H.C.M.S. Manitoulin   Ships and Shipwrecks of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes

Collingwood & Georgian Bay Line, Royal Line
S S Pacific ~ 928 tons ~ Captain P. M. Campbell
S S Atlantic ~ 740 tons ~ Captain Robt. Foote
S S Northern Belle ~ 500 tons ~ Capt. J. Basset
Manitoulin Expositor, May 24, 1884

Michael’s Bay on the beginning of this week had every appearance of a sea port town, there being no less than six of the largest lake going sailing vessels in there waiting for cargoes of ties, posts, poles, and lumber. The names of the vessels were the Erie Belle, of Sarnia; Holstead, Pewaukee, Newsboy, and Wankeshaw, of Chicago; and Jessie Scarth, of Toronto. The first of them was loaded with 300,000 feet of lumber, the Pewaukee with 7,500 posts and started for their destination. Manitoulin Expositor, May 24, 1884

A curious case will soon be tried in a Cincinnati Court. Among those who perished when the steamer Asia went down on Lake Huron in September ‘82 were Wm. H. WOODS and his wife. It is not known which of the two died first, and on the determination of this question depends the disposition of a large sum of money. There were only two survivors of that disaster, and neither of them can throw any light on this subject. It will therefore be determined by the probabilities, based on age, sex, physical qualities, state of health, ability to swim, etc. It will be decided by a jury on the evidence submitted–Globe. Manitoulin Expositor, June 7, 1884

A beacon has been placed on Bernard Rock, lying in the pathway of steamers passing outside Killarney channel. Commander BOULTON is making a thorough survey of the bottom of Georgian Bay, a work which will occupy in the neighbourhood of five years, and which, when completed will be worth millions of dollars. (Pioneer Clippings) Manitoulin Expositor, June 14, 1884

The tug employed in the survey of the Georgian Bay has had her named changed to the Bayfield, in honor of Admiral BAYFIELD, who surveyed the same waters some 70 years ago. Manitoulin Expositor, June 14, 1884

Captain Taylor, formerly of the Northern Belle, is now sailing the Isaac May. Manitoulin Expositor, June 14, 1884

The Quebec, of the Sarnia line, had a novel experience while going up Lake Superior recently. She was facing a moderate wind when all at once the captain discovered ahead what looked like a bank of fog extending in either direction as far as the eye could reach; the appearance of it alarmed him so that he rushed into the wheel-house to assist in the heading the Quebec directly into it. It was a wall of water as high as the promenade deck of the steamer and so steep that the vessel had no time to rise to it but simply ploughed right through. The volume of water was so great as to as to crush in the forward deck and the captain believes that it was owing to the force of the wave being thus spent that the steamer’s cabin was not carried away. Capt. SYMES thinks it was a tidal wave. Manitoulin Expositor, June 21, 1884

The stmr. Alexandria struck a rock while running the Lachine Rapids recently. The water flowed in so rapidly that her fires were drowned out by the time she got out of the current. Fortunately she floated on a reef and all her passengers and crew were rescued. Manitoulin Expositor, June 28, 1884

The Athabasca and Algoma narrowly escaped having a collision in the middle of Lake Superior one night this week. The mate of the latter was on watch and it appears that he misunderstood the formers signals and had it not been for Captain FOOTE suddenly reversing his engines, he would have gone right through the Algoma; as it was his vessel grazed the other’s stern. Manitoulin Expositor, June 28, 1884

The Algoma, of the C.P.R. line of steamers, caused considerable alarm last week by lying out four days in a fog. The Pacific, of the G.N.T.Co’s line came through the same fog without losing an hour. (Messenger) Manitoulin Expositor, July 5, 1884

The Quebec ran foul of Plummer’s dock a week ago yesterday and tore up some 20 feet of timber and plank. Manitoulin Expositor, July 26, 1884

The C.P.R. Co. are learning the truth of the old adage that misfortunes never come singly. It is only a short time since our columns contained the announcement that the Alberta had been seriously damaged by colliding with an American barge and now the report comes that a week ago Friday the same vessel, on her first trip since her previous accident, cut in two and sank the American iron ore barge Tecumseth. The accident occurred two miles from Whitefish Point, in Lake Superior. Five lives were lost, three from the barge and two from the Alberta; one of the Alberta’s crew lost his life in trying to save others and the other was thrown overboard by the force of the collision. The collision occurred during a dense fog and is said to have been due to the fact that neither vessel kept her whistle sounding properly. The Alberta was lying at the Sault with one compartment full of water when the Atlantic left. It is rumored that Capt. ANDERSON has resigned. Manitoulin Expositor, August 2, 1884

