The tug R.L. HOWARD was sunk about 15 miles from Port Dalhousie Pier, the crew narrowly escaping. The tug had some scows in tow. The tug LION took the scows safely into port.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
October 31, 1867 3-4
The tug R.L. HOWARD sprung a bad leak on Thursday last, while towing a number of wood scows from Toronto to Port Dalhousie, and sunk about 15 miles from Port Dalhousie pier, the crew narrowly escaping with their lives by gettin on board the scows.
Erie Daily Dispatch
Saturday, November 2, 1867
Steam tug R. HOWARD left Toronto October 24th. 1867, towing three light scows, 12 to 15 minutes later a leak developed under the shaft near the stern post, it was thought that some planks gave way, a pony engine and two pumps and a hand pump were started and about five hours out the tug sunk. All efforts to stop the leak by stuffing rags and such into the area under the shaft failed. The scows refused to allow the tug to lash herself to them.
The Captain sent the boat to shore to get another tug to take the HOWARD into port, a tug came out but the HOWARD had sunk before she was reached.
From Coons V Aetna Insurance Co.
Upper Canada Common Pleas Report
by S.J. Vankoughnet, M.A. Vol. 18 pp305
Printer, Henry Rowsell, Toronto 1868
PORT OF DUNNVILLE VESSEL REGISTER
Port Register No. 7
Name R.S. HOWARD
Description Steam Tug
When Built 1856
Where Built Dunnville
Where she belongs Dunnville
Present Master Robb
Builders name & date of certificate: This boat was registered in 1856, [see No. 1, old reg. book]
Description of vessel:-
Length 77 feet
Breadth 14 feet
Depth of hold 8 feet
Decks no entry
how built carvel
How rigged not
Engine-room 10 feet
Subscribing owners; D. McSwain sole owner. Sold to JSen. McCallum of Dunnville, dated Sept. 11, 1861, who sold to Alfred Cooney of Port Dalhousie dated March 29, 1867 for $4,500.
REMARKS:- Repaired May 14, 1867
NOTATION: - Sank in Lake Ontario about the year 1868 or 1869
National Archives, Canada
Microfilm. (RG 12, A 1, Vol. 219)