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St. Andrew (Propeller), C90694, aground, 20 Sep 1900


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Port Arthur, Ont., Sept. 21. - The crew of the Canadian steamer St. ANDREWS was brought here today by the tug GEORGINA, the steamer having been wrecked yesterday morning on Blanchard Island [Bachand Island], near Black Bay. The St. ANDREWS was bound to Port Arthur from Jack Fish, without cargo. After stranding on the island, the vessel quickly filled and slid off the rocks into deep water. The crew did not even save their clothes, so swiftly came the end after the steamer struck the rocks. It is considered lucky that all succeeded in escaping before the boat went down.
      The lost boat was formerly the Canadian steamer W. B. HALL, which was wrecked in Georgian Bay several years ago and then rebuilt. She was owned by Playfair & Co., of Midland.
      She was commanded by Capt. Featherstonebaugh, who had an interest in the boat. Since being rebuilt the St. ANDREWS has traded regularly to Port Arthur, carrying coal and taking grain. She had a capacity of 40,000 bushels of wheat, and was worth about $50,000.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      September 22, 1900


      THE OLD W. B. HALL.
      As The Rebuilt ST. ANDREW, She Is Totally Wrecked On Superior.
      Port Arthur, Ont., Sept. 21. - The crew of the Canadian steamer St. ANDREWS was brought here today by the tug GEORGINA, the steamer having been wrecked yesterday morning on Blanchard Island [Bachand Island], near Black Bay. The St. ANDREWS was bound to Port Arthur from Jack Fish, without cargo. After stranding on the island, the vessel quickly filled and slid off the rocks into deep water. The crew did not even save their clothes, so swiftly came the end after the steamer struck the rocks. It is considered lucky that all succeeded in escaping before the boat went down.
      The lost boat was formerly the Canadian steamer W. B. HALL, which was wrecked in Georgian Bay several years ago and then rebuilt. She was owned by Playfair & Co., of Midland.
      She was commanded by Capt. Featherstonebaugh, who had an interest in the boat. Since being rebuilt the St. ANDREWS has traded regularly to Port Arthur, carrying coal and taking grain. She had a capacity of 40,000 bushels of wheat, and was worth about $50,000.
      Kingston, September 21. -- The lost steamer ST. ANDREW, which went down in Lake Superior yesterday, was bound to Fort William for a cargo of wheat for Richardson & Sons, of this city. She was without cargo at the time. The boat was owned by James Playfair and Capt. Featherhaugh, of Hamilton, and was well insured.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 22, 1900

NOTE. - St. Andrews Island lies close to Bachand Island, which is given as the wreck site in some publications ?


Capt. Joseph Kidd, the vessel surveyor, has gone to Blanchard Island, near Black Bay, about 100 miles northeast of Port Arthur, to investigate the wreck of the Canadian steamer St. ANDREW. The St. ANDREW was owned by the firm of Playfair & Co., of Midland, and was reported wrecked about September 20. It is said that a part of the wreck is visible, and Capt. Kidd will investigate and report for the underwriters.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 10, 1900
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Capt. Joseph Kidd, who went to Gull Island, opposite Blanchard Island, about 15 miles east of Port Arthur, to investigate the wreck of the Canadian steamer St. ANDREW, says that the boat appears to be a total loss. She lies in ten fathoms of water and her upper works are gone. The point at which the vessel went down is exposed and Capt. Kidd says it would not be a favorable place for wrecking opoerations.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 13, 1900


The wooden propeller W. B. HALL measured 157.6 x 27.9 x 12.4, gross 608 and register 437 eons. She was bulls at St. Catharines in 1885 by Lewis Shickluna for William B. Hall of Toronto. Her engine was transferred from the 75 ton tug W. T. ROBB built at Stromness in April, 1865, by George Hardison for Wm. Hall of Dunnville.
James Playfair of Midland bought the W. B. HALL in 1896 after deciding to enter the grain trade between Fort William and the lower lakes. He had her lengthened, but not repowered, by the Owen Sound Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., whose dry dock had been built with masonry in 1874 by Captain John Simpson, the veteran Owen Sound builder of wooden ships. This dock measured 280 ft. on the blocks, and 300 ft. over all.
Mr. Playfair renamed the vessel ST. ANDREW, and her new dimensions were 192.6 x 41 x 12.4, gross 1113, register 722 tons. She did not possess ballast tanks. Her capacity was 40,000 bushels of wheat, and she was valued at $50,000. Captain Featherstonehaugh became financially interested and was given command. She traded to Port Arthur, carrying coal and taking grain.
On the morning of September 20th, 1900, she cleared light from Jackfish on Lake Superior, bound to Fort William for a cargo of wheat consigned to Richardson and Sons, Kingston. She stranded on Blanchard Island at the entrance to Nipigon Strait, then quickly filled and slid off the rocks into deep water. There was no loss of life. Her crew made their escape to Blachard Island, but all their belongings sank with the steamer, which was fully insured. The tug GEORGINA took the crew to Port Arthur on the following day.
Blachard Island is half a mile long, north south, and one quarter mile wide. A very shoal and rocky bank extends off the south part southeasterly 1 I/4 cables, beyond which there are eight fathoms and deeper.
Inalnd Seas
      Fall 1954 p. 218


Steam screw St. ANDREW. Official Canada No. 90694. Of 1113 tons gross; 722 tons reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1885. Home port, Owen Sound. 157.6 x 27.9 x 12.4. Owned by J. Waldi, Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of
      the Dominion of Canada, on Dec., 31, 1898


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1900
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McN.W.18941
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.665555 Longitude: -88.461944
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William R. McNeil
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St. Andrew (Propeller), C90694, aground, 20 Sep 1900