The schooner Flora Emma (1872)

General

Port of Picton Registry, Number 40 :

Name: FLORA EMMAType: Schooner
Official Number: Tons: 154
Where Built: PictonPort of Registry / Hail:
Build Year: 1872Value:
Builder’s Name & Date of Certificate: Wm. Redmond, December 5th, 1872
Master’s Name: Peter Nickle
Length: 97Breadth: 23
Depth of Hold: 8Masts: Two
Stern: SquareBowsprit: Standing
How Built: CarvelHow Rigged: Scooner
Figure-head: NoneDecks: One
Subscribing Owners: Walter Ross of Picton, sold to John McClellan, James Guy, & Joseph Bround, all of Oshawa, dated December 1877.

NOTATIONS:

NOTATIONS: CARRIED TO NEW BOOK.
FROM BOOK OF TRANSACTIONS: I HAVE FROM ENQUIRIES MADE, RELIABLE INFORMATION THAT THIS VESSEL IS LOST, DESTROYED, OR BROKEN-UP. REGISTER CLOSED DECEMBER 31, 1897.
 

Picton

Schooner Flora Emma, Oswego, 16 November 1893; the tug Eliza J. Redford was also lost while trying to assist her.

See also the entry for the schooner FLORA EMMA in our ships Database.

  1. FLORA EMMA Schooner American Tonnage: 152 Built By Whom: Redman Built Where: Picton Built When: 1873 Supposed Owners: Hicks & Son Port of Hail: Picton Approx Value: $8,600 Class: A1 Date of Last Survey: 3/73 (2) Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters, Lake Vessel Register, 1873. Page 12.
  2. SAIL VESSELS: FLORA EMMA Schooner Tonnage: 152 Built By: Redman Build Where: Picton Build When: 1873 Supposed Owners: Hicks & Sons Port of Hail: Picton Value: $8,500 Class: A1 Date of Survey: 3/74 (3) Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters, The Marine Register, 1874. Page 22.
  3. Schooner: FLORA EMMA New Tonnage: 154 Where Built: Picton When Built: 1872 Built By: Redman Owners: Capt. Fox Port of Hail: Picton Value: $2,200 Class: B1 (4) Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, Canadian Hulls. 1890. Page 17.
  4. FLORA EMMA (1872 Schooner) Year of Build: 1872 Built at: Picton, Ont. Vessel Type: Schooner Stern: Square Bowsprit: Standing Hull Materials: Wood Number of Decks: 1 Builder’s Name: William Redmond Number of Masts: 2 Gross Tonnage: 154 Figure Head: None Original Owner & Location: Walter Ross, Picton, Ont. 97’ L x 23’ B x 8’ FINAL DISPOSITION & LOCATION: Oswego Harbour, NY, Lake Ontario. Date: November 16, 1893 How: Stranded Final Cargo: lumber. Notes: Blown loose of her moorings in Oswego Harbour by a gale and a blizzard. Blown along shore until fetched up on East pier and broke up. Tug ELIZA J. REDFORD lost while trying to assist her. HISTORY: Dec 5, 1872. Owned, John G., Peter F., and Wesley Hicks, South Marysburg, Ont. Apr 1, 1876 Owned, John McClennan, et al, Oshawa, Ont. July 20, 1881. Dismasted in squall off Port Britain, Ont, Repaired. Apr 13, 1886. Thomas Fox, Port Hope, Ont. Nov 1886. Ashore and damaged near South Bay, Michigan, Lake Huron. Nov 6, 1893. Stranded in storm in Oswego Harbour, NY, Lake Ontario. Maritime History of the Great Lakes online resource; C. Patrick Labadie.

