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Schooner Fleetwing

Artist: Huntington

 
 
Schooner Fleetwing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 25, 2019
1. Schooner Fleetwing Marker
Inscription.  The Fleetwing was built in 1863, in Wilson Harbor by Alexander McNutt for owners John V. Pease, Benjamin Dearborn and Orrin Quick. Registered in Brighton, Ontario, she measured 89 feet by 19 feet and weighed roughly 20 tons. In 1864, the Fleetwing set sail with Orrin Quick as its captain. Quick was in command during an early voyage when the Fleetwing capsized off Wilson Harbor, claiming the lives of Quick's wife, daughter, and the ship's cook. The ship was righted, enlarged to 110 feet by 24 feet and registered roughly 200 tons. With the new captain, Malcolm Shaw, the ship continued its mission of carrying coal, lumber, and grains to ports along the Great Lakes. She also hauled crib stone for the new Eastern Gap in Toronto Harbor, in 1891. Additional accidents only proved her mettle; however, after many years of service, the life of the tired Fleetwing came to an end. In 1906, with much water in her hold and a very frightened green crew, the Fleetwing sunk near Port Milford, Ontario. Wilson salutes the Fleetwing as an example of Wilson's fine, sailing history.
 
Location. 43° 18.553′ 
Schooner Fleetwing Model & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 25, 2019
2. Schooner Fleetwing Model & Marker
View is southward.
N, 78° 49.555′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Street (New York State Route 425) and Young Street, on the right when traveling north on Lake Street. Marker is at The Wilson House Inn, at the southwest corner of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Lake Street, Wilson NY 14172, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lake Street and Young Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First School House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pettit Street and Chestnut Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson Collegiate Institute 1845 (about 700 feet away); Tabor Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Log House Built in 1818 by Reuben Wilson (approx. mile away); Corner of Pettit and Bay Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWaterways & Vessels
 
Schooner Fleetwing Model & Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 25, 2019
3. Schooner Fleetwing Model & Back of Marker
Schooner Fleetwing Model & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 25, 2019
4. Schooner Fleetwing Model & Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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