The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Eclipse (Propeller), sunk, 22 Nov 1883

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The following is the statement of John Drew, the only known survivor of the steamer ECLIPSE: Captain Bury left Algoma Mills November 15th.,for Port Sarnia with the barge ETTA in tow; ran into Rattlesnake Harbor, Manitoulin Island,and left there Wednesday, November 21st. Intending to make Southampton. Captain Bush of the barge ETTA, left me alone on the barge and went on board the ECLIPSE. The weather was fine, and I was up until we passed Cove Island Light, about 10 o'clock in the evening; then I turned in and slept until about 4 a.m. I dressed and went on deck, could see nothing of the ECLIPSE, and realized that I was cast adrift and alone on Lake Huron and a fearful gale raging. After a while I heard the steamer's whistle several times, and then saw nor heard no more of them. At daylight I saw land about a mile distant, and about 4 p.m., the barge went ashore on the beach at Little Pike Bay, and I jumped ashore and started for Wiarton, sixteen miles distant. I do not know the names of the crew. There were seven men on the ECLIPSE. Some fishermen were out in a boat at Pine Tree Harbor, and saw three bodies floating near the shore with life preservers on, marked "Steamer ECLIPSE", and what appeared to be the upper works of a steamer. One of the bodies had a watch and $22, and another $8:95. By papers found they identify one as Captain Bush, of the Barge ETTA, and J. Moore, engineer of the ECLIPSE.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 7
Hull damage: $5,000
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Eclipse (Propeller), sunk, 22 Nov 1883