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The schooner W.R. Taylor (1877)


Port of Picton Registry, Number 1 of 1877

Name: W.R. TAYLORType: Schooner
Official Number: 72964Register Tons: 322
Where Built: South MarysburghPort of Registry / Hail: Picton
Build Year: 30 April 1877Value:
Builder’s Name & Date of Certification: John Dickson, 31 May 1877
Master’s Name: William SimmonsSubscribing Owners: Charles Stewart Wilson of Picton
Length: 131.25 FeetBreadth: 25.17 Feet
Depth of Hold: 12.5 FeetMasts: 3
Stern: SquareBowsprit:
How Built: CarvelHow Rigged: Schooner
Figure-head: NoneDecks: One
Schooner W.R. Taylor
The schooner W.R. TAYLOR, by Barbara Carson


  1. Mortgage of 32 shares to William Leslie Jr. of Kingston was extinguished 2 June 1877. [Note this is just 2 days after initial registration.]
  2. Sold to Stuart H. Dunn of Kingston, dated 1 July 1885.
  3. Renamed 20 April 1889 STUART H. DUNN

See also the entry for the schooner W.R. Taylor in our ships Database.

  1. A desription, on a print of the image shown here, states: The Lake Ontario schooner "W. R. Taylor’ was built in 1877 at Port Milford in the Township of South Marysburgh, Prince Edward County. Although built for the timber trade, she also carried coal or grain. In 1889 she ran ashore in Lake Michigan, but was salvaged, repaired, and altered to increase her capacity; she was also fitted with square loading ports in the stern for loading oak timbers. These were hauled on board by a newly installed donkey engine, the boiler of which can be seen in the drawing. In 1892 she was owned by the Dunn family of Kingston, who changed her name to "Stuart H. Dunn". At one time her second mate was C.H.J. Snider, who later became the best known marine historian of the Great Lakes. This sketch by Barbara Carson shows her being towed out of Toronto harbour by the tug "Nellie Bly"; Toronto port regulations required ships to be towed whether the wind was favourable or not.

Newspaper transcriptions

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  2. References to the schooner W.R. Taylor appear in C.H.J Snider's work:
    "Schooner Days" DCCLXXXVII (787); A Prince Of Prince Edward, 15 Mar 1947

References and source notes

(6) C.H.J. Snider Schooner Days index, Naval Marine Archive.

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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