Site Description

  • Schooner – Barge
  • 100ft
  • ?
  • Shored Oswego New York
  • Lake Ontario

Chronological History #

1855 Owned Edmund Boyle & Co., Kingston, ON
1860 Refastened.
1860 Owned Hugh Ross, Kingston & Thomas Bolley, Amherst Island, ON
1861 Owned Joshua J. Nichol & Soloman Sylvester, Toronto ON
1865 Large repairs; 144 gross tons.
1866 Owned J.J. Nichol, Kingston.
1867, May Ashore Rondeau, ON, Lake Erie.
1870 Rebuilt.
1870, Mar 15 Owned Benjamin Barney, Wolfe Island, ON
1871 Owned Campbell, Kingston.
1872, Sep Sank Wolfe Island, St. Lawrence river; owned McClelland et al.
1874 Major repairs.
1878 Owned J.H. Radford, Wolfe Island.
1878, Nov 22 or 29 Wrecked; owned Benjamin Barney, Kingston

Selection of Historical Documents more located www.martitimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

About 6:30 o’clock Friday morning the schooner SWEET HOME, of Kingston, drifted ashore a few hundred feet east of the life-saving station at Oswego, and although there was not a very heavy sea on, immediately commenced breaking up and will prove a total loss. The cargo was owned by E.W. Rathbun & Co., and is not insured; the damage to the cargo is estimated at $1,000. The SWEET HOME is owned by Benjamin Barney of Kingston, was built in August, 1853 at Jordan, repaired in 1874, had a tonnage of 40 tons, rated B 2 with a dash, and was valued at $2,000. 
      Chicago Inter Ocean 
      December 2, 1878 

LOSS OF THE SWEET HOME. — About 6:30 o’clock Friday morning the schooner SWEET HOME, of Kingston, drifted ashore a few hundred feet east of the life-saving station at Oswego, and although there was not a very rough sea on, immediately commenced breaking up, and will prove a total loss. The cargo was owned by E.W. Rathbun & Co., and is not insured. The damage to the cargo is estimated at $1,000. The SWEET HOME is owned by Benjamin Barney, of Kingston, was built in August 1853, at Jordon, repaired in 1874, had a tonnage of 40 tons, rated B 2 with a dash, and was valued at $2,000. 
      Detroit Post & Tribune 
      Tuesday, December 3, 1878 

PORT OF KINGSTON FOLIO 1 Register Number : 72   #

Name: SWEET HOME 
Description: Schooner 
Tonnage: 151 & ½ tons 
Home port: Kingston 
Where Built: Jordon, County of Lincoln. 
When built 1853 
Present Master: Robert McCorquadale 
Builders name & Date of certificate: Savillon S. Little of Oshawa, June 13, 1855 
Description of vessel:– 
      Length: 98 feet & 4/10ths. 
      Breadth: 20 feet & 9/10ths. 
      Depth of hold: 9 feet
Masts Two 
Stern: Square 
Bowsprit Standing 
How Rigged: Schooner, Carvel built 
Figure-head: Scroll figure 
Decks: One, a galley in the cabin, no galleries. 
Subscribing Owners:– William Bradt, sole owner, sold to Edmund Bolley of Amherst Island, dated March 23, 1860. Sold to Joseph J. Nichol of Toronto & Soloman Sylvester also of Toronto, dated March 22, 1861. After many changes Benjamin Barney of Wolfe Island had ownership, dated March 15, 1870. 
Register Note:– This ship became a total wreck at Oswego, Friday November 22, 1878. 
      Shipping Register, Port of Kingston 
      1854 to 1867, Vol 206, P. 1115 

SWEET HOME (1853, Schooner) #

CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP #

Built at: Jordan, ON
Vessel Type: Schooner Note: Fore & aft. Hull Materials: Wood Number of Decks: 1
Builder Name: Savillon L. Little Original
Owner and Location: William Bratt, Port Dalhousie Ownership
Notes: or built by Luther Wilson.

POWER #

Number of Masts: 2

DIMENSIONS #

  • Length: 98.4′
  • Beam: 20.9′ Depth: 9′
  • Tonnage (old style): 151.5

Final Location #

Oswego, NY. Lake Ontario. Date: 22 Nov 1878 How: Broke from tow tug MOEY; drifted ashore. Notes: Or 11/29/1878.
NOTES From the Collection of: C. Patrick Labadie, David Swazye Shipwreck Database

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