Lieut. BOLTON, of the R.N., who is now in command of the Government tug Bayfield, at present engaged on the Georgian Bay survey, arrived off Gore Bay on Tuesday evening and anchored, where we understand it is his intention to remain until he has completed his soundings. (Guide) Manitoulin Expositor, August 9, 1884

The steamer Alberta, of the C.P.R. line from Owen Sound to Port Arthur, was yesterday libelled by the owners of the steam barge John M. Osburne, which she ran down and sunk, nine members of the crew and the owners of the cargo 1,120 tons of iron ore, in the United States District Court, the damages claimed being $91,237.50. In the particulars it is set forth that about 9 p.m. July the 20th, the Osborne was going at a slow speed and continuously sounding fog whistles, while the Alberta sounded for signals at long intervals and was running at such a speed that when first sighted it was impossible for the Osborne to avoid being struck. Manitoulin Expositor, Aug. 16, 1884

It is estimated that it will cost twelve thousand dollars to repair the damage caused the Alberta by the late collision. Manitoulin Expositor, August 23, 1884

The barge Georgian, which was ashore off Indian Dock, has arrived at Owen Sound. The schr. Shandon sank of Cabot’s Head a week ago Wednesday night; crew saved. The schr. Golden West was driven ashore near Cove Island the same night: not lives lost. The steam barge Fortune, which was in here last fall, ran ashore near Port Rowan last week. All hands saved. Manitoulin Expositor, November 1, 1884

Manitowaning harbour was rendered quite lively Wednesday night by the presence of three steamers, the Atlantic, Spartan and Africa. They remained all night. Manitoulin Expositor, November 8, 1884

The Francis Smith got on off Indian dock this week. She fetched up at the same place as the Georgian did a short time ago. The Ann Long pulled her off and she continued her journey. Manitoulin Expositor, November 8, 1884

The Pacific arrived up Thursday morning after an exceptionally rough trip. Notwithstanding that this has been a very stormy season this is the first time this favorite steamer has been over two hours late in reaching Manitowaning on the up trip. Capt. CAMPBELL has the daisy boat and he knows when to put her out and when to take shelter. Manitoulin Expositor, November 8, 1884

The Africa landed the most thoroughly scared lot of passengers on Sunday that we have seen for some time. This ancient craft had three car loads of dynamite aboard and when near Lonely Island an accident caused the engine to stop when the vessel fell into the trough of the sea. The matters did get interesting. The ship was rolling frightfully and the passengers scarce knew which to dread most, the probability of being blown up or the prospect of getting drowned.
However, the crew got the machinery patched up in a short time and the vessel proceeded quietly on her ay; but passengers were never more pleased to escape from a steamer than were those who left the Africa at this port. Manitoulin Expositor, November 15, 1884

The Atlantic called Thursday afternoon on her way down for the last time this season. We cannot allow this opportunity to pass without saying a word of the warmest recommendation for her skilful young captain and efficient crew.
Although this is Capt. FOOTE’s first season as master he has been singularly fortunate, never losing a trip or being under the necessity of going on dry dock; a good fortune, by the way which is mainly due to skill and attention to duty. The purser and steward have also have also won golden opinions by their unfailing courtesy, kindness and consideration towards the travelling public. We sincerely wish long life and prosperity to the Atlantic’s crew and trust we may see them all again when the frosts of winter have disappeared before the beneficent rays of Old Sol. Manitoulin Expositor, November 15, 1884

