sight in deep water it is located by means of grappling weights attached to enormous towing lines and dragged about one mile behind a tug.

While working in this way last season to locate the St. CATHARINES many curious finds were reported, including anchors, chains, towing ropes, wheels, spars, etc. One of the wheels brought up must have been a relic of the pioneer days of steamboating, as the blades were fitted into the hub separately instead of being cast all in one piece as at present.      

regarding the wreck of the SAM COOK, work will begin as soon as possible. It will likely be a week or more, however, before they get rightly at work, as they are not allowed to use their own apparatus, and will have to secure what they need from Canadian ports. The hoister will be procured in Kingston. Two divers will be brought from Port Huron, and two more will probably be secured in Ogdensburg, while the majority of the men employed will belong to Brockville. It is expected that it will take about six weeks to raise the vessel.      

Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871 #

Schooner LILLIE PARSONS. U. S. No. 15509. Of 267.40 tons. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.      

Toronto Globe  August 13, 1877 #

A wrecking expedition from Kingston will make the attempt to raise the LILLIE PARSONS, coal laden, sunk near Brockville.      

Toronto Globe  August 27, 1877           #

The owners of the schooner LILLIE PARSONS, sunk near the head of the “Narrows” at Brockville, have abandoned her and claimed the $8,000 insurance. It is improbable that she will be raised.      

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