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The report comes from the Upper Peninsula that Friday night the steamer GENERAL WOLSELY, bound here to Dyers Bay, caught fire and burned to the waters edge near Cape Croker. She ran ashore and the crew escaped.
Port Huron Daily Times
Saturday, September 11, 1886
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Perhaps the shortest lived of the Georgian Bay coastal steamers was the sidewheeler GENERAL WOLSELEY. Within two years of her launch at Oakville on Lake Ontario she came to grief on the Bruce Peninsula.
On the evening of Sept. 8, 1886 the GENERAL WOLSELEY left Owen Sound with passengers and freight for Dyers Bay. A stiff breeze from the west forced her to haul inshore as Capt Croker was approached and as she did so the engine broke down, The anchor was immediately put down and attempts begun to repair the machinery. During the night a big sea began running from the north and when the anchor chain parted the WOLSELEY drifted into the beach. It was immediately decided to scuttle her in shallow water in the hope of preventing major damage. The cargo was immediately carried ashore.
The next morning the southbound steamer W.M. ALDERSON spotted the stranded sidewheeler and came in to pick up her passengers and crew. As she did so smoke was seen issuing from the half sunk WOLSELEY and before anything could be done she was an inferno of flames. She was quickly reduced to a smouldering hulk. The fire was alleged to have been caused by the breaking of a coal-oil lamp.
Perhaps it was more than coincidence that the GENERAL WOLSELEY was insured against stranding for $3,000 and against fire for $4,000.
from Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
by Patrick Folkes
ex steamer PRINCESS OF WALES ??
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