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  • 1853, Oct 25 Owned William Ford & Thomas Maxwell, Kingston, ONT.
  • 1854 Owned McKenzie & Co., Kingston.
  • 1855, Apr 4 Owned William Ford, Jr. & Edw. & William Zealand, Toronto, ONT.
  • 1866 Rebuilt by A.M. Robertson, Hamilton, ONT; 132 x 23.1 x 10′; 3 masts; owned E. Zealand, Jr., Hamilton.
  • 1870, May Barge carried governmental supplies.
  • 1872, Aug 31 Foundered.

Disasters on Lake Ontario – A dispatch dated Oswego, August 31st says: The schr. ALPHA from Toronto, has been wrecked in this harbor; crew saved. The schr. ORION, from Cleveland for Kingston, is sunk off Long Pt., Canada; crew saved. The schr. RICHARDSON from Toronto, is ashore at Presque Isle. 
Another dispatch syas the brig OCEAN of Hamilton, commanded by Capt. Dunn, and freighted with stone from Cleveland to Picton, sprung a leak on Lake Ontario yesterday (Friday) morning, and sunk in 15 minutes. The crew of 7 made land at a distance of 30 miles in an open yawl through a heavy sea. It is probable that the other marine disasters have occurred on the lake. 
      Detroit Tribune 
      September 2, 1872 4-7 

The schr. ORION which became a total loss during the late storm on Lake Erie, was owned by E. Zealand of Hamilton. She came out in 1853 and was rebuilt in 1867. She was 210 tons burden, classed A2 and was valued at $10,000 in gold. 
      Detroit Tribune 
      September 7, 1872 4-6

ORION (1853, Schooner)IDENTIFICATIONYear of Build:1853CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIPBuilt at:Picton, ONTVessel Type:SchoonerHull Materials:WoodNumber of Decks:1Builder Name:David TaitOriginal Owner and Location:Arthur Gouman (Yeomans), Athol, ONTPOWERNumber of Masts:2DIMENSIONSLength:102’Beam:22’Depth:9’Tonnage (old style):249Capacity:2,500 barrelsFINAL DISPOSITIONFinal Location:10 miles S of Long Point, 7 miles offshore.
Lake Ontario.Date:31 Aug 1872How:Foundered in storm.Final Cargo:Stone.Notes:Bound Cleveland, OH to Kingston, ONT; crew escaped.

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