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Lewis Hotchkiss (Barge), C, sunk, 27 Aug 1891

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Port Huron, Aug. 28. -- The tug WALES let go her tow out in Lake Huron last night and arrived here in a sinking condition. She is now at Sarnia being pumped out. Her tow is adrift outside and the wind is blowing a gale from the northwest.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, August 28, 1891
When the tug WALES sprung a leak on Lake Huron she was obliged to cast the big lumber barge HOTCHKISS adrift. The barge soon thereafter commenced to break up, and her crew of seven men abandoned her and took to the boat, and after a hard struggle reached land near Port Blane, Ont. The decks of the barge broke up and the wreckage is now drifting around Lake Huron about ten miles off shore. The hull is supposed to have filled and sunk, and will prove a total loss. The HOTCHKISS was built at Collingwood in 1871 for a lumber concern which still retained the ownership. She measured 1,000 net tons, rated B 1½ and was valued at $20,000.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, September 2, 1891

The Mammoth barge HOTCHKISS, the property of A.H. Campbell of Toronto, was wrecked in Lake Huron on Thursday night. She was being towed, lumber laden, by the tug WALES. The 7 crewmen managed to take to the boat in the gale and managed to reach land near Port Blake.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 2, 1891

A private dispatch says the barge HOTCHKISS has gone ashore near Goderich. Nothing has been learned regarding her condition
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 3, 1891

      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
      In the gale of Thursday the Canadian tug WALES was caught on Georgian bay with the big barge L. HATCHKISS, lumber laden, in tow. The tug was compelled to abandon her tow. It is thought that the barge, which was also abandoned later by her crew, will prove a total loss. The barge registered 1,000 tons and was owned by the Muskoka Lumber Company.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891

LEWIS HOTCHKISS, Large schooner of 1001 tons reg. totally wrecked 20 to 25 miles west of Goderich in 1891, while bound from Muskoka Mills to Buffalo N.Y.
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries
      Statement of Wreck for 1891

"LEWIS HOTCHKISS" schooner of 1000 tons, built by Morrell at Collingwood in 1870, owned by Hotchkiss & Co. Port of hail-Collingwood. Valued at $I5,OOO. Classed as a Lake Barge B 2 *last inspection on March 1875
      Association of Canadian Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Registry 1873

A careful search has failed to reveal anything of the missing barge HOTCHKISS save a few planks of her cargo. It is said she was altogether too lightly constructed for a vessel of her size. She has undoubtedly gone to pieces.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, September 11, 1891
Barge LEWIS HOTCHKISS. [no number] Of 1001 tons register. Built Collingwood, Ont., 1871. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 205.0 x 36.8 x 13.0 Owned by Muskoka Mill and Lumber Co/., Toronto.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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Lewis Hotchkiss (Barge), C, sunk, 27 Aug 1891