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Henry C. Daryaw (Propeller), aground, 21 Nov 1941

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      Think Fireman Of Collier HENRY C. DARYAW, Trapped In Boiler Room.
      Brockville, Nov. 21. -(Special) - Eighteen members of the collier HENRY C. DARYAW, were saved and a fireman, Robert Groteau, 29, of Montbello, Que., was believed drowned when the craft, a collier carrying 1,200 tons of coal, foundered in a fog on a shoal six miles west of here at 5:30 A. M., and rests on the bottom of the St. Lawrence River with only a portion of her bow sticking above the water 100 yards from shore.
      Groteau was believed to have been trapped in the boiler room, and Provincial police have started operations in an effort to recover the body.
      The DARYAW was en-route from Sodus, N. Y., to Dalhousie, N. B., to enter the coastal trade for the winter. After she struck the shoal, the engine was reversed and the boat worked off the obstruction, but immediately filled and sank. She was in charge of Captain Hyacinth LaTraverse, Montreal.
      The crew jumped to the shoal and into the icy water. One lifeboat was salvaged from the collier and with this six men at a time were rowed ashore. When all, excepting Groteau, were ashore, they made their way to No. 2 Highway and hitch-hiked to Brockville.
      The crew included H. Daryaw, son of the owner, and a craneman; Aurillen Labbe, First mate; Louis Labbe, LeClairville, Que.: Seraphine Traversy, Second mate: Lucien and Bruneoux Boisevert; Albert Blanchett: Arthur Traversy, Pierreville: Charles Cobb, Portsmouth: Rene Binis and Jene Gautier, Montebello: Vincent Pratt, Sidney, N. S.: Germain Robillard, cook: Nero Dufour, cook and Arthur Petit, Chief engineer, of Montreal: Harry Nee, Second engineer, and Joseph Garrah, Kingston.
      The DARYAW was built at Grand Quevilly, France in 1919 and was brought to this country by the Tree Line Navigation Company about 30 years ago and renamed OAKBAY with registry at Montreal. It was later purchased by the Daryaw's and renamed. It is 219 feet long, beam of 35 feet and of 1,265 tons.
      Toronto Telegram
      November 21, 1941

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      Freighter HENRY C. DARYAW Had Been Loaned To British Shipping Ministry.
      Brockville, Nov. 21. - One man is believed to have drowned when the lake freighter HENRY C. DARYAW sank in 300 feet of water near the Brockville Narrows early today. The missing man is Robert Groteau, 29, of Montobello, Que., a fireman who was trapped in the boiler room.
      Marine authorities at Kingston say the DARYAW, recently taken over by the British Shipping Ministry, was on her way to the Atlantic coast with a cargo of coal from Sodus, N. Y. Shortly after she reached the St. Lawrence River, a heavy fog made visibility almost nil and the skipper was forced to feel his way along the narrow stretch of water.
      About 4 A. M. the vessel struck a shoal. The engines were reversed and the ship managed to free herself, but sank almost immediately. All but one of the 19 man crew managed to reach the Canadian shore safely. The DARYAW was in command of Capt. H. Latraverse, of Montreal.
      Some of the crew jumped on the shoal and other into the water. One lifeboat was salvaged from the collier and with this, six men at a time were rowed ashore. When all were ashore, with the exception of Groteau, they made their way to No. 2 highway and hitch-hiked to Brockville. There circumstances of the wreck were related to the police, while the men dried their clothes and warmed themselves.
      Captain Latraverse would not discuss the incident and ordered his crew to be silent. He had been master of the boat only two weeks.
      The ship is a total loss, Marine authorities say. Formerly the OAKBAY of the Tree Line Navigation Company, the DARYAW was purchased about three years ago by Henry C. Daryaw of Kingston. The ship along with two others, were turned over to the British Shipping Ministry for Winter use in the coastal trade, and was to be returned in the Spring.
      Among those on board were Henry Daryaw, Kingston, son of the owner; Charles Cobb, Portsmouth; Harry Pettit and Joseph Garrah, both of Kingston.
      The HENRY C. DARYAW was built at Grand Quevilly, France, in 1919, was brought to this country about 20 years ago, and renamed the OAKBAY, purchased by Daryaw it was renamed again.
      Toronto Star
      November 21, 1941

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HENRY C. DARYAW, a bulk freighter of 1265 gross tons. Canadian Registration No. 150837. Built Grand Quevilly, France in 1919 as MARINER, became OAKBAY in 1923. of 219' length x 35' breadth x 13' depth of hold. Wrecked near Brockville, Ont. November 20, 1941.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930

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      November 21, 1941 the HENRY C. DARYAW, registered at the port of Montreal, struck the Buoy Shoal in the St. Lawrence River, five miles west of Brockville. She was of 694 tons register. Canadian Reg. No. 150837.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualties
      for 1941. Dept. of Transport

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Location of wreck at Buoy Shoal #21, 5 miles west of Brockville. (in 1972)
      N 44 degrees, 31 minutes, 34 seconds
      W 75 degrees, 45 minutes, 45 seconds
      Wreck lies upside down in about 80 feet of water with 45 feet over the wreck, hull has a gash on her starboard side extending almost a third of her length. Hull was supported at one end on the shoal and the other end on shore with deep water below her.

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 44.58341 Longitude: -75.68264
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Henry C. Daryaw (Propeller), aground, 21 Nov 1941