TWO BARGES SINK
Kingston, Oct. 13. - Last evening the tug TRAVELLER, Capt. J. Sullivan left Portsmouth with the barges BEAUPORT and ADVENTURE for Montreal. The BEAUPORT carried 400,000 feat of deals consigned to Ross & Co., Quebec. The ADVENTURE had 75,000 bushels of wheat consigned to Oglivie & Co. Montreal and a deck load of stone owned by T. Rudd of this city.
At Brockville the barge DACOTA with coal, was taken in tow, at 9:30 o'clock Cardinal was reached and there a serious accident occurred. It is thought that the tow lines must have broken, as the barge BEAUPORT swung upon a beach and now lies in the Gallop Rapids. The ADVENTURE met with more serious damage and lies in the river near Sparrowhawk Point in 20 feet of water, her masts only being visible.
It is not known whether the captain and crew of the ADVENTURE are safe. It is doubtful however, as the craft sank quickly.
The captain was named Pregent and he belongs to Valleyfield, his wife was cook on the barge and they had one child. The crew was made up of three Frenchmen, names unknown. Captain Edmond, with a crew of four, a cook and three children, handled the BEAUFORT, they are safe.
The ADVENTURE was repaired last year at a cost of $2,500. She was formerly owned by Mr. Devans and is valued at $6,000.
Wednesday, October 14, 1885
. . . . .
Kingston, Oct. 14. - The crew of the ADVENTURE, wrecked down the river on Monday, is safe, having boarded the BEAUFORT before their own craft sank. The DAKOTA was the first in the tow, and the BEAUPORT struck a rock breaking the tow line, when she and the ADVENTURE went adrift with the results already announced
Thursday, October 15, 1885
. . . . .
The barge BEAUFORT was safely taken off the rocks in the GALLOPS yesterday and sent on to Montreal. Her damage is light. The barge ADVENTURE struck a rock in the pitch of the Gallops knocking off her rudder and put a hole in her stern, she broke away from her tow and went down the Rapids alone. The pumps were manned, but the water entered rapidly. The crew took the Captain's wife and child ashore in the yawl. The captain remained on board hoping to ground the barge. He was endeavoring to give the DAKOTA a line when his foot caught in it; he received a jerk and was thrown into the water. The barge glided away from him and he was carried with the flowing current, he kept himself afloat an
went down the river a mile and a half, the crew of the DAKOTA picked him up in very exhausted state. He could hardly speak and said that several times he nearly gave up. In clinging to the barge Captain Pregent displayed great bravery.
The ADVENTURE is lying in 45 feet of water.
Friday, October 16, 1885
. . . . .
Barge BEAUPORT. Canadian Official No. 66075. Of 334 tins register. Built at point Levis, Que., in 1783. Home port, Kingston, Ont. 145.6 x 29.3 x 9.9 Owned by the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co.
List of vessels on the Registry Books of
the Dominion of Canada, on Dec. 31, 1886