THE AVON AGROUND.
Last fall the propeller AVON was launched at Buffalo. On her maiden voyage., in attempting to enter the river, the AVON went ashore. On her arrival at Chicago, while moving about in the river, she again got into trouble of a minor nature, and once or twice since has succeeded in furnishing the marine reporters with an item. Saturday night she passed this port with the schooner G. S. HAZARD, both grain laden and bound for Buffalo. On nearing the Lime Kiln Crossing, the captain, or whoever was in charge, sighted the headlight of a locomotive
which stood On the Canada Southern track, the Queen's side. This was mistaken for Bois Blanc Light and the course of the steamer being shaped accordingly, resulted in her fetching up with a sudden stop on the Canadian shore, just short what is known as the Indian burial ground. She ran out about twenty-two inches forward, her keel resting on the wreck of the schooner JULIA, which sunk there with a load of stone. The HAZARD, which was In tow, ran on, striking the propeller and losing her jibboom and everything forward. Telegrams were immediately dispatched to this port for assistance and with that purpose in vied Capt. S. B. Grummond sought the Windsor Custom officials. In answer to his request to be allowed permission to send a tug to the assistance of the AVON they turned a deaf ear.
The Interview resulted in the resurrected wrecker PRINCE ALFRED being ordered, and by 5 o'clock in the afternoon she departed after having chartered two American lighters, which together with two others she towed to the crossing. On her arrival there her first efforts were directed to getting the schooner afloat, which she finally succeeded in doing about 11 o'clock that night. The work of lightening the propeller has begun In the meantime and yesterday after clearing her of a large share of her cargo, she was got afloat, apparently uninjured. Her cargo was returned to her at Malden, when she proceeded on her voyage to Buffalo.
Detroit Free Press
Tuesday, June 25, 1878
Steam screw AVON. U. S. No. 105733. Of 1702.33 tons gross; 1538.84 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1877. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 251.1 x 35.4 x 15.1. Of 500 nominal horse-power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885