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Richelieu (Steamboat), C33476., sunk, 4 Oct 1901

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Kingston, Ontario, Oct. 2. -- The steamer RICHELIEU shifted her cargo today and sunk almost immediately. Her crew and passengers were saved, but had a narrow escape.
      Assorted Newspaper Clippings
      October 2, 1901
      Kingston, Ont., Oct. 5. -- The steamer RICHELIEU, whose sinking was reported yesterday, lies in 100 feet of water off Welburn's point, near the Brothers Islands, about seven miles from this city. She was under charter to the Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Steamboat Company, and on her way from Picton to Kingston with sixty tons of tomatoes, consigned to a Rochester, N. Y. firm. Long swells were rolling as the RICHELIEU entered the lower gap. Suddenly the steamer gave a lurch to one side, the cargo shifted, and the vessel began to fill rapidly.
      The member of the crew were on deck in an instant, two lifeboats were swung out, and all on board the doomed vessel jumped into them. They were hatless and coatless in most instances, the party, eleven of the crew, and one passenger, a Montreal commercial traveler, rowed to Kingston.
      The RICHELIEU was an iron sidewheel steamer of 68 net tons measurement. She had a valuation of $8,500 in the Canadian register.
      Assorted newspaper Clippings
      October 3, 1901
      The Donnolly Wrecking Company has lifted the foundered steamer RICHELIEU from the Bay of Quinte and towed her to Kingston.
      Marine Record
      October 20, 1901

Paddle wheel steamer RICHELIEU. Official Canada No. 33476. Of 125 tons gross; 68 tons register. Built Montreal, Que., 1845. Home port, Ottawa, Ont. 130.0 x 17.9 x 7.1 Owned by S, Filgate, of Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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William R. McNeil
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Richelieu (Steamboat), C33476., sunk, 4 Oct 1901