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Pacific (Barge), lost rudder &c., 1 Oct 1883

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A special to the Inter Ocean dated Oct. 22 says :-This morning at 5 o'clock the captain of the tug BARONS sighted a signal of distress about five miles fron Charlotte, on Lake Ontario. She put out and found the barge PACIFIC drifting helplessly about the lake, having lost her rudder and received a bad hole in her side. The captain of the PACIFIC said the Tug CARIBEEN left Montreal on Saturday for Fair Haven, towing the PACIFIC, the JOHN MARSH, the EUGENE, and another barge. They were struck by a heavy gale, and the tow line parted leaving the barges to drift off. The PACIFIC was thrown broadside on one of the others, the collision knocking a hole in both boats. The crew on the PACIFIC say that five minutes subsequent to the collision the light on the JOHN MARSH disappeared and the vessel was never seen afterwards. She was running light and had a crew of three men and one woman, who must have perished. Their names were not ascertainable. The EUGINE hoisted sail and reached port in safety, the CARIBEEN put into Oswego and reached Charlotte tonight to pick up the PACIFIC. Old seamen say that Lake Ontario was never rougher than on Saturday and Sunday. - Rochester Report
      Marine Record
      Oct. 25, 1883

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Reason: lost rudder &c.
Lives: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Pacific (Barge), lost rudder &c., 1 Oct 1883