One man was saved from the ECLIPSE and 7 presumed lost. The last the survivor saw of the steamer was on the night of the 21st. He was aboard the barge ETTA which was beached at Little Pike Bay, 16 miles from Wiarton. The ECLIPSE measured 74 tons and was built at Hamilton, Ontario in 1878. The tug was owned by Palmer of Hamilton. She was formerly the JULIETTE built by Cooper of Buffalo.
Port Huron Daily Times
Wednesday, November 28, 1883
ECLIPSE, Steamer of Sarnia and 5 years old, of 49 Reg. Tons. foundered in a gale on Lake Huron Nov. 22, 1883, while bound from Algoma Mills to Sarnia. A total loss with 5 lives gone. Value of loss $7,000
Department of Marine & Fisheries
Statement of Wreck & Casualty in 1883
On Thursday, the 25 April, 1878, the steamer JULIETTE was launched and the Spectator reported thus: 'At four o'clock, an immense crowd gathered at the dock to witness the launching of Mr. Bauer's new pleasure boat. It was a beautiful afternoon - the Bay was shining, the sky was cloudless and everything looked bright and cheery at the water's edge. Mr. Bauer and a number of his friends were present near his boat and it was plain to see that all were anxious and would be, until the trying moment was past. When the builder R.J.J. Cooper of Maryville, N.Y., had pronounced everything ready, Miss Amelia Bauer, a beautiful child of about 10 years, was placed in the bow of the boat, accompanied by her brother and Mr. Stadelmann. She was tastefully dressed in white and bore in her hands the bottle of wine. The ways were cleared, the wedges and blocks knocked away. The builder gave the signal and a brace screw gave the vessel a start. Amelia successfully smashed the bottle and the steamer JULIETTE was on her way amid the cheers of the crowd."
The JULIETTE was 90 feet long and 16 feet beam and had a high pressure engine 15¼ x 16½, built by the Mona Iron Works, J.H. Killey & Co., Hamilton. her owners were: Leopold Bauer, 22 shares, Wm. McMeekin and Jas. Mitchell, each with 21 shares. She was named for Mrs. Bauer
From Hamilton harbour, 1825 - 1900
By Ivan Brookes
The Hamilton Spectator's Marine News of May 9, 1879 noted that the steamer JULIETTE, after undergoing some structural changes, had been renamed ECLIPSE
from "Hamilton Harbour, 1825 - 1900"
by Ivan Brookes