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The schooner Frontenac (1854)


Port of Picton Registry, Number 5 :

Name: FRONTENACType: Schooner
Official Number: Tons: 158
Where Built: Amherst IslandWhere she belongs: Picton
Build Year: 1854Value:
Builders name & date of certificate: David Tait, Oct. 5, 1862
Master’s Name: John Knight
Length: 115feetBreadth: 19 feet & 5/10ths.
Depth of Hold: 7 feetMasts: Two
Stern: SquareBowsprit: square [sic]
How Built: CarvelHow Rigged: Fore & Aft
Figure-head: NoneDecks: One
Subscribing Owners: John Knight & Geo. Martin both of Marysburg and Mariners, joint owners.


Registers signature & date : 1874



See also the entry for the schooner Frontenac in our ships Database.

  1. Sold to William Jeffery of Toronto dated May Ist.1865
  2. 1860 Owned J. D. Morton, Kingston, ONT.
    1863, Oct 15 Owned Robert & William, Hethington, Port Union, ONT.
    1864 Onwed J. D. Morton, Kingston.
    1865, May 1 Owned William Jeffery, Toronto.
    1865, Sep 30 Wrecked Port Burwell, Lake Erie; owned J. D. Morton, Kingston.
  3. Final disposition, Port Burwell, Lake Erie, Ontario, 30 September 1865; struck a pier and broke up. Final cargo: lumber.

Newspaper transcriptions

  1. Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1854 : Launch - By a letter from a friend on Amherst Island, we learn that a splendid schooner of nearly 200 tons, built in Mr. Tait's ship yard there for James Morton, Esq., of this city, was launched on the 4th inst., at 5 p.m., in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. The new vessel was duly named the Frontenac. Another schooner is on the stocks in Mr. Tait's yard for Mr. Morton. These vessels are to be employed in the lumber trade.
  2. Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1854 : Launch - of schooner Frontenac by Tait at Amherst Island for Morton; also has another on stocks for Mr. Morton.
  3. Detroit Free Press, October 5, 1865 : We learn from our Port Burwell correspondent that on the 30th last the schr. FRONTENAC was attempting to enter that harbor she struck east of that pier, stove in her bows and went to pieces shortly therafter. She was bound for Toronto with a cargo of lumber. There was no insurance on hull or cargo.

References and source notes

(1, 4) Ken Chrichton from registry entries
(2) Naval Marine Archive, Willis Metcalfe fonds
(3) C. Patrick Labadie, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
(5-7) Maritime History of the Great Lakes (Walter Lewis)

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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