The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1885

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p.5 Daily Whig, 13th


Last evening the tug Traveller (Capt. J. Sullivan) left Portsmouth with the barges Beauport and Adventure for Montreal. The Beauport carried 400,000 feet of deals, consigned to Ross & Co., Quebec. The Adventure had 75,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to Ogilvie & Co., Montreal, and a deck load of stone, owned by T. Rudd of this city. At Brockville the barge Dakota, with coal, was taken in tow. At 9:30 o'clock Cardinal was reached, and there a serious accident occurred. It is thought that the tow lines must have broken, as the barge Beauport swung upon a beach and now lies in the Galoup rapids. The Adventure met with more serious damage and lies in the river near Sparrow Hawk Point in twenty feet of water. Her mast only is visible. Mr. Stewart had not heard, at the time of writing, whether the captain and crew of the Adventure were safe. It is doubtful, however, as the craft sank quickly. The captain was named Pregent, and he belonged to Valleyfield. His wife was cook on the barge, and they had one child. The crew was made up of three Frenchmen, names unknown. Capt. Emond, with a crew of four, a cook and three children, handled the Beauport. They are safe. The Adventure was repaired last year at a cost of $2,500. She was formerly owned by Mr. Devana, and is valued at $6,000. Mr. Stewart was to have left this afternoon for the scene of the disaster.

The Crew Are Safe - The crew of the Adventure were saved, having succeeded in boarding the Beauport before she ran upon the rocks. A later intimation states that the Beauport has been successfully taken off the rocks, but no trace can be found of the Adventure. The deck load of stones sent her directly to the bottom.

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Rick Neilson
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1885