The schooner BELLE McPHEE was caught in an ice shove in Georgian Bay on Sunday which stove in some of her planks forward, heeling her over on her beam and carrying away her foremast. She then sunk in 50 fathoms of water, leaving scarcely time for the crew to take to the boats.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursday, May 11, 1876
Captain A. McFee of the three-masted schooner BELL McFEE, of Owen Sound arrived at Meaford, on Sunday, with the crew in a sail boat, and reports that his vessel was caught in an ice shove about one o'clock in the morning, eight miles north-west of Collingwood light house, which stove in some of her planks forward, keeling her over on her beam end, and carrying away her masts forerigging. She then sank in fifty fathoms of water, leaving scarcely any time for the crew to take to the boats, arrived at Meaford almost frozen, was owned by Mr. A. McFee Sr., Owen Sound, and valued at $10,000, insured for $6,000. She was loaded with 10,000 bushels of wheat, insured.
Barrie Northern Advance
May 11, 1876
SCHOONER LOST. -- Captain A. McFee of the schooner BELL McFEE with a cargo of 10,000 bushels of wheat, from Messrs. Ross Bros. of Leith, while on her way to this port on Sunday morning last, was caught in an ice shove, which stove in some of her planks, throwing her on her beam ends, carrying away her mast and fore-rigging. She immediately settled in about twenty fathoms of water. The crew had scarcely time to take to the boats. They arrived in Meaford during the morning, almost exhausted from cold and exposure. The BELL McFEE was owned in the Sound by Mr. A. McFee father of the captain, and was valued at $10,000. Insured for six. The cargo was aso, we learn, fully insured.
May 11, 1876
SUNK. -- Early last Sunday morning the schooner BELLE McFEE was caught in the ice about eight miles northeast of Collingwood Light-house, stove in and sunk in fifty fathoms of water. The crew barely escaped in the small boat, and arrived at Meaford nearly frozen. The schooner was owned by Mr. A. McFee, Sr., Owen Sound, valued at $10,000; insured for $6,000.
Friday, May 12, 1876
BELL McPHEE of Owen Sound, on Sunday morning, Sunk in 50 fathoms about 20 miles from Collingwood. She was built at Brooke in 1872 or 1873 and rebuilt in 1875 when a third mast was added. Her cargo was 10,020 bushels of wheat, she had been built by Captain McPhee.
May 15, 1876
BELL McPHEE, schooner of 121 tons reg. Foundered on May 7th 1876, while bound for Collingwood from Leigh. She was a three-masted vessel registered at Owen Sound. Built in 1872. Her foundering was caused by her being stoved in by ice while 8 miles north of the Nottawasaga Light. She was considered a total loss with an estimated value of $10,000 for the vessel and $10,000 for her cargo.
Dept. of Marine & Fisheries (Canada)
Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1876
BELL McPHEE 71182 (Canada) Built Owen Sound 1872 by Alexander McPhee, a three masted schooner, square stern, 121.59 tons register. 114 x 21 x 7.67/100
Notations -- Register closed May 16, 1876, Vessel foundered in May 1876.
Register of the Port of Owen Sound
National Archives, Ottawa, reel L 33716
LOSS OF THE BELLE McFEE -- SUFFERING OF THE CREW.
Meaford, May 7. 1876. -- Capt A. McFee, of the three masted schooner BELLE McFEE, of Owen Sound, arrived here this forenoon with the crew in a small boat, and reports that his vessel was cayught in the ice shove, about 1 o'clock this morning, eight miles northwest of Collingwood lighthouse, which stove in some of her planks forward, keeling her over on her beam end, and carrying away her masts and forerigging. She then sank in fifty fathoms of water, leaving scarcely time for the crew to take to the boats. They arrived here almost frozen. She was owned by Mr. A. McFee, Sr., Owen Sound, and valued at $10,000; insured for $6,000. She was loaded with 19,000 bushels of wheat from Ross Bros., Leigh, insured.
The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook