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Herald (Propeller), C61138, sunk, 14 Apr 1876


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DISASTER AND RESCUE OF THE CREW. --The- Toronto Globe has the following under date of Port Stanley, April 14th:
This afternoon the steam barge HERALD, of Montreal, Captain Holley, loaded with coal, came to anchor off this port, being in a leaky condition and not steering well. Her captain was afraid to enter the harbor, and fearing she would sink, the crew took to the boats and tried to come ashore, but before they had got half way to land their boat swamped, there being a heavy sea running at the time. Their dangerous situation was seen from the shore by Captain Pollock, who at once launched the life-boat of the propeller ALMA MONRO, which was quickly manned by a volunteer crew. They succeeded in taking all of the crew off the swamped boat except the captain, who, it appears, could not get into the boat before the wind and sea swept her to leeward. The life-boat then landed the rescued men and tried to return for the captain, but, before they could get her through the breakers, Captain Holley, who had held fast to the boat, which in the meantime had capsized, had drifted to within one hundred feet from the shore. Captain Sweeney and Mr. D. McAllister now took a line and waded out and succeeded in getting hold of Captain Holley, and brought him ashore in a very exhausted condition. Too much praise cannot be awarded to all of those brave men who so nobly risked their lives in trying to save the perishing crew, which they succeeded in doing. The steam barge is still at anchor about a mile from the harbor, and will be brought in as soon as the wind and weather permit, if she does not sink in the meantime. If there had been no life-boat here, the probability is the whole crew would have perished.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, April 17, 1876



      THE WRECK OF THE BARGE HERALD. -- We have received the following: Port Stanley, April 17.
      Eds. Herald: Will you please note in your marine column that the wreck of the steam barge HERALD lies one mile southwest of Port Stanley harbor, her masts well out of water. R. Hawley, Master.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, April 20, 1876
     
     
     
     
      The barge HERALD, which sank a mile from Port Stanley last April, was raised and taken into that harbor Saturday morning by the wrecking barque MONITOR.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, July 6, 1876
     
     
NOTE: -- Ex JENNIE BRISCOE, wrecked Port Stanley 1884.


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Tbe steam barge HERALD, of Montreal, 46 tons register, sprand a leak in April last wbile on a voyage from Cleveland, Ohio, to Port Stanley, with a cargo of coal.
The crew succeeded in bringing the vessel to anchor off Port Stanley, but, as she did not steer ,well, owing to her leaky condition, the master was afraid to enter the harbour, and, fearing she would sink, the crew took to the boats and tried to come ashore, but before they got half way to land their boat swamped, there being a heavy sea running at the time. The dangerous situation of the crew was seen from the shore by Capt. Pollock, who at once launched the life-boat of the propeller ALMA MUNRO, which was quickly manned by a volunteer crew, as follows, viz: Captain Pollock, James Williams, Charles Landers, William Barrett, Patrick Gorman and Daniel May, all good sailors. They succeeded in taking all the crew off the swamped boat except the captain, wbo, it appears, could not get into the life-boat before the wind and sea swept her to leeward, The life-boat then landed the rescued men, and tried to return for the captain, but, before they could get her through the breakers, Capt. Holley, who had held fast to the boat, which in the meantime had capsized, had drifted to within 100 feet of the shore. A Captain Sweeney and a Mr. D. McAllister now took a line and waded out and succeeded in getting hold of captain Holley and brought him ashore in a very exhausted condition. Much praise is due to all these brave men who so nobly risked their lives in trying to save the perishing crew, and it was stated they succeeded. The vessel eventually foundered in about thirty feet of water; and it was stated that she was not properly caulked. She was a wooden vessel, built in 1870 and was valued at $5,000. The cargo was estimated at $900.
      Sessional Papers Canada (No 5) A. 1877
     
     
     

      JENNIE BRISCOE * Built 1870 Bulk propeller -- Wood
U.S. No. 75203 103 gt - nt 85.0 x 23.0 x 4.6
      * Renamed (b) HERALD - Can - 1871 (C 61138)
Wrecked at Port Stanley, Ont.,
      Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1876
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McN.W.22051
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Herald (Propeller), C61138, sunk, 14 Apr 1876