The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bertie Calkins (Schooner), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1911

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      Steamer SICKEN Came Along Just in Time to Save the BERTIE CALKINS
The steamer M. SICKEN that is working on the steamer MILLS to effect her release from
Ford Shoals picked up the schooner BERTIE CALKINS about fifteen miles off the north shore Thursday night in a sinking condition. The CALKINS left here with a cargo of 400 tons of coal from the D. L. & W. trestle bound for Belleville, and the SICKEN was on her way back here to load coal for Trenton when the crew saw the CALKINS signaling for help and the captain went to her.
The CALKINS was almost deckto and the crew were worn out trying to keep her free from water by pumping. The water was steadily gaining in the hold and if it had not been for the fact that the SICKEN came along she would probably have foundered.
It is said that bucking into a head sea on the trip across opened up some of the seams in the top sides of the schooner. She will discharge her cargo at Belleville and then be re-caulked.
This afternoon the steamer M. SICKEN left for the scene of the wreck and will try to get
the MILLS off. In that event the steamer will be taken to Kingston for repairs.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Monday, August 11, 1922

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Bertie Calkins (Schooner), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1911