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Myles (Propeller), C77698, rudder disabled, 1 Dec 1893

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A Rudder Made of Rigging
      Owen Sound, December 6. - With their steamer’s top mast for a rudder post and rigging for a rudder, the crew of the steamer Myles succeeded in bringing their boat into port to-day. For over seventy hours they had been adrift. The Myles was bound here with wheat from Fort William and when off Cabot’s Head Saturday her rudder was carried away in the gale. She drifted all that night and, and Sunday afternoon was in sight of Christian Island. With ingenuity born of desperation, the crew took down the topmast and rigged up a temporary rudder. The steamer’s progress was slow, but she finally reached here in safety.
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, December 6, 1893
Propeller MYLES. Official Canada No. 77698. Of 1198 tons gross; 742 tons Reg. Built Hamilton, Ont., 1882. Home port, Hamilton, Ont. 175.0 x 33.6 x 14.6 Owned by E.J. Myles, M. O., of Hamilton, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Reason: rudder disabled
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.240555 Longitude: -81.3
William R. McNeil
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Myles (Propeller), C77698, rudder disabled, 1 Dec 1893