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Athabasca (Propeller), C85764, aground, 15 Oct 1909


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STEAMSHIP ATHABASCA IS HARD AND FAST ON THE ROCKS AT FLOWERPOT ISLAND.
Owen Sound, Ont., Oct. 15. -- Word was received here yesterday that the Canadian pacific steamer, ATHABASCA, is hard aground on Flower Pot Island, a small rocky ledge near the north end of Bruce peninsula. The bow of the ATHABASCA is high on the flat rock and the main part of the ship is afloat in about 15 fathoms of water.
      The crew of 56 men and a small passenger list, probable less than a dozen people, are still on board. Officers of the steamer ASSINABOIA of the same line, who sighted the wreck, are of the opinion that she can be saved unless the wind shifts and blows up hard.
      The ASSINABOIA ran close in to the shore but owing to the heavy sea was unable to get close enough to speak to the ATHABASCA or to attempt a rescue.
      The ASSINABOIA came through to Owen Sound with all possible speed and tugs were at once dispatched to the scene of the wreck.
      The ATHABASCA is one of the finest passenger and freight carrying steamers on the Great Lakes. She is 270 feet long and was built on the Clyde in 1886. She was under the command of captain Alexander Brown.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 15, 1909
     
     
     
     
      ATHABASCA RELEASED FROM FLOWER POT ROCKS.
Tobermory, Ont., Oct. 18. -- The wrecked Canadian Pacific steamer ATHABASCA was yesterday released from the rocks of Flowerpot Island by the tugs HARRISON and MAITLAND of Owen Sound. The forepart of the steamer's bottom is damaged where she rested on the rocks, but no other apparent damage was done. The steamer proceeded to Collingwood, accompanied by the HARRISON.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 18, 1909
     
     
     
      WHO IS TO BLAME FOR ATHABASCA WRECK.
Owen Sound, Ont., Oct. 19. -- The steamer ATHABASCA is in port awaiting repairs, but the responsibility for the accident is being shifted from one to another. The crew say the lighthouse keeper is responsible and the keeper alleges carelessness on the part of the ship's crew. Captain Brown would say nothing to the press, but he told Capt. Williscroft of Tobermory that Wednesday night was one of the wildest he has ever experienced. It was snowing hard when they went ashore, making it impossible for them to see the light from the lighthouse. Had the fog-bell been going, as it should have been, the accident would not have occurred. Daniel Smith, the lighthouse keeper, "says it was not necessary to keep the fog horn going as the snowfall was only in short squalls."
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 19, 1909
     
     
     
      CONFUSED HELMSMAN PUT ATHABASCA ON ROCKS.
Collingwood, Ont., Nov. 19. -- Before a marine Board of inquiry which sat here to investigate the stranding of the Canadian Pacific steamer ATHABASCA on Flower Pot Island, October 31, capt. Brown testified the accident was due to the helmsman confusing his orders and turning the wheel to port instead of starboard. The Second Officers corroborated Capt. Brown, and the helmsman also admitted his mistake. The Commissioners will give their decision at Montreal.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 19, 1909
     

Screw steamer ATHASBASCA. Official Canada No. 85764. Of 2,268 gross tons; 1,514 tons register. Built in 1883 at Kelvinhaugh, G. B. Home port, Montreal, Que. 262.8 x 38.2 x 23.2 Owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Register of the
      Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1905


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1909
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McN.W.22737
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Athabasca (Propeller), C85764, aground, 15 Oct 1909