Newspaper transcriptions

  1. Many references to the schooner Picton appear in C.H.J Snider's work:
    Schooner Days CCCVI (306) "Flora Emma Finds A Trousseau"
    Schooner Days, CCCVII (307) "Died in Death Grapple - Schooner and Tug"
  2. British Whig (Kingston) Dec 4, 1872 p.2 The new vessel FLORA EMMA was launched at Redmond’s shipyard at Picton for Messrs. W. Koss & Co, capacity 9,000 bushels. (Ross)
  3. Daily News (Kingston) Dec 4, 1872 p.1 The following vessels are laid up for the winter at Picton Harbour and are being dismantled. Steamers PICTON, NORFOLK. Schooners BABINEAU & GAUDRY, C. GEARING, PICTON, J.W. LANGMUIR, BELLE CASE, BELLE of Hamilton, ONTARIO. The new vessel being built at Mr. Redmond’s shipyard during the summer for W. Ross & Co. was launched on Wednesday last and christened the FLORA EMMA. She is a well-built craft and has a carrying capacity of 9,000 bushels. The schooner SARAH BOND will be put on the ways at once preparatory to being rebuilt. In addition to this it is the intention of the shipbuilders to lay the keel of another vessel which will be pushed forward without delay. (Picton Gazette).
  4. Daily News March 31, 1873 p.2 Marine News. At Picton, Mr. Redmond is completing the schooner FLORA EMMA, launched last Fall. Her capacity is 9,000 bushels. Cost is $10,000.
  5. Daily News June 11, 1873 p.1 Marine News. Jones & Miller wharf: schr FLORA EMMA, Toronto, 9,000 bushels wheat.
  6. Daily News July 15, 1873 p.2 Marine News. Port Colborne: Down. Schr FLORA EMMA, Cleveland, Toronto. Coal.
  7. Daily News June 24, 1873 p.4 Marine News. Montreal Transportation Company wharf; schr FLORA EMMA, Toronto, with 8,960 bushels of wheat.
  8. Daily News July 26, 1873 Port Colborne; July 25th. UP; schr FLORA EMMA.
  9. Daily News Aug 4, 1873 p.1 Marine News. Port Colborne, Aug 2nd. DOWN; schr FLORA EMMA, Cleveland, Toronto, coal.
  10. Daily News Sept 11, 1873 p.2 Marine News. Montreal Transportation Company wharf: FLORA EMMA, Port Dalhousie, 8828 bushels corn.
  11. Daily News Sept 29, 1873 p.2 Marine News. Montreal Transportation Company wharf: FLORA EMMA, Port Dalhousie, 8595 bushels of wheat.
  12. Daily News June 25, 1874 p.2 Marine Intelligence. Montreal Transportation Co. Schr FLORA EMMA, from Toronto with 8755 bushels of wheat.
  13. Daily News Oct 30, 1875 p.3 Marine. Port Colborne: Up; FLORA EMMA, Belleville – Buffalo, barley
  14. Daily News Nov 3, 1875 p.2 Marine Notes. Port Colborne; Nov 2nd. DOWN; schr FLORA EMMA, Buffalo – Toronto; light.
  15. Daily News May 29, 1876 p.2 Marine Notes. Port Colborne, May 27th. 7p.m. Up: FLORA EMMA, Whitby – Wheatly, (Lake Erie) light.
  16. Daily News June 6, 1876 p.3 Marine News. Schr FLORA EMMA, Wheatly to Oshawa, lumber.
  17. Daily News Sept 12, 1876 p.2 Marine News. RIVER RATS:- One or more river rats made a raid upon the schooners SPEEDWELL and FLORA EMMA the other night. The thieves stole 40lbs of corn beef, a quantity of cabbage etc. from the former vessel and cork fenders, side tackles, lines and old rope from the latter. (Oswego Advertiser).
