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Acadia (Propeller), C77697, aground, 4 Nov 1896

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      The ACADIA is Nine Days Overdue on Lake Superior.
      Hamilton, Ont., Nov. 13. - R. 0. and A. R. McKay, owners of the steamer ACADIA, now nine days overdue on Lake Superior, give out the following list of the crew so far as known here:
John Clifford, master; James H. Brown, chief engineer; John Hughson, second engineer; Thomas Collins, first mate; Stephen Saxby, second mate; John Grant, wheelman; -- Toutin, wheelman; George Heard, fireman; Williams, fireman; George Friend, purser; Annie Perkins, cook; Thomas Saxby, deckhand.
There are five others in the crew whose names are not known.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, November 13, 1896
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      Her Crew Of Seventeen Persons Succeed In Making The Shore.
The missing Canadian steamer ACADIA has at last been heard from. She lies upon the rocks near Michipicoten River, on the east shore of Lake Superior, a total wreck. Capt. Clifford and two of the steamer's crew reached Sault Ste. Marie last night in a small boat belonging to the Canadian Lighthouse Department. Of the remainder of the crew, two were left behind to watch the steamer and twelve at Capt. Gargantua. The ACADIA left Fort William of Wednesday, November 4, with a cargo of 20,000 bushels of wheat. Heavy weather was encountered on the following day and the steamer headed for Michipicoten River and shelter. While en route a heavy snowstorm set in, and at 10 o'clock that night the ACADIA ran upon the rocks. The seas increased as the storm progressed, and the crew came ashore in the steamer's small boats after stocking them with a supply of provisions and bedding.
      There was no habitation within many miles of the point of landing, and as the weather continued very cold much suffering had to be endured by the shipwrecked party. At the end of two days the weather moderated. Leaving two men to watch the steamer, the remaining fifteen got into two yawl-boats and started for the nearest port, well laden with provisions. Cape Gargantua was reached on the night of November 7. There ten of the crew were left with a supply of provisions and Capt. Clifford with four men embarked in the lighthouse sailboat for Sault Ste. Marie. Near Mamainse Point heavy weather made another landing necessary. The desolate character of the country continued and the provisions ran low. But fortunately a settlement was discovered and a supply of food obtained. Yesterday morning another start was made and Sault Ste. Marie reached. Capt. Clifford is afraid that the party left at Cape Gargantua will suffer from hunger if a rescue party is not immediately sent to them. Capt. Clifford and the two men left Sault Ste. Marie on a tug today for the scene of disaster, and on the way will pick up the men left at Cape Gargantua.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      November 14, 1896

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      The Steamer Went Ashore in the Michipicoten River and Will be a Total Loss.
      Crew Rescued.
      Hamilton, Ont., Nov. 14. -- The missing steamer ACADIA, about the safety of which grave fears were entertained, has been heard from. A telegram from Sault Ste. Marie says the steamer went ashore in the Michipicoten River and will be a total wreck. Her crew got ashore and are all safe and on their way home.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, November 14, 1896
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      Sault Ste. Marie, November 17. -- The wrecking tug FAVORITE which arrived here tonight from the stranded steamer ACADIA, at Michipicton River, reports both steamer and her cargo are a total loss, with no salvage worth saving. Capt. Clifford returned with the FAVORITE. The remainder of the crew, who have been camping on shore for two weeks since the ACADIA went ashore, was brought down on the steamer TILLEY.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      November 18, 1896

Steam screw ACADIA. Official Canada No. 77697. Of 806 tons gross; 509 tons Reg. Built Hamilton, Ont., 1867. Home port, Hamilton, Ont. 176.6 x 25.0 x 10.4 Owned by J.W. Sutherland, of S. Norwich, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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Acadia (Propeller), C77697, aground, 4 Nov 1896