No steamer yet has yet so nearly filled the old Queen’s place on this route as has the Pacific this summer. A fine staunch boat, magnificently furnished, efficiently manned and almost invariably on time, it is no wonder that she is popular. Her officers are now so well known as to make any reference to them now well night superfluous. Anyone who has ever travelled on these northern waters knows Capt. CAMPBELL as a thorough seaman whose professional knowledge and duties do not prevent him from filling in an admirable manner the position of host as well; and this model captain is ably seconded by his officers.
There is the first mate PLAYER to whom cool-headedness as wheelsman of the burning Manitoulin numbers of people owe their lives; first engineer LOCKERBIE, whose thorough professional knowledge and cool courage form a bulwark of strength in hours of danger; Purser STOREY, to whom no trouble, having for its aim the accommodation of the public, is too great; and Steward “Dick” who, in conjunction with his efficient staff of waiters, always so amply provides for the bodily comforts of its passengers. Truly a magnificent vessel and a model crew! May we see them all again in the spring is the wish of everyone. Manitoulin Expositor, November 22, 1884

The Pacific called Monday night on her last down trip for the season. She had fully as heavy a load as on her up trip. The Captain is deserving of severe censure for brining his vessel in at such a beastly hour and thus preventing the usual friendly send-off. However, he will be forgiven if he only gets here before May next year. Manitoulin Expositor, November 29, 1884


The following is a record of the departure of last boats from Manitowaning during the past six years:

1879 Nov. 29 Queen
1880 Nov. 29 Emerald
1881 Nov. 27 Emer. & Manitoulin
1882 Nov. 26 Africa
1883 Nov. 25 Pacific & Atlantic
1884 Nov. 27 Magnet


Notes: The Campana passed through Little Current on her last trip down Sunday. The Africa and Magnet left Little Current together Wednesday, the former to wait at Killarney for the latter.
The City of Owen Sound, last of the Collingwood boats, had not arrived at Little Current up to noon Thursday.
Manitoulin Expositor, November 29, 1884

The steam barge Tecumseth, which brought up the Michael’s Bay Lumber Co’s goods drifted ashore at Michael’s Bay Sunday. One of the crew went below per Pacific with dispatches for the owners and the captain is now at the Bay awaiting instructions. The barge is not at all injured. She is insured for $25,000. Manitoulin Expositor, November 29, 1884

The steam barge Tecumseth, recently ashore at Michael’s Bay, has been released. The tug International attempted to get her off a week ago Monday and failed, but on Friday of last week the Blazer took her off without difficulty. The barge was uninjured. Manitoulin Expositor, December 18, 1884

The villagers were gladdened on Saturday last by the shrill notes of the Ann Long’s whistle coming out of the dense fog which hung over the Bay, and shortly afterwards the tug herself tied up to the dock. She had come from Killarney for supplies and left next day. Manitoulin Expositor, December 13, 1884

Since the sinking of the Abigail with the salt aboard last week, our Hotel men have been obliged to dish their liquor up straight, as the briny flavor might be detected. The sinking of the schooner Abigail while lying at Woodward’s dock last week, was caused by a muskrat gnawing a hole through the boat’s centrebox. Manitoulin Expositor, December 13, 1884

We learn by the outside papers that the Pacific experienced very heavy weather on her last trip down. It is feared that the City of Owen Sound is a total wreck at Michipicoten. Capt. Neil CAMPBELL is master. Manitoulin Expositor, December 20, 1884

The str. Steinhoff came down last night from Michipicoton where she was aground for three days, having to work her own salvation in getting off. She leaves again today for the same port. Manitoulin Expositor, December 20, 1884

The steam barge Lothair and schr. Corisande passed Providence Bay on the 7th. They reached Owen Sound all right where they have laid up for the winter. Manitoulin Expositor, December 27, 1884

Judgment was rendered in this case at Detroit on Monday last. The Judge ruled that both vessels wee proceeding at too high a rate of speed in such a dense fog as prevailed at the time and that proper precautions were not used by the officers of either vessel, and decided that the damage should be divided, the owners of each vessel to pay their own costs. (O. S. Advertiser) Manitoulin Expositor, March 14, 1885

The season has arrived when our local bummers, weather prophets and sich, begin to sit around the sunny side of the store and comment on the rigor of the winter now fast passing away, tell stories of winters already gone and venture predictions to the date on which the “first boat” will arrive.
Next to the date of arrival of said boat the most important question is, who will be on her? And in order to satisfy public curiosity on this point we give below a list of the officers on the favorite line for the ensuing season:
Pacific: Capt. Campbell, Engineer Lockerbie, Purser Storey, Steward Tymon. Atlantic: Capt. R. Foote, Engineer Aston, Purser Belcher, Steward Dyon. Belle: Capt. Bassett, Engineer Dee, Purser and Steward Moe.
That the G.N.T.C. knows how to appreciate good men when they get them is shown by the fact that only one of the old officers is off the line this year in the person of Dick Matters. The absence of Dick’s genial face will be matter for general regret but his place will be efficiently filled by Charley Tymon who, as head waiter, gave such universal satisfaction last summer.
Considerable improvements are being made in the way of increasing the efficiency of this popular line which will no doubt be appreciated by the travelling public. Manitoulin Expositor, March 14, 1885