  18. Daily News April 30, 1877 p.3 Marine Notes. Holcomb & Stewart – The arrivals here since Saturday are the FLORA EMMA from Frenchman’s Bay and Port Hope, with 4,500 bushels of peas and 4,200 bushels of wheat.
  19. Daily News June 19, 1877 p.3 Marine Notes. Port Colborne. Down; schr FLORA EMMA. Point Pelee to Oshawa, lumber.
  20. Daily News July 20, 1877 p.3 Marine News. Port Colborne: Down; schr FLORA EMMA, Romney (Lake Erie) to Oshawa, wheat.
  21. Daily News Aug 27, 1877 p.3 Marine News. Port Colborne; Aug 25th: Up. FLORA EMMA, Port Hope – Leamington, light.
  22. Daily News Aug 30, 1877 p.3 Marine News. Port Colborne: Down; schr FLORA EMMA, Pigeon Bay, (Lake Erie) to Oshawa, lumber.
  23. British Whig April 30, 1878 p.3 Marine. Arrivals: FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 9,025 bushels wheat.
  24. Daily News May 1, 1878 Marine Notes. Montreal Transportation Co wharf: Arrivals: FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 9,025 bushels wheat.
  25. British Whig May 20, 1878 p.3 Marine. Arrivals: FLORA EMMA, Montreal Transportation Co. wharf, from Frenchman’s Bay, with 8255 bushels of wheat.
  26. British Whig May 31, 1878 p.2 Marine. St. Lawrence & Chicago Company: Arrivals: FLORA EMMA, Port Darlington, 8525 bushels of wheat.
  27. Daily News April 30, 1879 p. 3 Marine News. The St. Lawrence & Chicago Forewarding Co. received 9,000 bushels of peas from Port Hope by the schooner FLORA EMMA.
  28. Daily British Whig Nov 26, 1879 Marine. There are four small grain vessels at South Bay, two of which started for Oswego with the D.M. FOSTER, but returned, the SEAGULL and FLORA EMMA.
  29. British Whig May 27, 1880 p.3 Marine News. Arrivals for the M.T. Co, schr FLORA EMMA, Port Dalhousie, 8,992 bushels, corn.
  30. Oswego Palladium Nov 1, 1880: Captain Tate of the schooner FLORA EMMA, which arrived yesterday from Whitby reports that at 6 a.m. he saw a vessel, eight miles of the Ducks, a laden fore & after bound for Oswego…. A few minutes later she had lost her main sail and a third of her main mast.
  31. British Whig June 4, 1881 p.2 Marine Notes. Departures: FLORA EMMA, light, Portsmouth.
  32. British Whig June 18, 1881 p.3 Marine Notes, LAKE FREIGHTS. FLORA EMMA with wheat from Frenchman’s Bay and Whitby to Kingston, 2-1/4 cents.
  33. Daily News June 24, 1881 p.2 Marine Notes. Capt. William Ostrander of Picton has bought a half interest in the schooner FABIOLA. He will command it. The steam yacht FLORA, of Picton has been rebuilt from the keel up and is again on the water.
  34. British Whig July 6, 1881 p.3 Marine Notes. There has not been a solitary marine accident of any consequence on the Canadian lakes so far this season. The insurance companies should grow fat on the profits they make by insuring vessels and cargoes. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 8580 bushels wheat.
  35. DISMASTED, July 16, 1881, Cleveland Herald, July 20th, 1881. Port Hope, July 16th: A squall struck the schooner FLORA EMMA, of Oshawa, while off here boating up the lake this afternoon, carrying away both masts and jibboom. The tug A. WRIGHT went to her assistance and towed her here this evening.

