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Bruno (Propeller), C80600, aground, 9 Nov 1890

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Toronto, November 10. -- [Special.] -- The steam barge Bruno and her consort, schooner Louise (sic), reported as being in trouble near Algoma, are owned by Capt. Geo. P. Magaun, of this city. He was advised that both boats were total wrecks and notices of abandonment were handed to the insurance companies interested. Both boats went fast aground on Magnetic Reef, between Cockburn and Manitoulin Islands, in a heavy gale and snowstorm last Thursday afternoon (Nov. 6).
Owen Sound, November 10 - [Special] - The crew of the wrecked Bruno and Louisa arrived here late last night on the steamer Carmona. Engineer Munro, of the Bruno says, "We left Cleveland at 10 a. m. on November 1, coal laden, and had a good trip until reaching Thunder Bay Tuesday morning, when we encountered a terrific gale from the southeast, accompanied by a very heavy sea. All day Tuesday and throughout the night we pitched about, the waves washing us from stem to stern. At 4:30 Wednesday we neared the Magnetic Reef and were on it in a short time. The Bruno struck amidships on a large boulder and settled down, breaking the keels and the beams and forcing up the deck. The Louisa followed and ran up on a flat rock along side. Her hatches were then knocked off and she filled. The sea then swept her cabin away. The crew of the Louisa consisted of Capt. Jack Man, four sailors and a woman cook. Their lifeboat was lost when the boat struck. On the Bruno part of the cabin was saved, and the crew took shelter there.
"For thirty hours both crews were in this state, momentarily expecting to be washed overboard. Thursday afternoon the wind lowered and the Bruno's lifeboat was launched and the crew of the Louisa brought on board, and it was decided to make for Cockburn Island, five miles distant. The boat was a small one, and it was not until Friday that the last of the crew were landed. All were in an exhausted and half-frozen condition. A fire was built on the shore, and Capt. Peters, of the Bruno, set out for help. He soon secured a tug and succeeded in securing the ship's papers.
"The Louisa lies in an easy position and may be saved, but the Bruno is a total wreck."
The crew of the Bruno consisted of Capt. Peters and ten men. They all left for Toronto this afternoon, with the exception of Capt. Peters, who will remain at the wreck until the insurance inspector arrives.
      Detroit Free Press
      Tues., Nov. 11, 1890

      Sault Ste Marie. Nov. 11. - The steambarge BRUNO and her consort, LOUISA, three-masted schooner, both of which are owned by Capt. George P. Magann, of Toronto, are ashore upon Magnetic Reef, between Cockburn and Manitoulin Islands and are total wrecks. The vessels, which were loaded with coal for Toronto,
were driven ashore in a heavy gale and snow storm. Notices of their abandonment have been handed over to the insurance companies.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Tuesday, November 11, 1890

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      The steambarge BRUNO and the schooner LOUISA are total wrecks near Algoma. The crew narrowly escaped being drowned. They were nearly frozen.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 11, 1890

Steam screw BRUNO. Official Canada No. 80600. Of 475 tons gross; 300 tons register. Built Montreal, Que., 1863. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 136.0 x 25.5 x 12.1 Owned by James Mathews, of Toronto, Ont.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.840833 Longitude: -83.325833
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Bruno (Propeller), C80600, aground, 9 Nov 1890