The Northern Belle is to run from Collingwood this season calling at Meaford, Owen Sound, Wiarton, Lions Head, Tobermory and Club Island twice a week, and Michael’s Bay once a week. Manitoulin Expositor, April 4, 1885

The Atlantic arrived on her first trip Sunday. She is clean as a new pin, runs well and under the able command of Capt. FOOTE with Purser BELCHER and Steward DYON to look after the comfort of the passengers, is sure to be even more popular than last year. Manitoulin Expositor, May 23, 1885

Steam Barge Burnt
Steam barge Buck-eye, of Chicago, loaded with cedar ties, and coming after her consort Skylark, struck a rock about six miles to the west of this harbour about eight a.m., weather being dark, and misty and the rock not on the chart. A heavy sea was running and the vessel pounded heavily and shortly after striking took fire round the engine. The wind being fresh drove the crew to the small boat who, with great difficulty and in haste, left the wreck saving only a portion of their clothes. The captain and crew of the Buck-eye tender their sincere thanks to the Captain of the propeller Sir. Leonard Tilley and Mr. White of this place. Michael’s Bay, June 13. Manitoulin Expositor, June 20, 1885

The following Lake Simcoe men are at present serving on the upper lakes: CAMERON, first engineer of the Campana; CAMERON, first make the Campana; SIMPSON, first mate Alberta; SIMPSON, R. second mate Algoma; ASTON, first engineer Atlantic; and CAMERON, first mate Atlantic. The little frog pond has proved a regular training school for sailors. Manitoulin Expositor, July 25, 1885

The Prop. Quebec of the Sarnia line, struck a rock near the Devil’s Gap in Wilson’s channel on Thursday night of last week. The next day the Ontario pulled her off when the former vessel almost immediately settled and on Tuesday last she had very much disappeared. There were twenty-seven cars of flour in the hold and a deck load of wool and general merchandise. It is doubtful if she can be raised. Had the light house at that point been finished according to contract time the accident could not have occurred. Manitoulin Expositor, July 25, 1885

The schr. Lily Hamilton went down in a gale of wind on Lake Michigan, on Friday morning of last week. She was laden with salt. The crew took to the ships boat and after being afloat for about six hours in a heavy sea, were picked up by a tug.Manitoulin Expositor, August 29, 1885

The schnr. Restless arrived here Saturday night with a cargo of salt. This schooner, by the way, if we have heard the story correctly, has had quite a romantic history. She was built by an old Sybarite of Chicago and fitted up as a pleasure boat at an expense of some fifteen or twenty thousand dollars. Before the yacht was placed in commission the owner dreamt on two separate occasions that his vessel upset and drowned him, from which circumstance he named her The Dream. Shortly, afterwards with a party of congenial spirits aboard, he started on a tour of the lakes. The vessel at that time carried a tremendous spread of canvas and when on Lake Superior it is supposed that during a calm the party retired to the cabin for a little dissipation, leaving all sail standing and that while thus engaged the vessel was struck by a sudden squall. At all events she was found bottom upwards, with all sail set, and her party of pleasure seekers gone to their long account. The vessel was righted and towed into port, but the story of “the dream” proved for some time an effectual bar to a sale, but she was finally disposed of to Louis Smith for about two or three thousand dollars. And now, what thirty odd years ago was a floating pleasure palace, is to-day a salt hooker! Truly the glory of this world passeth away as a shadow!
Manitoulin Expositor, September 19, 1885

The captain of the Restless was fined $50.00 and costs for giving liquor to Indians at Little Current this week.
Jas. MAY was on Wednesday last brought before Messrs. PHIPPS and ENGLISH and sent to gaol one month for distributing liquor at Serpent River on the 8th August.Manitoulin Expositor, September 19, 1885

