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William Treat (Barge), U26170, aground, 3 Oct 1883

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The barge SEMINOLE (36 years old) lumber laden, arrived here in a waterlogged condition, and the barge WILLIAM TREAT, 27 years old, with her deckload gone. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 4, 1883

Dispatch from Goderich dated Oct. 3. -- The schooner WILLIAM TREAT which broke away from the steam barge CLARK 6 days ago was wrecked near Port Alfred yesterday. All the crew were rescued but the vessel has gone to pieces and the shore is strewn with the wreckage. She was bound from Bay City to Detroit with lumber.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 5, 1883

      The Case of the WILLIAM TREAT.
      [To the Editor of the Free Press.]
Port Albert, Ont., Oct. 5. -- I hope you will allow me space in your columns to show up the inhuman conduct of those in charge of the tug J.P. CLARKE, which deserted the barge WILLIAM TREAT, which she had in tow, risking the lives of the crew, and resulting in the total loss of the vessel and cargo. We left Bay City on Thursday, Sept. 27, and about 9 o'clock the tug, owing to the heavy sea running, left us off Sand Beach. For this action I do not blame the CLARKE, but the fact that she failed to look for us afterwards, as the next two days were calm, I regard as criminal. On Thursday night our steering gear went astray, and we shipped our cabin full of water, destroying all our provisions. After the third day a storm again came on, and on account of our helpless condition we drifted before the wind towards the Canada shore. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, after being a number of days without food, the crew, consisting of Captain geoarge Mckay, George Agans, mate; Frank Cushing, John Legue, Oliver Allan, Frank Spear, and the cook, Annie Lewiston, escaped to the Canadian shore on rafts after a terrible experience in the breakers, being repeatedly overturned by the giant waves. between hunger and exposure the crew were almost helpless, and, but for a farm-house being close at hand, might have perished ashore. The barge went to pieces shartly after the crew deserted her, and the load of lumber, owned by A. Backus, Jr., & Co., Detroit is scattered along the coast between Port Albert and goderich. The conduct of the tug is outrageous. The American Consul at Goderich attended to the needs of the crew, who were in a wretched plight, some shoeless, and all suffering from their dreadful exposure.
      George McKay, Captain of the WILLIAM TREAT.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

Capt. Daniel Meisel, of the Tug J.P. CLARK, was taken severely to task, a few days since, by the master of the Barge WILLIAM TREAT, wrecked recently north of Goderich. It was charged that Captain Meisel displayed gross inhumanity in not making diligent search for the missing craft, which had been under his care prior to being out. Captain Meisel, in a morning paper here, gives an account of his stewardship much after the following manner. The Tug had in tow the barges SEMINOLE and WILLIAM TREAT, which he was obliged to cast loose, owing to the tempestuous state of the weather, and seek shelter with his steamer at Sand Beach. On the following morning, the weather having somewhat subsided, he started out in search of his lost tow. He was successful in finding the SEMINOLE, but not the TREAT. On arriving in the St. Clair River he was informed by a marine reporter at Port Huron, that the TREAT had passed down in tow of the steambarge GEORGE KING, and with this information at hand it was deemed unnecessary to make further search for the missing vessel. -- Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 25, 1883

WILLIAM TREAT Barge, foundered October 3, 1883. App.value $4,000 app. loss $4,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

WILLIAM TREAT of 389 Tons, and 27 years of age. Valued at $2,500. Became a total losson Lake Huron during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Barge WILLIAM TREAT. U. S. No. 26170. Of 389.97 tons gross. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $4,000
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.75008 Longitude: -81.71648
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William Treat (Barge), U26170, aground, 3 Oct 1883