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The schooner Belle Case (1864)

1. General

Port of Picton Registry, Number 12

Name: BELLE CASEType: Schooner
Official Number: Tons: (old style) 37
Tons (gross): Tons (net):
Where Built: MarysburgPort of Registry / Hail: Picton
Build Year: 1864Value:
Builder’s Name & Date of Certification: Daniel McKenzie, August 5, 1864
Master’s Name: C. CaseSubscribing Owners: Harmon Case & Andrew Minaker
Length; 63 feet Breadth; 13 feet
Depth of Hold: 5 feetMasts:Two
Stern: SquareBowsprit: Standing
How Built: CarvelHow Rigged: Fore & Aft Schooner
Figure-head: NoneDecks: One



Schooner Belle Case, ex-Tom Thumb
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See also the entry for the schooner Belle Case in our ships Database.

  1. Note: Built on the bottome of the TOM THUMB. [database entry avaialble here.]
  2. Scow schooner TOM THUMB. [C] Of 30 tons. Built at Amherst Island in 1852. Owned by Mivatur & Co. Home port, South Bay. Class Æ in hull, Æ in stores. Value £300. Present master, Davis. Register of British Shipping Inland Waters, 1854
  3. Subscribing Owners: Karmon Case & Andrew Minaker, sold to John J. Watson of Adolphustown, N.Y. [sic], dated May 6, 1872.
  4. I have from inquiries made, reliable information that this vessel is lost, destroyed, or broken up. Register noted and closed Dec 31, 1897.
  5. Schooner BELLE CASE [C]. Of 40 tons. Built at South Bay in 1864 by D. Tait. Owned by Case & Minaker. Home port, Milford. Value $1,200. Class, B 1. REMARKS. -- Bottom and outfit of TOM THUMB. Board of Lake Underwriters Lake vessel Register, 1866.
  6. Schooner BELLE CASE. [C] Of 37 tons. Built at South Bay in 1864 by D. Tait. REMARKS. -- Bottom of TOM THUMB. National Board of Lake Underwriters Lake Vessel Classification for 1875.


1864 : owned by Harmon Case and Andrew Minaker, Picton, Ontario
1866, April 25 : owned by W. Ross and P. Clarke.
1867, February 16 : owned by W. Ross and Hiram Wellbank.
1867, Aug 17 : owned by Wellbank and William Lobb.
1871, Apr 1 : owned by John T. Watson, Adolphustown, Ontario
1876 : owned by Aikens, Milford, Ontario
1879 : 60 tons.
1897, December 31 : Registry closed.

Newspaper and other transcriptions

  1. Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1864 p.3 Imports - 28th : Schr Belle Case, Oswego - J. Hendry & Co., 300 bbls.
  2. Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 3, 1866 Vessels laid up in Canadian ports : South Bay - Schooners Almina, Almeda, Burlington, Belle Case, Hibernia, Maggie, Mail, Royal Oak, Plough Boy, British Queen, Jessie Brown, Caroline, Phoebe Catherine, Gold Hunter, Industry, Meteor, Ontario.
  3. Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 24, 1869 James H. Henderson & Co's wharf - The bark British Lion, from Milwaukee, with 18,000 bush wheat, arrived last night. The sch Belle Case, with wheat, from the Bay of Quinte, also arrived last night. The barges Thrush and Lark, with combined cargoes of 35,000 bush wheat and 400 bbls flour, will leave for Montreal tonight.
  4. Daily News, (Kingston ) October 19, 1870 A telegram from Picton this afternoon states that the schooners Plough Boy and Belle Case are ashore on Wapoose [sic] Island. The schooner Marie, lying at anchor in South Bay, dragged and went ashore. A big vessel, name unknown, is ashore on Timber Island. There are two vessels, names unknown, ashore on the False Ducks; one of them has the appearance of a steamer.
  5. Statement of Wreck and Casualties during the year of 1870, Dept. of Marine & Fisheries. Sessional Papers, (No. 5A) 1871 Schooner BELLE CASE, of Montreal [sic], 60 tons, and classed as B1, valued at $1,300. While bound from Port Milford to Oswego, collided and sunk at Wapoose Island (Lake Huron) [sic. Waupoos Island, Prince Edward County, Ontario] October 1870. Value of loss placed at $1,300. No lives were lost.
  6. Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 4, 1872 p.1 The following vessels are laid up for the winter at Picton harbor, and are being dismantled: steamers Picton and Norfolk; schooners Babineau & Gaudry, C. Gearing, Picton, J.W. Langmuir, Belle Case, Belle of Hamilton and Ontario.
  7. British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1880 The following vessels, frozen in at Belleville, will lay up there for the winter: the Mary Foster, John Wesley, Belle Case, and probably the D. Freeman. The two latter were loaded, the former with lumber for Picton, and the latter with barley for Oswego.
  8. References and source notes

    (8-14) Many of the contemporary newspaper cuttings can be found at Maritime History of the Great Lakes, Newspaper Transcriptons

Picton built ships

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

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