The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gargantua (Barge), abandoned, 1952

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Late in the autumn of 1952, the old steamer GARGANTUA, her machinery removed, was under tow on Georgian Bay, bound for the North Channel where she was to be used as a lumber barge. In heavy seas off Cabot Head, she sprang a leak, forcing the tug to take her into nearby Wingfield Basin. The GARGANTUA remained here during the following winter and although there was every expectation that her owners would return for her in the spring, they never did, perhaps because the hull was strained. Settling to the bottom she became a permanent fixture in the northern corner of the Basin. Most of the hull, was above water, and during the next two decades grass sprouted between her deck planks. In 1971, the wreck took fire and much of the deck was burned away.
      A Diver's Guide to Georgian Bay
      by Art Amos & Patrick Folkes
NOTE: The GARGANTUA, a propeller was built at Chippewa, Ont., in 1923, was still visible under water in Wingfield Basin in the Spring of 2000.


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Reason: abandoned
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.244166 Longitude: -81.297777
William R. McNeil
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Gargantua (Barge), abandoned, 1952