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Commodore Barrie (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 1 May 1842

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Loss of the British Steamer Commodore Barrie. - Last Saturday evening as this steamer was on her passage from Kingston to Niagara, with passengersand 500 barrels of flour, when near Long Point, was run into by the schooner Canada, and sank in 50 fathoms water. The passengers and crew escaped through the aid of the schooner. The boat was an old one, and valued atabout $15,000. No insurance on either boat or cargo.
      Oswego County Whig
      Wednesday, May 4, 1842

We are informed that, on Saturday last, the stm. COMMODORE BARRIE was run into by a timber schooner, belonging to Mr. Ives, and was so much injured that she sunk in about 2 hours thereafter. No lives lost. The BARRIE was an old boat, and owned by Mr. Bethune. -Roch, Daily Adv.
      Buffalo, Commercial Advertiser
      May 5, 1842

      We noticed yesterday, the sinking of the stm. COMMODORE : BARRIE, by coming in collision with a schooner, but did not then learn the particulars. It seems the BARRIE was on her way from the head of the lake to kingston, with passengers and 500 barrelS of flour, belonging to Mr. Smith of Youngstown. On Saturday, about 9:00 in the evening, off Presque Isle, and about 16 miles from shore, she was run into by the timber schr. CANADA, completely demolishing her bow, by which she instantly began filling. The passengers were taken on board the CANADA which continued in the vicinity, till the BARRIE had settled to the hurricane deck when the CANADA sailed for Kingston. A boat was immedoately dispatched in search but the BARRIE had disappeared, nothing being visible from her freight but a few barrels of flour. -- Roch. Daily Advertiser, May 5
      Buffalo, Commercial Advertiser
      May 6, 1842

Late Saturday night about 9 and a half o'clock, the COMMODORE BARRIE, on her downward trip from Niagara, nearly opposite Presqu'Isle, came in collision with the schooner CANADA, going up and the former was so much shattered by the concussion, that she sunk an hour after in about 60 fathoms water. Captain Patterson had kept his watch and had turned into his berth shortly before the accident occurred, leaving the BARRIE in charge of the Mate. Mr.Laughlin, the former Mate, having stayed at Kingston, sick.
The schooner was also in charge of her Mate, the Captain having finished his watch shortly before. The vessels came on stem to stem, the schooner losing her cutwater, and receiving some damage to her bowsprit and running rigging. The BARRIE had 500 barrels of flour on board, but only two passengers. Efforts were hastily made to stop the leak in her bow by running blankets over it, but in vain. They then threw overboard the flour that was forward, in order to lighten her there, and raise her bow, that they might get at the leak, but that also proved fruitless.
Finding that she was rapidly sinking, they were compelled to abandon her. The CANADA brought the passengers and crew of the BARRIE to Kingston, an American schooner, the NORTH AMERICAN had also joined them, and she brought to Kingston the Mate and one passenger of the BARRIE.
As the matter will probably undergo a judicial investigation, we abstain from any comment of the facts. The night was cloudy- Kingston Herald.
      the Mirror, Toronto
      Friday, May 6, 1842


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: flour
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Commodore Barrie (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 1 May 1842