The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1883

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Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 15. -- The JOHN OWEN, that left here for the propeller ONTARIO, was obliged to leave the wreck and put into Southampton. Up to this hour the JOHN MARTIN, with a steam pump on board, had not arrived at Southampton. It is thought she made Goderich for shelter. The ONTARIO is on a rock and clay bottom, with nine feet of water in her. From the latest advices to Mr. beatty at sarnia the steamer is resting quietly on the bottom. Her cargo in the hold is destroyed. -- Inter Ocean.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Ostober, 1883

On Friday Oct.12, the steamer ONTARIO, of Beatty's Line, which left Sarnia Thursday night with about 300 tons of freight, 100 deck and 40 or 50 cabin passengers, for Duluth and intermediate ports, went hard aground about 3 o'clock p.m. during a heavy fog about half a mile from shore about eight miles southwest of Port Elgin. After ineffectual efforts to extricate her from her rocky bed, and fearing the effects of the approaching storm, Captain James McNaugh, about midnight, decided to land the ladies and children, which was successfully carried out, although a heavy sea was running at the time. This morning the balance of the passengers were also safely put ashore, and are encamped in a wood on the beach. Every care and attention is being paid to their wants by the officers of the steamer.
      The Steamer is awaiting the arrival of a steam tug, when it is hoped that she will be got safely off without injury if the weather remains favorable. She is resting on the bottom, in about eleven feet of water. Her hold has been filled with water to steady her, no damage is believed to have been done to her bottom up to the present time.
      Great praise is due to the captain, officers, and crew for their admirable conduct under the trying circumstances. - Erie Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 18, 1883

The Propeller ONTARIO, ashore recently at Port Elgin, Lake Huron, was brought here by the Tug JOHN OWEN, and is now in the Detroit drydock. The extent of her injuries is not definately known. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 25, 1883

Steam screw ONTARIO. Official canada No.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.43605 Longitude: -81.38981
William R. McNeil
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Ontario (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1883