GENERAL NOTES

  1. Cleveland Herald July 21st. 1881 It will cost about $1,000 to repair the damage done to the schooner FLORA EMMA during the gale last Saturday near Port Hope.
  2. British Whig July 19, 1881 p.3 CHARMED LIVES. On Saturday the FLORA EMMA was on her way from Oswego to Oshawa with about 360 tons of coal on board. When she was abreast of Port Britain and working up the lake, a gust of wind struck her taking off her jib-boom and straining the hook of the block till it was almost straightened. The top masts were next to go, then the mainmast and the foremast below the trestle trees, all over the starboard side bringing down the rigging to the deck with a run. The mainsail was split in two. It was simply a marvel how crew escaped with their lives in such a crash, large spars falling over seventy feet, and bringing with them the heavy iron wire shrouds, blocks and tackles. The men were all on the deck, and yet not one received even a scratch. The damage is estimated at from $800 to $1,000; fully covered by insurance.
  3. Oswego Palladium Wed July 20, 1881. FLORA EMMA DISMASTED. The dismasting of the FLORA EMMA off Port Britain is thus described:- The squall carried out the jibboom first, then the foretopmast, followed quickly by the foremast head, the maintopmast, the mainmast head ropes, everything coming tumbling down and leaving portions of the mainmast completely bare. The jib topsail had been furled and the sailors were just hauling in the gaff topsail when the gale struck the vessel. As the wind was blowing north by north-west, the vessel drifted down the lake until the Port Hope tug went out to the rescue of the crew, when the wreck was brought into Port Hope harbour. It will cost about $1,000 to repair the damage. A complete set of new masts will have to be put in. The damage was covered by insurance.
  4. British Whig Aug 5, 1881 p.2 Marine Notes. The work on the schooner FLORA EMMA, at Port Hope, is rapidly pushed forward. The masts have been put in and the wire rigging was added yesterday. She is receiving a through overhauling. The loss of her sails will delay her getting away as soon as expected.
  5. British Whig Dec 10, 1881 p.3 VESSELS LAID-UP, CONSECON. Schooner FLORA EMMA of Picton, loaded with barley, owned in Oshawa. Picton is the sixth largest port for the registration of shipping in the Province of Ontario, the register showing forty one sailing vessels and six steamers, with a net tonnage of 5,137.
  6. British Whig March 29, 1882 p. 3 Marine News: The Port Hope fleet will be these Captains this season; Schrs -- FLORA EMMA, Samuel Phillips.
  7. British Whig May 19, 1882 p.3 Marine News. A special supplement to the Inland Lloyd’s vessel register confirmed exclusively to Canadian craft, has just been issued. The ratings are as follows: FLORA EMMA A2-1/2.
  8. British Whig Aug 1, 1882 p.3 Marine News. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Toronto, 5850 bushels wheat.
  9. British Whig Sept 8, 1882 p.2. Yacht TOURIST of Charlotte dismasted ten miles off Big Sodus, towed into Fairhaven by schooner FLORA EMMA, Capt. Phillips.
  10. British Whig Oct 23, 1882 p.3 Marine News. The schr SYLVESTER NEELON will load barley at South Bay and Picton for Chicago at 6 cents. The rate on barley from Port Hope to Oswego is 2-1/2 cents, an advance of ½ cent. The vessels trading here should demand and have the same rate. The FLORA EMMA got in on peas to Kingston from Port Hope. The captain of the schr FLORA EMMA reports that the vessel did some quick work this season. He delivered four cargoes of barley at Oswego from Port Hope in six days. The vessel’s capacity is about 8,000 bushels. Who can eclipse this service? Arrivals: Schr FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 8,000 bushels peas.
  11. British Whig May 7, 1883 Marine Arrivals. schr FLORA EMMA, Whitby, 8,031 peas.
  12. British Whig May 19, 1883 Marine News. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 8,600 bushes wheat.
  13. British Whig June 9, 1883 p.3 Marine News. The arrivals at the Montreal Transportation Company’s wharf are FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 9,000 bushels peas.
  14. British Whig June 21, 1883 p.3 Marine News. The arrivals at the K & M Forwarding Company wharf are…. FLORA EMMA, Toronto, 8,300 bushels peas.
  15. Toronto Globe & Mail, Sat May 2, 1885 p.14 Navigation. Vessel Movements. Whitby, May 1st. Arrived; FLORA EMMA, Oshawa.
  16. Globe & Mail Wednesday May 27, 1885. Oswego Arrivals; May 26th. Schr FLORA EMMA, Whitby.
  17. Globe & Mail Friday May 29, 1885 Vessel Movements. Oswego Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oshawa, coal.