Mr. C. ANDERSON has placed the first steam vessel on Lacloche Lake that ever disturbed those placid waters or caused the lofty mountains to fling back the echo of a steamer’s whistle. She is a scow and her name is Aid; her officers are Capt. DAVIS, engineer MILLAND, mate McFARLAND, and Pilots ENGLISH and BRYDON. The scow was build by Smith &Hackett of Midland. Manitoulin Expositor, October 24, 1885

On Friday last as the tug Dolphin was coming in the bay from Thornbury, she ran on top of the wreck of the old barge Sarah Jane Marsh, and keeled over on her side, filling with water. On Sunday, the Annie Watt took down the two dredge scows and succeeded in lifter her off and towing her in. (O.S. Advertiser). Manitoulin Expositor, November 21, 1884

North Shore Had Six Boats a Week in Nineties
Many Fine Ships Recalled In Days of Busy Lumbering
The ‘Turning Back the Page’ historical column of The Enterprise-Bulletin recently recalled the destruction by fire 40 years ago of two splendid Georgian Bay passenger and freight steamers-the ‘Pacific’ and the ‘Northern Belle’. The two ships went up in smoke within 24 years of each other-the Pacific at her wharf at Collingwood in a fire which destroyed the old Grand trunk freight sheds and wharf while the Northern Belle was burned near Byng Inlet on the east shore
Belonged to old “White Line”
Both boats belonged to the fleet of the Great Northern Transit Co. (the White Line) owned chiefly in Collingwood, and the lost of the two boats crippled the service of the line for a time, but the next season the Str. Germanic was built to replace the Pacific, and a year later the company amalgamated with its old competitor the North Shore Navigation Co. (the Black Line) forming the Northern Navigation co., which now forms an important division of the Canada Steamship Line. The Germanic was burned at Collingwood in 1917.
Right Size for North Shore
The Pacific was one of the best boats ever on the North Shore run. It was about the same type as the Str. Caribou, but considerably larger. It held a reputation of being a sea-worthy ship, of about the right size to navigate the channels and little harbors of the North shore, and at the same time handle profitable cargoes and passenger lists.
Built in Owen Sound
The Pacific was an Owen Sound product. The hull constructed of wood and it was built by the veteran ship-builder, the late Capt. John SIMPSON at his yards on the west side of the harbor in 1883. The first season it was in command of Capt. James FOOTE of Owen Sound, who left to take charge of one of the early C.P.R. boats which went into commission the next year. Then Capt. P.M. CAMPBELL (Black Pete) became master of the Pacific and was in charge until 1894 when he was transferred to the newly-built ‘Majestic.’ He was one of the most picturesque figures among marine men of the Upper Lakes of that day.
Old Steamboat Races
The Pacific could develop considerable speed and ‘Black Pete’ CAMPBELL took his ship into the odd steamboat race. The old side-wheeler ‘Carmona’, then running out of Owen Sound was its chief speed rival. Stories of the races from Killarney and Collingwood were frequent and sometimes the old ships were stoked so hard that flames accompanied the smoke coming out of the stack.
Capt. R.D. FOOTE followed Capt. CAMPBELL in charge of the Pacific and was master in 1898 when on November 3rd, the ship burned as it was tied up at the G.T.R. freight shed at Collingwood. The Pacific was valued at about $75,000 and was insured for about half the amount. There was no loss of life.
In its early operation the Pacific had as its running mates the Str. Baltic (formerly the Frances Smith) and the Atlantic. About 1894, the Baltic was withdrawn from service, and the newly constructed Majestic took its place.
Boats Called at Wiarton
