Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canada (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1865
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The sidewheel tug CANADA, owned and commanded by Capt. D. Miesel, while coming towards the Detroit River, with a vessel and barge in tow, struck on Bar Pt., Lake Erie, on Tuesday night, and during yesterday was dashed to pieces by the heavy seas which breached over her. The CANADA came originally from Quebec and was rebuilt in 1856 at this port, and some three years later was bought by her present owner. She was built in 1853 (?).
      Detroit Free Press
      December 1, 1865

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A DARING THOUGH NOBLE ACT. - A few days ago, when the steamer CANADA was lost at Bar Point, Lake Erie, her crew were in imminent peril of being washed overboard for several hours, and thus meeting with watery graves, suffering, in the meantime terribly from exposure to the weather. Seeing their perilous situation, the Messrs. Hackett, of Malden, with the tug ZOUAVE and a small boat in tow, promptly went to their relief, reaching there in time to rescue all, and landing them safely at Malden. Capt. Meisel desires us to express his thanks for the kindness thus bestowed. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      December 7, 1865

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* Stmr. CANADA, wrecked on Bar Point, Lake Erie. Her machinery was taken out and the hull abandoned.
      Steamer TRAVELLER, wrecked on a rock on Lake Superior. Her engine and machinery have since been recovered.
      Propeller PEWABIC, sunk by collision with propeller METEOR, in Lake Huron. Several attempts have been made to raise her, but without success.
Propeller STOCKMAN, burned at Bear Creek, Canada.
Tug PILOT, burned at Algonac, on St. Clair River.
Steamer WINDSOR, burned in Detroit River on the night of the disastrous confragration of the Detroit & Milwaukee Depot.
Brig ROBERT HOLLISTER, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. H.H. BROWN, wrecked on Sandusky Bar.
      Schr. L.D. COMAN, lost near Erie, Pa.
      Schr. E.C. BLISH, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. K.L. LANSING, wrecked on Lake Michigan.
      Schr. ILLINOIS, not certain as to this vessel, but think she foundered on Lake Michigan with a cargo of stone. - Detroit Free Press, 21.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 23, 1866

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      BAR POINT DISASTERS. - The prop. POTOMAC met with a disaster on Lake Erie and returned to Detroit for the purpose of going into dry dock for repairs. Her captain reports striking on some unknown obstruction at Bar Point, quite probably on the same impediment which damaged the CHINA. On the east side of the Point, and adjacent thereto, there lies a rock of considerable dimensions, on which there is seven or eight feet of water, and a short distance to the westward lies the wreck of the steamer CANADA, on which there is but five feet of water. .....
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 3, 1871

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      From a hasty glance at the records of marine disasters we find the difficulties have their
origins somewhere about 1854. The schooner BUTLER, deep laden, struck an unknown obstruction and sunk, but was subsequently raised. The cause was supposed to be that of some sunken wreck. The accident took place in May. In the month of October, 1855, the propeller ILLINOIS, commanded by Capt. Wm. Dickson, of long experience on the lakes, having a full load of merchandise, struck and sunk. The entire cargo was damaged, and the loss to
the steamer and cargo amounted to $85,000. The propeller CUYAHOGA, with a cargo of wheat, in October, 1856, run on the same spot, worked herself off, and was run ashore, the damages amounting to $3,000, the damage to cargo and vessel slight. In July, 1857, the schooner ALICE was stranded near there, and became a total loss. The schooner DREADNAUGHT, with a cargo of grain, struck in 1858, and sustained damages amounting to $100. In 1859 the bark LONDON run on the same place,, damages $150. The bark INDIANA, in November of the same year, dragged her anchor and grounded in the same spot, but was lightered off damaged $200. The scow E. S. TAYLOR, laden with coal, was sunk near there in 1860 and became a total loss. In April, 1861, the schooner WYANDOTTE, laden with coal, met with a disaster at the same place, the damage amounting to $300. The propeller DETROIT struck there in 1862, and sprung a leak, damages $100. In May, 1863, the steamer MORNING STAR struck on what was supposed to be an anchor, but the real cause was doubtless one of the wrecks above alluded to. The sloop MESSINGER, with a cargo of wheat, grounded there and damaged her cargo $3,000. The propeller MARQUETTE, cargo of merchandise, sank there in 1865, but subsequently got up; cargo badly damaged. In September of the same year the propeller PITTSBURGH struck and went ashore, and lightered off. Soon after the propeller WENONA grounded and was lightered off, and the steamer CANADA, of 166 tons, sunk and became a total loss there in September of 1865. In November, 1871, the propeller POTOMAC stove a hole in her bottom on the same obstruction and returned to Detroit, damages not stated. Soon after the propeller CHINA sustained a like disaster. The disasters of 1872 from
the same cause were as follows: In May, the propeller MERCHANT, cargo merchandise, sunk, raised, and taken to Detroit. In August, bark C. K. NIMS, cargo grain, struck and sprung a leak. Bark RED, WHITE and BLACK (sic), stove hole in bottom, damaged cargo and brought to Detroit. In November schooner OWASCO, cargo corn, all damaged and vessel ashore but got off. Propeller BURLINGTON sunk and got up. Propeller PHILADELPHIA stranded but got off.
Schooner SAM FLINT, cargo grain, stranded and got off. In December, propeller RUSSIA, cargo grain, struck and sunk, raised and brought to Detroit.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 11, 1873
Other vessels lost or heavily damaged on or near Bar Pt. during the same period included: Schr GUERRIERE (1832), strs ERIE and DANIEL WEBSTER ('39), str LITTLE WESTERN ('42), schr C. C. TROWBRIDGE ('57), schr MORNING LIGHT ('60), prop CLEVELAND ('66) and schr W. S. LYONS ('69).

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Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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Canada (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1865