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Blanch Shelby (Propeller), aground\sunk, 15 Oct 1885

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The narrow waters in the vicinity of Main Station Island also claimed the tug BLANCHE SHELBY. During the early morning darkness of Oct. 15, 1885 she left Howdenvale with a load of fish for Southampton and having entered the channel between Main Station and Burke Island struck a submerged rock. Captain Ed Currie had momentarily given the wheel to Mr. Charlton, a partner in the firm of Charlton & Bible, the owners, when the accident occurred. The BLANCHE SHELBY sank almost at once. All hands got clear of her just in time and escaped in the yawl boat to Main Station.
      Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes

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Reason: aground\sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.768333 Longitude: -81.309722
William R. McNeil
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Blanch Shelby (Propeller), aground\sunk, 15 Oct 1885