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Quebec (Propeller), C71212, sunk, 15 Jul 1885

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The Canadian steamer QUEBEC struck a rock at Devil's Gap, in the North Passage (Bruce Mines Pass) at 10 o'clock Wednesday night, bound down. The steamer ONTARIO lightered her of 7 carloads of freight, mostly flour. The wind changed Thursday night and blew her off and she sank, stem foremost in 120 feet of water. She belongs to the Northwestern Transportation Co., of Sarnia, known as the Beatty line. Her passengers and crew were saved.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, July 18, 1885
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      Propeller QUEBEC, of Sarnia, of 812 tons and built 1874. On July 15, 1885 propeller, with a cargo of merchandise, sunk in the Sault River. She was raised and the property loss estimated at $65,000.
      Cleveland Leader [Casualty list]
      December 7, 1885

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      A dispatch from Buffalo says: "The underwriters of the hull and cargo of the wrecked steamer QUEBEC have turned her over to Capt. S.A. Murphy, who released her from the Sault River and delivered her in dock at Collingwood. W.B. Dimick has sent here a detailed statement of the condition of the vessel and cargo. Under his contract Murphy was to get $17,000 for delivering her or take her for his pay, as the underwriters might decide. Capt. S.V. Parsons, who made a careful survey, states that it will cost $24,000 to repair the hull, to say nothing of the engines and boilers. The flour and wool making up the cargo have been so badly damaged that they are estimated to be worth but little over $4,000. Under the circumstances Murphy gets the cargo as well as the hull. It is said that the engines and boilers were in excellent condition when the wreck occurred. Supposing them worth now about $5,000 or $6,000, Murphy would realize some $10,000 for all his expense and trouble in accomplishing a most difficult wrecking job."
      The Saginaw Courier
      June 11, 1886

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      The wreck of the QUEBEC at Collingwood is in bad shape, the stem being twisted and the timbers generally in bad shape.
      The Saginaw Courier
      June 12, 1886

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      QUEBEC, Canadian Official No. 71212, built Chathan, Ont., 1874. Wrecked St. Marys River July 16, 1885. Rebuilt as U.S. F.E. SPINNER.
      Provision List of Canadian
      Steamships 1809 - 1930

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      Screw propeller QUEBEC. Of 803 tons gross; 547 tons register. Built at Chatham, Ont., in 1874. Home port, Sarnia, Ont. 193.0 x 34.6 x 13.4 Owned by William Beatty, Thorold, Ont.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on Dec. 31, 1874
NOTE:-- [a] QUEBEC, [b] F.E. SPINNER, [c] HELEN C.

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $65,000
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.059722 Longitude: -83.945833
William R. McNeil
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Quebec (Propeller), C71212, sunk, 15 Jul 1885