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Louis Shickluna (Propeller), C100750, aground on rock, 19 May 1883

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      [ Special telegram to the Inter Ocean ]
Owen Sound, Ont., May 22. -- The propeller ATLANTIC, which arrived down this evening from Sault Ste. Marie and local ports, report the propeller SHICKLUNA of Montreal, laden with general merchandise, sunk two miles east of Algoma Mills. She struck a rock Sunday night last during a severe northeast gale, and filled with water. She lies in thirteen feet of water at the bows and seven feet at the stern. The crew were saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

      Prop. L. SHICKLUNA of 394 Tons Reg., and 13 years of age. Home port, Port Stanley. When bound from Serpent River on May 19, 1883 vessel stranded on an unknown sunken rock 2 miles west of Algoma Mills. A partial loss of $6,924 in hull damage and $2,000 loss on the cargo.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1883
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

NOTE :-a rock with less than 6 feet of water over it, lies one and a half cables southward from the western end of Mitchell Island, Algoma, which is now called "Shickluna Rock".
      Great Lakes Pilot 1968,
      Lake Huron & Georgian Bay.

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      The tug PRINCE ALFRED left Detroit Thursday afternoon with a complete wrecking outfit to raise the Canadian prop. SHICKLUNA, which struck a rock on leaving Algoma Mills and sunk on Sunday last. The propeller was in charge of a pilot when she struck, and he ran her on the only rock to be found in the channel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 26, 1883 3-8

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      Capt. Rardon of Crosby & Dimick's agency, left yesterday to take charge of the work of raising the prop. SHICKLUNA, sunk 2 miles east of Algoma Mills. She struck a rock on Sunday night last during a severe northeast gale, and lies in 13 ft. of water at the bows and 7 ft. at the stern.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 24, 1883 3-7

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      News was received here on Monday night by telegram of the loss of the steamboat SHICKLUNA from Montreal on Sunday last. The telegram states briefly that the SHICKLUNA struck a rock and sank off Algoma Mills. Nothing was said of the crew or passengers, from which it is hoped that all were saved. The SHICKLUNA lies in thirteen feet of water aft and seven feet forward. The blow on the lakes last Sunday and Monday was very heavy. Many vessels have been driven ashore and quite a number of lives lost.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, May 25, I883

Steam screw L. SHICKLUNA. [ no number] Of 626 tons gross; 393 tons reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1870. Home port, Port Stanley, Ont. 135.0 x 43.2 x 11.7. Owned by D. Sylvester, of Toronto, Ont.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886
      Prop. L. SHICKLUNA Official Canadian Number 100752. Built St. Catharines 1870. 135 x 43 x 12 and 626 tons. Rebuilt as 135 x 43 x 12 and 445 tons. Sunk Lake Erie, May 29, 1897.
      Prelm. List of Canadian Steamships
      Coastal & Inland, 1809 to 1930

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Reason: aground on rock
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,924
Cargo: $2,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.18476 Longitude: -82.81656
William R. McNeil
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Louis Shickluna (Propeller), C100750, aground on rock, 19 May 1883