The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sligo (Schooner), C72711, collision, 1 Aug 1888

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TORONTO:- Schooner SLIGO, Captain Kerwin, arrived Friday from Oswego with 572 tons of coal for Rogers. Schooner WAWANOSH, Captain Reed, from the same place,also arrived with about 600 tons for Rogers. They are in tow of tug STORM KING. The tug FRANK JACKMAN took the SLIGO just outside the Island to tow her in. Both are large three-masters, the SLIGO drawing with her cargo, 11 feet 6 inches,and the WAWANOSH 12 feet 3 inches. There was some rivalry between the two tugs to see which would get into the wharf first. The JACKMAN with the SLIGO, was ahead, and was just turning into the channel at Rogers' when the bowsprit of the WAWANOSH fouled her rigging. The two vessels cleared immediately with no damage to either. A good deal of difficulty was experienced in getting the SLIGO into dock, as she drew so much water. She touched ground just outside the dock, and remained fast for a few minutes. The JACKMAN is not a very large tug, but it has great power, and it had to use all it possessed to get the SLIGO into the dock. It took some twenty minutes hard driving to put the schooner into the dock. The WAWANOSH also touched ground outside the wharf. Both schooners are the tow of the tug STORM KING, a fine large tug, which brought them up from Oswego. The STORM KING was formerly owned in Chatham, New Brunswick and was brought up through the canals to ply on the lakes.--Empire.
      Marine Record
      August 9, 1888

Chicago.---At the Chicago drydock company's dock the schooner SLIGO, received a new main gaff and some calking.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. August 18, 1887

Schooner SLIGO. Official Canada No. 72711. Of 284 tons Reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1874. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 137.0 x 23.0 x 11.8 Owned by Geo. A. Graham, of Port Arthur, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Sligo (Schooner), C72711, collision, 1 Aug 1888