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The schooner H.J. Jones (1848 / 1862)

1. General

Port of Picton Registry, Number 6 of 1862 (page 22)

Name: H. J. JONESType: Schooner
Official Number: 71207Tons: 74
Where Built: Port Rowan (rebuilt Kingston)Port of Registry / Hail: Picton
Build Year: 1848Rebuilt: 1862 (Kingston
Builder’s Name & Date of Certification:
Master’s Name: R. WrightSubscribing Owners:
Length: 77 feet and 6 tenthsBreadth: 18 feet
Depth of Hold: 7 feetMasts: Two
Stern: SquareBowsprit: Standing
How Built: CarvelHow Rigged: Fore & Aft Schooner
Figure-head: NoneDecks: One
Subscribing owners: Reuben Wright & Andrew Davison





See also the entry for the schooner H.J. Jones in our ships Database.


  1. Subscribing Owners: The Registry shows many part owners, all in Prince Edward County, including (1872-73) the Doanes (father/son?) who defaulted on their mortgages to a Bailiff (Stephen Garrett) and Barrister (Samuel B. Burdette) in Belleville. Finally, H.B. Rathbun & Son of Mill Point became owners dated September 9, 1874.

Newspaper transcriptions

  1. The Democracy, Buffalo Tuesday, December 5, 1854 : The following marine items we received by Telegraph last evening, from Cleveland.---The schooner H.J. JONES, Capt. Mitchell, went ashore at Grand River on Sunday night. The crew were all lost.
  2. The Democracy, Buffalo Thursday, December 7, 1854 : It is with pleasure that we correct the report Telegraphed from Cleveland, of the loss of the schooner H.J.JONES, and all her crew. That little vessel has reached Port Dover in safety, and has gone into winter quarters.
  3. Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 25, 1863 : Drowned - On Thursday night last as the schooner H.J. Jones, Capt. O'Mara, from Oswego, was coming up the Bay, bound for this port, one of the hands, named Higgins, fell overboard and was drowned. It appears the unfortunate man was fixing the sails in order to change the vessel's course, when a gust of wind struck the sheet which he had hold of with such force as to throw him overboard. A boat was immediately lowered and every effort made to save the drowning man, but the night being stormy he soon became exhausted and sank when the boat was within a short distance of him. [Napanee Standard]
  4. Buffalo Commercial Advertiser Wed. Jan. 20, 1864 : Schooner H.J. JONES, lost a man overboard in the Bay of Quinte.
  5. Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1864 : Sale Of The Schooner H.J. Jones - The schooner H.J. Jones was sold at auction yesterday by James Linton, and knocked down to Mr. James Richardson for 375 pounds [$1,052, same newspaper, different page.] The H.J. Jones is 99 tons burthen, classed as B-1, and has a capacity for carrying 5,000 bushels.

References and source notes

(3 - 7) 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 these data sheets was carried out by K.C. We extend our thanks to him.

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