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Ontario (Propeller), C71211, aground, 10 Aug 1899

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The old steamer ONTARIO, owned by John Cornwall, David McDonald and others of Port Huron. went ashore near Rossport, Ontario on Thursday forenoon and is a total wreck. The steamer went on the beach in a dense fog and immediately began to break up. Her crew were rescued. The steamer had in tow the WAWANOSH, owned by Sarnia parties and the EUREKA owned by W.D. Ragan of this city. The WAWANOSH reached Rossport and a tug rescued the EUREKA. The vessels were bound for Nipigon, Ontario for a load of pulpwood for the Sulphite Fibre Works of this port.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, August 11, 1899

      Steamer ONTARIO, stranded at Jackfish [Bay], lake Superior on August 10, 1899. Owned by John Cornwell of Sombra, Ont. Of 1,200 tons. Approx. Value $12,000.
      Casualty List for 1899 [ total loss ]
      Marine Review
      December 21, 1899
propeller ONTARIO. Official Canadian Number 71211. Of 1,388 gross tons; 910 tns reg. Built at Chatham, Ont., in 1874. Home port, Sarnia, Ont. 181.0 x 35.0 x 12.2 Owned by the North-West Transport Co., Sarnia, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Register of the
      Dominion of Canada on dec. 31, 1898
      Propeller ONTARIO. Official canadian Number 71211. Of 1338 tons gross. Built at Chatham, Ont., in 1874. passenger service. 181 x 35 x 12 Disposition -- Wrecked at Rockport, Ont., 11th. August 1899.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      Inland and Coastal, 1809 to 1930

NOTE : -- The above is in error. the position should have read Rossport, Ont. The ONTARIO stranded on Battle Island, near Rossport, lake Superior.

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $12,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.78731 Longitude: -86.95855
William R. McNeil
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Ontario (Propeller), C71211, aground, 10 Aug 1899