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Colonial (Propeller), U126012, aground, 4 Oct 1893

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Watertown, Oct. 4 - The stmr. COLONIAL, bound for Ogdensburg, loaded with grain, is ashore on Pigeon Island, at the foot of Lake Ontario. It is feared that the vessel and cargo will be lost.
      The steamer is on a long reef 1 1/2 miles long from the shore of Pigeon Island, on the south side. The bar extends about 2 miles out from the Island, and the steamer should have been kept more than that distance from the Light. The waves are rolling mountains high on Lake Ontario today, and it is impossible to reach the vessel from any point. The spray dashing upon the steamer frequently conceals it from sight.
      The steamer is blowing its whistle and flying a signal of distress, which was first observed from Bear Point, 5 miles above Cape Vincent, early this morning. The stmr. MAUD. of Cape Vincent, with a party, started out to go to the assistance of the COLONIAL, but it soon became evident that it would be impossible to approach within helping distance of the steamer, and the attempt was abandoned.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      October 4, 1893 7-4

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.067777 Longitude: -76.549444
William R. McNeil
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Colonial (Propeller), U126012, aground, 4 Oct 1893