The regular weekly trips of the Pacific and other local boats at that time was from Collingwood and Owen Sound to Sault Ste. Marie via the North Shore. The Pacific would leave Collinwood after the arrival of the noon G.T.R. passenger train from Toronto, and call at Meaford, arriving in Owen Sound about 7 p.m. and after loading cargo from Owen Sound would leave after the arrival of the evening train. In the ‘eighties and early ‘nineties’ these boats called at Wiarton on the way from Owen Sound to Killarney to take on passengers and freight from the G.T.R. branch which had its terminus there but after 1893, when the G.T.R. line was built from Park Head to Owen Sound, the Wiarton call was discontinued.
When Lumber Trade Boomed
The steamer calls along the North Shore were much more numerous than now. The lumber business was at its peak in the north and big mils were operating at many points. There was no motor travel and the Algoma Eastern Railway had not been built to Little Current so that the only means of going to or from Manitoulin Island was by boat. Passenger traffic was a real factor and even late in the season the boats usually carried heavy lists of passengers. These boats carried the mails also.
Mackinac Trip for $10.00
During July and August all these local boats made a weekly call at Mackinac after leaving the Sault and offered special low rates for round-trippers. Twelve dollars and even $10 for a time was the round trip-fare-including meals and berth. Of course boats were operated for a fraction of today’s costs. Needless to say these Mackinac trips were popular.
Almost Daily Boat Service
At one time in the nineties when both the White and Black line were in full operation there was almost a daily boat service form Collingwood and Owen Sound to Manitoulin. Each line had three boats in operation. For a time the Black line had the City of Collingwood, City of Midland and City of London on the Soo route, while the Black Line had the Majestic, Pacific and Atlantic. Those were busy days in the North shore trade. The first two of the ‘Cities’ were burned.
Only a few trips before it was destroyed the Pacific was in collision with the Str. J.H. Jones in Kagawong Bay. The Pacific was not seriously damaged but the Jones was sunk. Towards the end of the season the boat was raised and was in commission the next spring. Ten years later the Jones went down off Cape Croker and all aboard were lost.
Loss of “Northern Belle”
The ‘Northern Belle’ was at one time on the Collingwood-Owen Sound-North Shore route, but for many seasons prior to her loss she made semi-weekly trips from Collingwood to Killarney via East Shore ports-Parry sound, Point-au-Baril, French River, etc.
When the fire broke out on the Northern Belle it was in the Magnettewan River, a few miles from Byng Inlet. It occurred in the morning and the vessel burned to the water’s edge. All aboard got off in safety but members of the crew lost their personal effects. The Northern Belle was a much smaller and older boat than the Pacific and was valued at $15,000 and carried insurance of $10,000.
Many Captains on the ‘Belle’
Built in the winter of 1875-6 in Marine City, Mich., it was first named the ‘Gladys’ and was to run between Detroit and Port Huron. After the first trip the boat was bought by Chas. CAMERON, of Collingwood, manager for the newly organized Great Northern Transit Co., and came to the Georgian Bay under Cap. Dan CAMERON, a member of a family of mariners out of Collingwood for years. The name Northern Belle was given as a compliment to a daughter of Chas. CAMERON, now Mrs. ROSS in Toronto.
In 1877, Capt. P.M. CAMPBELL took charge of the Northern Belle and was followed in succeeding years by Capt. James FOOTE, Capt. D. TAYLOR, Capt. J. B. SYMES, Capt. Neil CAMPBELL, Capt. James BASSETT, Capt. James WILSON and Capt. C. JASUES, in command at the time of the fire.
Other Boats Meet Similar Fate
One of the running mates of the Pacific and Northern Belle-the Str. ‘Atlantic’ met a similar fate five years later-almost to a day. The Atlantic was destroyed by fire off Red Rock, on November 10th, 1903. The Baltic also burned at Collingwood in 1895. In fact nearly all those old local boats departed by the fire route.
The Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

