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Jean Bart (Barge), sunk ?, 21 Aug 1884

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      The JEAN BART Goes to the Bottom with 250 Tons of Coal - Experience of a River Tow.
The tug CARIBOU, of Montreal, left this port about 12 o'clock last night with five barges in tow loaded with coal and bound for river ports. The tug returned to the harbor about 10:30 this morning, with but four barges, and reported that the other one, the Jean Bart, filled with water and was abandoned by her crew about 12 miles out.
It appeared that shortly after leaving port the wind shifted to the north and subsequently to the northwest, and raised considerable sea. Three of the CARIBOU's tow are, what are known as "pine flat" barges, square at both ends, and having the appearance of having been built by the mile and then cut off into convenient lengths. They are owned by Montreal parties but are under charter of Hannan Bros.
When the sea commenced to make up, the BART, which had on board 250 tons of coal, sprung a leak. The seas broke over her and she filled rapidly. The crew deserted her and were taken on board another barge. The unfortunate craft was then cut adrift. it was then discovered that another barge was leaking, and when there were twenty inches of water in the hold the crew left.
The captain of the tug ordered them to go back on board the barge and work the pumps. They obeyed, and he succeeded in bringing the tow safely back to the harbor. The JEAN BART had not disappeared when she was cast off and when the CARIBOU arrived in port the tug CHARLEY FERRIS was immediately dispatched in search of her.
      Oswego Palladium
      Friday, August 22, 1884

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Reason: sunk ?
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Jean Bart (Barge), sunk ?, 21 Aug 1884