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Myles (Propeller), C77698, sunk, 2 Nov 1886

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Steamer MYLES, of Hamilton, 929 tons register and 4 years of age. On November 2, 1886 while bound from Port Dalhousie to Kingston, stranded on Murray Shoal, because of a buoy out of place. A partial casualty.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1886
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

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On Monday, December 14, 1886 the schooner OCEAN WAVE, which went ashore near Port Ontario a few days ago, has been stripped of her canvas and rigging and will be hauled out on the shore for the Winter About 2,500 bushels of her cargo have been taken out dry and the rest will be saved. The schooner COMANCHE, ashore at Point Peninsula, is reported to be lying on a gravelly bottom and as far as can be ascertained is in pretty good condition. It is thought she can be got off and repaired, leaving her good for several years of service.The propeller MYLES, which sank in Kingston Harbor several weeks ago, still lies on the bottom. Something over $5,300 has been expended in the effort to raise her and nothing further will be done until ice forms in the harbor of sufficient thickness to allow working upon it. The vessel has been badly broken up by the late storm.
      Watertown Daily Times
      December 14, 1886.

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      The owner of the propeller MYLES, sunk in Kingston harbor, is making arrangements for the raising of the boat. The work will be undertaken next month. The contract for raising the boat has not yet been let.
      The Marine Record
      January 13, 1887 p.5

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KINGSTON HARBOR SHOALS.---At a recent meeting of the Kingston Board of Trade
it was moved by John Gaskin, that the board respectfully call the attention of the Minister of Public Works to the great and urgent necessity or removing the dangerous shoals in the Harbor and adjoining thereto. Their non-removal will, after the serious accident to the propeller MYLES, operate strongly against the shipping intersts of this port.
      We would respectfully call your attention to the shoal on which the MYLES struck, and also to two others - one nearly opposite the Penitentary and the other about a mile and a half below Cedar Island. The latter is the shoal on which the schooner BOLIVIA struck about a year ago, when vessel and cargo became a total loss. (part of article)
      The Marine Record
      January 20, 1887 p.2

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Propeller MYLES. Official Canada No. 77698. Of 1198 tons gross; 742 tons Reg. Built Hamilton, Ont., 1882. Home port, Hamilton, Ont. 175.0 x 33.6 x 14.6 Owned by E.J. Myles, M. O., of Hamilton, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898
NOTE:--The shoal upon which the propeller MYLES Struck is today [1988] called the Myles Shoal, and is listed as such on Charts &c.

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Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
William R. McNeil
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Myles (Propeller), C77698, sunk, 2 Nov 1886