Aug 1, 1912

Steamer Haggard Sank at Moorings At New Ontario  Dock


At 3:30 this morning July 20th the steamer John Haggard, owned by T.S. Sims of Little Current, Captain Pocock, sank at her moorings at New Ontario Dock, and now lies at the west pier in fifteen feet of water. The steamer arrived at the dock at 10 last night on Manitoulin Island and was leaking badly, her pumps having been in operation during the entire trip. At 3 this morning she seemed to have settle and suddenly listing to starboard her cargo of hay and lumber shifted and she sank. But a small portion of her upper deck works could be seen above the water. The large cargo of hay was consigned t o   the the Algoma Produce Company but they had not yet taken it over pending an inspection.

It is feared that an unknown man who was seen about the docks early this morning in an intocicated condition shortly before the vessel sank may have gone down with her. It is presumed that he boarded the Haggard to sleep among the hay, and was caught between the bales when the cargo shifted. An investigation will be made today upon the arrival of Mr. Sims from the east. He was notified of the sinking of the Haggart this morning and upon his arrival will arrange for raising her.

The value of the vessel and insurance cannot be learned until the arrival of Mr. Sims.

Just as we go to press we are assured by the New Ontario Dock officials that there was no one on the Haggart when she sank this morning.- Soo Star.


Huge Freighter Goes Down Near Clapperton

Steel Steamer  Western Star Struck Rock 18 Miles From Little Current and Disappears With 7,000 Tons of Coal. Crew and Passengers Are Saved

Little Current, Sept 25. – the steel steamer. “Western Star” of Detroit struck on Robertson Rock, north of Clapperton Island Friday morning and sank in six hours. The crew of twenty and four passengers rowed to Clapperton Island, half a mile in lifeboats and then were towed by a gasoline boat fifteen miles to Little Current. The steamer was carrying seven thousand tons of coal from Toledo to Little Current. It is thought both vessel and cargo can be saved. The vessels bow is in only fourteen feet of water.


The City of Owen Sound has been partly raised but work is suspended owing to lack of pontoons.  It is expect she will be afloat in a very short time.

Nov 1890

The Steam Barge Bruno with her consort was wrecked in the straits of Mississauge this week. The crews were exposed for thirty hours to the weather but all hands were finally saved. The vessels are a total loss.

Wrecking Notes 1882

Until the Manitoulin was burnt people had no idea of the strength of boat. Her hull  was almost one mass of iron belts, Capt. Simpson  did his work well.

Purser McDougall says our last week’s estimated of the loss of life was exaggerated and that not more than the number first reported were lost.

Mrs. Handbury’s body was sent below by the Belle for burial.

We cordially agree with the Pioneer as to the necessity of more care being exercised for the prevention of fire on board steamboats. We would add that it should be obligatory on captain’s to exercise their crews regularly in fire and life boat service.

Capt. Campbell arrived in charge of a tug Wednesday evening and left for Owen Sound Thursday evening with the hull of the Manitoulin in tow.

The Caption’s prompt decision and clear orders to beach the vessel no doubt saved very many lives. His subsequent bravely in giving directions and encouragement, and his gallant rescue of a little girl from the fames, showed that he is made of the right stuff for a captain, and are worthy of all praise. Pet his orders would have availed little had they not been carried out by the brave engineer and wheelsman. All honour to such men. We are proud of them. Their noble example will be not only a lasting honour to s

Some bones and pieces of flesh were found in the hold of the Manitoulin when she was cleaned out. Dr Frances says they were the remains of an aminial.

One would think after reading our exchanges that there were about 500 ladies on the Manitoulin when she was burnt. Almost every paper we pick up gives an interview with an eye witness from its neighborhood and each of these narrators was, according to his own account the last to leave the wrck and before doing so he assisted some half dozen ladies overboard.


Capt. Thos. Hessey and Wm. Cousins arrived Saturday and have started to fit out the dredge. They intend to have everything ready so as to be able to start work as soon as the weather will permit.

Capt. James Jarmin arrived down from the Soo Saturday and on Monday started his men fitting out the drills and dredge. Everything will be put in first class shape for a big season’s work. The Capt. Is a hustler and he wants to see the rock fly and it will not be his fault if it does not. Good work has been for the past two seasons and an immense amount of rock removed. With the plant they now have hear the dredge will be kept constantly at work.


The steam barge Monohansett and consort Nelson Bloom are loading with lumber at the red mill this week. These tow boats had a hard time in the recent storm. Something went wrong with Monohansett’s machinery and she lay rolling in the heavy sea. The Nelson Bloom hoisted her sails and took her in tow. Bu this means they kept out of the trough of the sea until a steamer came along and towed them into shelter.


The Steamer Cambria

Detroit, Aug. 7 . – the steamer Cabria, which went ashore near Sarnia several days ago, and was released and towed into Port Huron for repairs, has been surveyed and found to be damaged almost to the extent of her insurance, she was valued at $15,000, and insured for $10, 000 in companies represented by the Western of Toronto. Her damage is $9,000. Not only is her hull strained and broken in places, but the bed plate of the engine is broken, the machinery more or less damaged.  Nothing has yet been done  towards repairing her, but it is said to be the intention of her owners to fix her up again in time for some of the season’s business. By hard work she can be gotten out before this month is ended. – Globe.

