The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Belle Wilson (Propeller), C80953, sunk, 8 Aug 1888

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The steambarge BELLE WILSON was totally wrecked off Thunder Bay, Lake Huron during a terrific storm on the 8th. At 8:00 in the evening she began leaking, the water kept increasing, washing fore and aft. The crew let go the pumps at 9 o'clock and took to the boats. She sunk 15 minutes afterwards. The Captain and crew were picked up in an exhausted condition by the barge DRAKE and taken to port. She was bound for Algomah with coal.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, August 11, 1888

Steam screw freighter BELLE WILSON. Official Canada No. 80953. Of 186 gross tons. Built Picton, Ont., 1881. 103 x 24 x 10. DISPOSITION:- Sank Georgian Bay, August 8, 1888
      Provisional List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1830 to 1935

Screw steamer BELL WILSON. Official Canada No. 80953. Of 185 gross tons; 119 tons register. Built Picton, Ont., 1881. Home port, Picton, Ont. 103.3 x 24.1 x 10.1 Owned by Walter Ross of Picton, Ont.
      List of Vessel on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31, 1886

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.00001 Longitude: -83.39997
William R. McNeil
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Belle Wilson (Propeller), C80953, sunk, 8 Aug 1888