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Munson (Dredge), sunk, 29 Apr 1890

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Yesterday morning the dredge MUNSON of Belleville, which spent some days dredging for the launching of the barge MINNEDOSA, left for the bay city in tow of two small tugs. She had been leaking before leaving but it was thought that it would not amount to much. When opposite Lemoine's Point and when the crew least expected it, she sank to the bottom, in about 100 feet of water. The tow lines were cut in order to save the tugs. The dredge went down beam end's first. The cook, in the kitchen at the time making preparations of dinner, was told to come up but before he had run to the stairway the vessel was under water. The fellow went down but soon came up and was rescued by the crew in an exhausted state. He stated afterwards that the suction from the dredge going down kept him from coming to the surface. He had to wait until she reached the bottom. A lot of timber on her deck came up after she sank.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      April 30, 1890

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      Kingston, May 1. -- The dredge MUNSON owned by E.A. Munson of Cobourg sank yesterday. The calamity was very sudden, as four minutes after the craft was seen to be in trouble, she sank like a stone. The three men who were on board were saved, although one of them, Wm. Green of this city, was carried down 35 feet. Loss estimated at $15,000 on which there is no insurance. As the water is 130 feet deep where the accident happened the prospect of recovering anything from the wreck is very doubtful.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 2, 1890

It is likely an attempt will be made to raise the fredge MUNSON, sunk off Lemoine's Point.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      May 12, 1890

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
William R. McNeil
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Munson (Dredge), sunk, 29 Apr 1890