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W. S. Ireland (Propeller), C85709, sunk, 8 Jul 1886

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The steam barge W.S. IRELAND, while going up the River Thames on Thursday afternoon for a cargo of wood struck a snag and sank a few miles below Chatham. A submarine diver was sent from here yesterday, and will make repairs sufficient to raise her.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Saturday, July 10, 1886

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      The steam barge W.S. IRELAND, which struck a snag in the River Thames and sank on Thursday, was raised on Saturday, and will be brought to the Detroit dry dock for repairs and a general overhauling.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Tuesday, July 13, 1886

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Steam screw, tug W.S. IRELAND. Official Canada No. 85709. Of 105 gross tons. Built Wallaceburg, Ont., 1872 Of 87 x 24 x 7. Rebuilt Barge 1905
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships, 1809 to 1930

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Reason: sunk
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.41224 Longitude: -82.18494
William R. McNeil
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W. S. Ireland (Propeller), C85709, sunk, 8 Jul 1886