• Type of Wreck: 2 Masted Brigantine
  • Dimensions:129 x 23, 10 Gross Tons
  • Location of Wreck: Lake Ontario, near Charlotte NY. Location not released.
  • Place and Builder:   Portsmouth ON, George N. Ault



      ———-       Foundered on Thursday off Sodus Point, N.Y.       ——       The Crew Took to the Yawl and Were Able to Reach Shore – The Coal Was For       Swift Destined For Queen’s University.      

“Schooner Queen of the Lakes Foundered. All the crew saved.” A telegram with the above was received by James Richardson & Sons late Thursday afternoon. The schooner is owned by the Richardsons, and was on her way from Charlotte to Kingston with coal. It was learned that she foundered when about ten miles out of Sodus. The captain and members of the crew will arrive in the city via the Cape boat at noon to-day. The crew is composed of the following: Capt. Chauncey Darryaw, Frank Darryaw, son of the captain, R. Watts, Thomas Watson, Francis Truesdall, and Samuel Cannem, cook, all of Kingston. The schooner left here about twn days ago loaded with feldspar for Charlotte , and made the trip without mishap. Owing to rough weather she stayed in Charlotte several days for shelter, but, on Wednesday morning, as the weather cleared somewhat she pulled out for the return trip. Only meagre particulars have been received of the unfortunate accident, but it is known that there was a very rough sea, and it is believed that the vessel sprung a leak. There was no insurance on the schooner.       The Queen of the Lakes was rebuilt by Richardsons several years ago, having been purchased from Capt. Taylor. The vessel was purchased by the Richardsons when she went aground on one of the lakes. She was rebuilt at Deseronto. This was the first mishap the vessel had met with since that time. The past season was a very busy one with the schooner, she having been engaged for the most part in carrying coal and feldspar.      

The coal in the Queen of the Lakes consisted of 500 tons of soft coal screenings, consigned to James Swift & Co., Kingston. The coal was for Queens University, Swift & Co. having the contract to supply that institution. As neither vessel and cargo are accepted risks at this late season of the year, both the Richardsons and Swift & Co. lose all. More than that, it wil cost Swift & Co. over $500 to keep their contract with Queen’s, as it will take that amount over and above the contract price to get the coal here by rail.      

Kingston Daily Whig  Friday, November 30, 1906       #

SCHOONER FOUNDERED BUT CREW SAVED IN SKIFF. Rochester, Nov., 30. — The schooner QUEEN OF THE LAKES, owned by Richardson & Sons of Kingston, Ont., sunk in Lake Ontario Wednesday night. The vessel left Charlotte, loaded with coal, bound for Kingston. The lake was very rough, and the boat sprang a leak in a short time.       The crew of six men were unable to save her and when about opposite Sodus Point abandoned her and took to the small baot. The schooner went to the bottom soon afterwards. The men reached shore safely, but in an exhausted condition. The vessel was valued at $5,000 and her cargo at $1,700. The owners had no insurance.      

List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1905 #

Schooner QUEEN OF THE LAKES. Official Canada No. 77626. Of 190 tons Reg. Built Portsmouth, Ont., 1853. Home port, Kingston, Ont. 128.0 x 23.3 x 10.3 Owned by Geo, A. Richardson, Kingston. Ont.      

Buffalo Evening News  November 30, 1903 #

Massive leak in hull sends schooner to bottom of the lake The 53 year old schooner, Queen of the Lakes, was enroute to Kingston, Ontario with 480 tons of coal when she sprang a massive leak during a late November gale and was sent to the bottom of Lake Ontario.   The schooner had departed Charlotte (Rochester, NY) in the early evening of November 28, 1906 with a crew of six men on board.  When the schooner was east of Sodus Point and about ten miles from shore, one of the crew discovered that the ship was taking on water.   The leak was very serious and the bilge pumps could not expel the incoming flow of water fast enough.  Captain Daryaw turned the Queen of the Lakes about and headed for Sodus Point, the nearest port, in order to save the ship and its crew.   The schooner was sinking rapidly however and it was determined that they would not make it to shore in time.   The ship’s yawl was made ready and the crew and captain left the sinking ship.  When they were less than 50 feet away from the schooner the Queen of the Lakes disappeared into the deep depths of Lake Ontario. 

History #

1863 Owned W.R. Taylor, Kingston, ONT; 347 tons.
1864 Owned W.R. Taylor, Kingston; 279 tons.
1865 Made trips to West Indies & Cuba; owned A.M. Smith & G.W. Wyatt, Toronto, ONT.
1868 Large repairs; owned Conger et al, Kingston; 283 tons.
1877 Rebuilt, 347 gross tons.
1878 Registered Kingston, owned S.J. Starling, Belleville, ONT.
1884 Ashore near Avon Point.
1887 Towed to Kingston by Tug MCARTHUR after going ashore previous fall at Brighton, ONT.
1888 Owned Richardson & Co., Kingston; rebuilt 190 tons.
1902 Repairs.
1906 Nov 28 Sank.
2015 July Discovered by Shipwreck World

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