First Boat – the first boat to arrive here this season from Collingwood was the steamer Caribou, commanded by Capt. J.L. Baxter. She reached here Tuesday about four o’clock in the afternoon. Having broken the ice from Killarney the tug Cynthia followed her and while she was in Manitowaning the Cynthia came up by Sheguiandah bay and reached here about an hour of her. Both boats were given a royal welcome. The Caribou tried to go up to Gore Bay that night but had to return Wednesday she tried to get up by the north channel assisted by the Iroquois. The ice was too strong and they returned. The Caribou then went around the Island to go to the Sault.


Str. Windsor Seized

On Friday last acting under instructions from the Marshal of the Maritime Court, Chief Wilde seized, on behalf of Capt. Campbell, the City of Windsor, which is now a subject of litigation between Capt. p.m. Campbell and the executors of the Long estate.  On Saturday morning the vessel was released, but again seized on behalf of the executors in  the afternoon. Now, so to speak, there are two prize crews in charge of the vessel. Capt. Campbell, we understand, is claiming $1400 arrears of salary as manager. – Enterprise Messenger.


Capt. And Mrs. Robert Foote, who have been visiting his brother, Mr. G.S. Foote, left Sunday for Ferus where they will spend a short time with friends are returning to Sarnia. We understanding the Capt. Will commence fitting up the Huronic about the 1st of March.


The Germanic in coming up from Sheguiandah Sunday took the inside channel and this channel is very narrow in places she grounded in the mud. The tugs Gidley, Glen and steamer Iroquois pulled her off.  No damage was done.


The Iroquois when coming up from Manitowaning yesterday morning met with an accident by melting the babbit metal out of one of her journals on the engine. The Germanic towed her into port. The journal was soon repaired but it delayed her too long to make the trip. She had on board a large number of passengers for Gore Bay who were going up on the jury. The Davidson and Cuyler took the passengers and mail.

Steamer Lincoln Burned

Sandwich, April 7th. – The passenger steamer Lincoln, which has for several years operated between Windsor, Amherstburrg  and Pelee Island , was completely destroyed by fire late last night.

The Lincoln was owned by W.B.  Rosevear of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the Erin by T. and J. Conlon of Thorold Ont. Hard luck has pursued the Lincoln since the closing of navigation last fall. Almost immediately after being laid up for the winter at Windsor the steamer was cut through by ice and sank in deep water. She was raised and repaired and was being fitted out for the coming season, when the fire last night destroyed her. The origin of the fire is unknown.

Sept 14. 1914

Barge Scott Sunk

The steam barge Thos. R. Scott, owned in Wiarton, bound from Cockburn Island to Owen Sound, loaded  with lumber, went down off Cabot’s Head for shelter but before reaching there she sprung a leak and rapidly went down.

March 1906

Dominion Trans. Co. Officers

The officers of the United States and Dominion Transportation Co. steamers have been announced for the season as follows: Caribou Captain J.I Baxter, first officer R.H.  Carson, chief engineer J.C. Cosford, second engineer Robert Sinclair, purser T.J. Tolan, stewart J.P. Fitzgerald. Manitou – Captain Arthur Batten, first officer Norman McCoy, chief engineer  Robert Orierson, purser Mickle McAuley, stewart  Jos. McLeod . Telegram – Capt. McKenzie, engineer  Carefoot.

Notice to Marine Men

Notice has been given by the Marine Department as to the dates to which lights and other aids to navigation will be dept in operation. All Canadian lights on the River St. Lawrence will be kept in operation until the close of navigation. All Canadian lights and fog alarms on Lake Superior will be kept in operation this Autumn until the close of navigation, with the exception Caribou Island ,Otter Island, Michipicoten Island, east end ; Gargantus, Michipicoten Harbour, Corbell Point, and Ile Parisienne, from which stations the keepers may be removed at any time after the 1st December. All Canadian lights and fog alarms on Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Lake St Clair, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and connecting waters will be kept in operation until the close of navigation, excepting the South east Shoal light – ship, Lake Erie, which may be forced to abandon her station by ice conditions before the general close of navigation, and also Lonely Island Light, Georgian Bay which may be closed of navigation. All gas buoys and other floating aids to navigation, spar markers will be laid down if possible.