The Manitoulin Expositor relates that on Sunday, the 16th, about 5 o'clock in the morning, the steamer CITY OF OWEN SOUND ran on a rock some ten miles off Gore bay. She had 80,000 bushels of wheat on, and was going at full speed when the accident occurred. The MANITOULIN, being on the down trip, heard the cry of distress and hastened to the rescue. About 6,000 bushels of grain were trans-shipped from the CITY to the MANITOULIN. This occupied all of Sunday and half of Monday, and then the MANITOULIN hitched on and did her prettiest, but all in vain, 2,000 bushels had to be cast into the water, and it was not until 2 P. M. Monday that she succeeded in rescuing her larger sister from her perilous position. Owing to the rudder of the CITY refusing to act, the MANITOULIN had to tow her into Gore Bay. The sea was running very high and the wind blowing almost a gale at the time, and it was generally conceded that the CITY got off not one moment too soon. Too much cannot be said in behalf of the captains in charge; their coolness and judgment were exemplified in almost every move.
Tuesday, November 1, 1881
CITY OF OWEN SOUND. official Canadian Number, 71181. Built at Owen Sound in 1875, rebuilt 1888 and again rebuilt in 1896 and renamed at Kingston as SATURN. Of 72 x 31 x 13, of 883 tons in 1896. DISPOSITION. -- Sank near Southampton, Ont., on Sept. 17, 1901.
Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Seamships
Inland & Coastal. 1809 to 1930
Stean screw SATURN. * Official Canadian No. 71181. Of 731.77 tons gross; 497.61 tons reg. Built at Owen Sound, Ont., in 1875 by John Simpson. Owned by Collins Bay Rafting Co. 172.0 x 31.0 x 13.0 Engine by Oill & Co. of St. Catharines, Ont. dia 30", stroke 36" and 30 horse power.
* Former name CITY OF OWEN SOUND. [Name changed Feb. 14, 1896]
Port of Toronto Shipping Register
National Archives, Ottawa. R G. 12 A 1, Vol. 453