Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alexandria (Steamboat), aground, 5 May 1890
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Steamer ALEXANDRIA which left here last night went ashore on a rock near Jackstraw Light about two miles below Gananoque. She will have to be lightened before an attempt is made to get her off. The rock she ran on is the only one in that part of the river mentioned. Early this morning Capt. Smith arrived in the city and was rowed to Garden Island by T. Clancy. He engaged the steamer HIRAM A. CALVIN to go to the assistance of the ALEXANDRIA. She left about 7:00. After the ALEXANDRIA ran on the rock the steamer PRINCESS LOUISE ran alongside of her and then went to Gananoque. The steamer is in bad condition being about one and a half feet out forward. She was going at full speed when she struck. Her cargo is a heavy one. It is thought she sustained a great deal of damage.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      May 6, 1890

      The steamer ALEXANDRIA passed here this morning bound for Picton where she will go on the ways for repairs. The steamer HIRAM A. CALVIN and CHIEFTAN pulled her off. She had several planks smashed and three frames are gone. She was patched up so as to be able to get to Picton. Her owner A.W. Hepburn has a shipyard at that point.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      May 7, 1890

Steamer ALEXANDRIA was damaged to the extent of $600 by running on a rock at Jackstraw Light.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      May 9, 1890

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.33342 Longitude: -76.16607
William R. McNeil
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Alexandria (Steamboat), aground, 5 May 1890