  18. Globe & Mail Wednesday June 3, 1885 Vessel Movements. Oswego Arrivals June 2nd; schooner FLORA EMMA, Whitby
  19. Globe & Mail Thursday June 4, 1885 Vessel Movements. Oswego June 3rd Cleared: schr FLORA EMMA, Oshawa
  20. Daily News Aug 10, 1885 p.4. MT Co. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Port Hope, 7265 bushels peas.
  21. British Whig April 24, 1886 p.2 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Whitby, grain.
  22. British Whig May 10, 1886 p.3 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Charlotte, 259 tons of coal.
  23. British Whig May 12, 1886 p.3 Marine Intelligence. Mr. Joseph Swift has contracted to ship from here to Oswego 800,000 feet of lumber, which is expected to arrive in barges from Ottawa. The schooners chartered to carry the lumber across the lake are the DELAWARE, FLORA EMMA, ANNIE FOSTER, JULIA, ACACIA, and SEAGULL.
  24. British Whig May 19, 1886 p.3 Marine Intelligence. Cleared: FLORA EMMA, Oswego, 130,179 feet of lumber.
  25. British Whig June 4, 1886 p. 3 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, 126 tons coal.
  26. British Whig June 7, 1886 p.3 Marine Intelligence. Cleared: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  27. British Whig June 8, 1886 p.3 Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, 266 tons of coal.
  28. British Whig Dec 4, 1886 p.8 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA is in port from Fairhaven with 215 tons of coal.
  29. British Whig April 18, 1887 p.8 Marine Paragraphs. The schr FLORA EMMA, Capt. Fox, of Port Hope has received extensive repairs.
  30. British Whig April 26,1887 p. 8 Marine Paragraphs. The schooner FLORA EMMA went down the river yesterday.
  31. British Whig June 11, 1887 p.8 Marine Intelligence. The schooner FLORA EMMA, from Oshawa is unloading screenings from Crawford.
  32. British Whig April 10, 1890 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schooners TRADE WIND and FLORA EMMA are loading ice at Dead Man’s Bay (Kingston), for the Rathbun company. The ice will be taken to Charlotte.
  33. British Whig May 13, 1890 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA, from Oswego is unloading coal at Brockville. She is chartered to take a cargo of rye back.
  34. Daily British Whig March 11, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schooner FLORA EMMA is getting very large repairs consisting of new decks and deck beams, rails, stanchions, knight heads, bowsprit and jibboom.
  35. British Whig April 6, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Commander of the FLORA EMMA; Capt. Henning.
  36. British Whig May 14, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schooner FLORA EMMA is loading coal for Swift & Co. at Oswego.
  37. British Whig May 18, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  38. British Whig May 20, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  39. British Whig May 21, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  40. British Whig May 26, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. An exciting race occurred yesterday morning between the schooners B.W. FOLGER from Oswego, and FLORA EMMA and ACACIA from Sodus Point. They were nearly abreast at Nine Mile Point and after a hotly contested race they arrived at Swift’s dock almost together. Arrivals: B.W. FOLGER, Oswego, coal. FLORA EMMA, ACACIA, Sodus Point, light.
  41. British Whig May 27, 1891 p.1 General Paragraphs. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  42. British Whig May 30, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: Schooners B.W. FOLGER and FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal
  43. British Whig June 1, 1891 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  44. British Whig June 2, 1891 p.1 General Paragraphs. The schr FLORA EMMA arrived from Sodus Point with coal this afternoon.
  45. British Whig June 6, 1891 p.1 Marine Paragraphs. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  46. British Whig June 9, 1891 p.1 General Paragraphs. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  47. British Whig June 12, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  48. British Whig June 16, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: sschr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  49. British Whig June 19, 1891 p. 1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Picton, light.
  50. British Whig June 22, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal
