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J. H. Jones (Propeller), C90769, sunk, 22 Nov 1906

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Owen Sound, Ont., Nov. 27. -- The steamer JONES, Capt. Crawford, which left this port on Thursday for points on Bruce Peninsula with a cargo of freight and six passengers is missing and it is feared that she foundered, as no word has been received. She carried a crew of 11. She was last seen 27 miles up the coast, making fair progress in a very heavy sea.
Owen Sound, Ont., Nov. 27. -- Much anxiety is being felt for the safety of the steamer .J.H. JONES, with a passenger list and crew of about thirty people, which left here Thursday morning last, and was seen to pass Griffith Island and Cape Croker Lighthouse the same afternoon, but no word has since been received of her.
      Her owners think she is safe at Cockburn Island or Providence Bay, but on the account of the telegraph wires being down at those point nothing can be verified.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 27, 1906

      Steamer JONES Founders and 26 Persons Are Lost. Craft Was Unable to Withstand Storm.
Owen Sound, Ont., Nov. 27. -- All hope that the steamer J.H. JONES, missing since Thursday, was sheltered along the Georgian Bay coast, was abandoned today when word came from Penetang that Indians had found one of her boats on Christian Island with other wreckage.
      There were 26 persons aboard the JONES when she left here and more passengers may have been taken aboard before the disaster.
      The steamer, Captain Crawford, sailed from here last Thursday for point on Bruce Peninsula with a cargo of freight, and eight passengers. She carried a crew of 13.
      She was last seen 27 miles up the coast, making fair progress in a very heavy sea. Lyon's Head was her first port of call, and it was thought that the steamer had sought refuge in Providence Bay rather than attempt entering the Lyon's Head harbor in the gale that was then raging. The wires were all blown down by the storm, so earlier news of the missing boat could not be had.
      Wiarton, Ont. Nov. 27. -- The coasting steamer JONES, owned by the Crawford Tug Co., foundered off Cape Croker and all hands were lost. The crew were all from Wiarton. The JONES plied between Owen Sound and Manitoulin Island ports.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 28, 1906

Penetanguishene, Ont., Nov. 30. -- No bodies have yet been found from the lost steamer J.H. JONES. This fact was established on the return of the tug PENETANG from Christian Island. Capt. Cloutier reports finding books and papers showing that the vessel went down near the islands. Indians found two barrels of coal oil and some provisions, but no bodies. Two tugs are now at the islands and men are searching along the beach for bodies.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 30, 1906
Owen Sound, Dec. 1. -- It is now regarded as almost certain that the death list of the steamer JONES will exceed thirty. One of the victims is Isaac Ackerman, a young Polish Jew from here, who was on his way to Cockburn Island to bring down a load of junk.
Agent Smith is positive that an elderly lady, her married daughter and infant child booked passage for Providence Bay and are among the lost. The names cannot be learned because the wires are still doen.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 1, 1906

      Detroit, July 2 - The passenger stm. CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, which was sold here at auction some time ago, has passed into the hands of Georgian Bay parties and will be placed on the route of the ill-fated stm. JONES, between Wiarton and Manitoulin Island. The JONES was lost with her entire crew and passengers last fall. The GRAND RAPIDS has been renamed WIARTON.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 3, 1907 9-2

Steam screw J.H. JONES. Official Canada No. 90769. Of 152 tons gross; 98 tons reg. Built Goderich, Ont., 1888. Home port, Goderich, Ont. 107.0 x 21.4 x 9.5 Of 100 horsepower. Owned by The Crawford Tug Company, Wiarton, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1905

      Wreckage Ashore From Steamer JONES.
Wreckage supposed to be from the steamer Jones, which sank 0 Cape Croker seven years ago came ashore last week at little North Bay, between McGregor's Harbor and Cape Croker light house. Among the wreckage were three barrels of coal oil a firkin of lard, a bale of cotton, and some blankets. The paint was all rubbed off the barrels of coal oil but the name JONES was distinguished on the firkin of lard. A story was current that some wreckage from the steamer JANE MILLER which foundered in Colopoy s Bay thirty-two years ago had washed ashore but this is not correct. The JONES was known to have had several barrels of coal oil on board and it is almost certain that the other articles washed ashore were from the JONES also.
      Owen Sound Sun
      November 18, 1913

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J. H. Jones (Propeller), C90769, sunk, 22 Nov 1906