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Emma (Propeller), burnt, 3 Jul 1912

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EMMA, a wooden steamer of 54 tons Reg. Home port, Toronto. Bound from Parry Sound to Owen Sound, burnt and sank half a mile from Sister Rock beacon, Georgian Bay on July 3rd. 1912. Capt. John Dube. Vessel a total loss.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1912
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries


EMMA of Toronto, a steam propeller Tug of Canadian Reg. No. 100946 built 1894 at Collingwood, rebuilt Parry Sound in 1901
of 146 Tons Gross, 94 Tons Reg. 89.3 x 18 x 6.6 Owned by Mrs. Carrie Pratt of Parry Sound.
      Dominion of Canada, vessel register 1906


EMMA Can. Reg. No. 100946 Built Collingwood 1894, 86 x 13 x 10 of 75 Gross Tons. Rebuilt Parry Sound 1901, 89 x 18 x 7. of 146 Tons Gross. Burnt Georgian Bay 4th. July 1912
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships 1809-1930


Mr. Morrill is also building a larger craft for Mr. Pratt of Parry Sound. On Monday the work of construction was going on, the timber being put in place. Mr. Morrill is assisted by Mr. Pratt. This craft will be 95 feet overall, with a beam of fourteen and a half feet. She will be strong and stand much knocking and tossing. Her keel is beech, the timbers are tamarack, the fantail will be constructed of white oak, while the planking will be elm from the keel from the keel to the waterline, and the balance tamarack. As it is intended to use this steamer for the transportation of passengers among the islands around Parry Sound, a cabin will be built to conform with the requirements of the passengers. This will be finished in beech and butternut. Messrs Wilson Bros. are doing the cabin work.
The boiler will be of the water tube style, seven feet in diameter and will supply steam for the compound engine, the dimensions are 10 x 20 inches, with 14 inches of stroke. These will turn a wheel five and one half feet in diameter. It is expected the boat will be ready for the opening of navigation.
      Marine Record, Feb.1, 1894


NOTE:- the bottom of a vessel, badly burnt was located in 4 to 15 feet of water in a narrow channel in the Boyd Group of Islands, about one half mile from Sister Rock, which measured very close to 89 feet and was therefore considered to be the remains of the EMMA. (measured 1971)

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.238888 Longitude: -80.215277
William R. McNeil
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Emma (Propeller), burnt, 3 Jul 1912