  51. British Whig June 25, 1891 p.1 General Paragraphs: Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  52. British Whig June 29, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals. Schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  53. British Whig July 1, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schrs B.W. FOLGER, FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  54. British Whig July 4, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA arrived at the penitentiary dock today with coal from Sodus Point.
  55. British Whig July 6, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. General Paragraphs. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal.
  56. British Whig July 7, 1891 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schooner FLORA EMMA, with coal from Sodus Point arrived at the Penitentiary dock last night.
  57. British Whig Oct 17, 1892 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Burlington, 7,300 bushels of white wheat.
  58. British Whig Oct 18, 1892 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, bay ports.
  59. British Whig Nov 8, 1892 p.1 Marine Intelligence. FLORA EMMA, weather-bound in this port.
  60. British Whig March 20, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. These are the captains of vessels at Lake Ontario ports: Schooners, FLORA EMMA, Thos. Fox, Picton: S & J COLLIER, Joseph Phelps, Picton: SPEEDWELL, George Phelp(s), Picton: FABIOLA, P. Ostrander, Picton.
  61. British Whig May 10, 1893 p.1 General Paragraphs. The schr FLORA EMMA with a cargo of coal for S. Anglin.
  62. British Whig May 12, 1893 p.1 Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, light.
  63. British Whig May 15, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal.
  64. British Whig May 22, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, light.
  65. British Whig May 25, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal.
  66. British Whig May 27, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schrs FABIOLA and FLORA EMMA, Oswego, light.
  67. British Whig May 29, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal.
  68. British Whig May 30, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, light.
  69. British Whig June 1, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, coal.
  70. British Whig June 2, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Last week the schr FLORA EMMA made the round trip from Kingston to Oswego in thirty hours. The distance is reported by the captain to be 120 miles.
  71. British Whig June 9, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, lumber.
  72. British Whig June 13, 1893 p.1 Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Oswego, light.
  73. British Whig June 20, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. General Paragraphs: In two months the schr FLORA EMMA carried thirteen cargoes between the Canadian and American shore. She cleared tonight for Oswego to load coal for Swift.
  74. British Whig June 21, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA has made about twenty trips from Oswego and Charlotte already this season. She is now in from Sodus with coal.
  75. British Whig June 26, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point.
  76. British Whig June 29, 1893 p.1 General Paragraphs. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point.
  77. British Whig July 3, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schr FLORA EMMA, Charlotte, light.
  78. British Whig July 6, 1893 p.4 Marine Paragraphs. Capt. Fox says the schr FLORA EMMA can make the round trip between Kingston and Oswego faster than any schooner that sails out of Kingston.
  79. British Whig July 10, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: schfr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, light.
  80. British Whig July13 1893 p.1 General Paragraphs. The schooner FLORA EMMA will clear today for Sodus Point to load coal for Kingston.
  81. British Whig July 14, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA is the last of the fleet detained at Swift’s dock awaiting to be unloaded.
  82. British Whig July 17, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Sodus Point, coal.
  83. British Whig July 19, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. During an interview with Capt. Fox, owner of the schooner FLORA EMMA, he said he was a resident of Port Hope, where he owned property. If he could get what he paid for it, he would move to Kingston for he thinks it’s a healthy place to live. He has followed the water forty- four years and has been thirty years a captain. He says the marine business is not what it used to be. When he started sailing, the owners of vessels were able to get rich in a comparatively short time. Twenty years ago the freight prices were double what they are now. They used to get 65 to 75 cents per ton for carrying coal and now it is reduced to 30 cents. The consequence is vessels have to go half-manned and money is not circulated as freely by mariners as in olden days. The freight on coal between Oswego and Kingston should be at least 40 cents. Then the masters of vessels could keep a full crew and lay by money. There is not much prospect in getting this price advance except when the season gets late and the coal has to be got over at any price.
  84. British Whig July 22, 1893 p1. Paragraphs Picked Up About the Wharves. Clearances: Schr FLORA EMMA, Charlotte, coal. The schooner FLORA EMMA has cleared for Charlotte to load coal for Swift & Co.
  85. British Whig July 26, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Arrivals: schr FLORA EMMA, Charlotte, coal.
  86. British Whig July 27, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Capt. T. Fox, of the schooner FLORA EMMA says the present has been the best season he has ever had trading here. The schooner has carried sixteen loads already this year, one of lumber and fifteen of coal. The prospects are not very promising for the balance of the season, however. The coal sheds at Kingston are now all filled and vessels will have to find other ports. With the exception of a few loads of screenings there is nothing more to come here. The screenings are scarce and will not be secured before next month. Capt. Fox unloaded four times and two weeks and two days out of which he laid over the Queen’s birthday. The captain is a true British subject and will not work on her Majesty’s birthday.
  87. British Whig July 28, 1893 Marine Intelligence. The schr FLORA EMMA, Capt. Fox, cleared light for Port Hope last evening. She has no charters ahead and will be repaired.
  88. British Whig Aug 9, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Clearances: FLORA EMMA, Port Hope.
  89. Buffalo Enquirer, November 16, 1893 Oswego, Nov 16th: The schooner FLORA EMMA, Capt. Thomas Fox, of Port Hope, Ont, with 144,000 feet of lumber, broke from her moorings in the outer harbour during the terrible gale last night and went ashore near the shore end of the east breakwater. The crew were rescued by the lifesavers. The tug ELZA J. REDFORD went out into the storm to save a vessel. She laboured heavily, burst a steam pipe and drifted helplessly ashore alongside the schooner. Capt. Featherstonhaugh of the tug was washed overboard and drowned. Both tug and vessel are a total loss.
  90. British Whig. November 16, 1893. DISASTER at OSWEGO Mariners at this port were indeed sorry to hear of the FLORA EMMA disaster. Capt. Fox was as well known in Kingston as in his own town of Port Hope and everyone has a good word for him. The EMMA was built in Picton in 1872 by a man named Redmond. She is a two- master fore and after and has a registered tonnage in the custom house of 151 tons. She will carry nigh 300 tons of coal, however. The vessel was in size, similar to the schr FLEETWING. She has been trading for Swift & Co. all summer. Her cargo of lumber was no doubt from Deseronto. The gale must have been furious at Oswego. Mariners had a fear here and watchmen were at their posts during the entire night. The captain of the tug REDFORD is well-known to mariners trading with that port. He was a whole-souled man.
  91. British Whig Nov 18, 1893 p.4 Marine Intelligence. Capt. Fox, by the loss of the schooner FLORA EMMA is almost penniless. With the vessel, manned entirely by members of his family, he made his living. He has no insurance. A subscription has been started in Oswego to help him out.
  92. British Whig Nov 21, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The schooner FLORA EMMA, wrecked at Oswego, is fast breaking up in the heavy seas.
  93. British Whig Nov 22, 1893 p.1 Marine Intelligence. The Standard Oil Company contributed $500 towards the fund being raised in Oswego for Capt. Fox of the wrecked schooner FLORA EMMA.
  94. Daily British Whig April 2, 1894 p.1 Marine Intelligence. Capt. Fox, who for so many years was in the schooner FLORA EMMA is negotiating for a half-interest in the schooner F.H. BURTON, now lying at Port Hope.
  95. British Whig Nov 15, p.2 1905 A SAD REMEMBERANCE. November 15th, is the twelfth anniversary of the wreck of the schooner FLORA EMMA and the tug ELIZA J. REDFORD in which disaster Captain Featherstonhaugh lost his life.

References and source notes

(various) Many of the contemporary newspaper cuttings can be found at Maritime History of the Great Lakes, Newspaper Transcriptons
(10) C.H.J. Snider Schooner Days index, Naval Marine Archive.

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The research and preparation of these data sheets was carried out by K.C. We extend our thanks to him.

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