The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hinckley, Ashore at Stony Point, Is a Total Wreck
Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, NY), 8 Aug 1929

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Hinckley, Ashore at Stony Point, Is a Total Wreck

According to advices from Henderson Harbor the steam barge Hinckley, which was beached by its owner, Capt. A. R. Hinckley, about ten days ago in Gravely Bay, between Henderson Harbor and Stony Point, is a total wreck, having been lashed to pieces by a stiff gale which swept over Lake Ontario early Sunday morning.

The gale, sweeping out of the west, caught the stranded freighter on a windward shore. From the time Captain Hinckley drove her aground to prevent sinking in deep water after a leak was seen to be gaining rapidly against the pumps, the ship lay easily on a rocky ledge 300 feet from the beach and a quarter mile,west from Stony Point light. She was badly warped, however, from the heavy cargo, and lay with a list bringing the port deck awash in 14 feet of water. Her normal draft was 11.7 feet.

On Friday last the tug Salvage Prince and the George T. Davie, owned by the Pyke Wrecking company, of Kingston, came to the aid of the Hinckley. After working all night the men succeeded in removing about 200- tons of the cargo of 300 tons of coal, which was consigned to Gananoque, Ont. Three, large pumps were put to work, but they made no impression on the water in the hold. On account of a shift of wind, which piled the waves high over the wreck, the crew of the wrecking company had to abandon the craft, which pounded to pieces.

The Hinckley was the last of, the fleet owned by Captain Augustus R. Hinckley, of Oswego, one of the best known and most active shippers at this end of Lake Ontario. She was launched at Chaumont in 1901 .She was registered as 232 gross and 188 net tonnage, was 114.4 feet long, 24 feet beam and carried a crew of nine. For a number of years Captain Hinckley had executed the contract for placing and picking up the buoys and markers for the government.

Under this assignment the Hinckley each season had opened, and closed navigation at this end of the lake. Four years ago Captain Hinckley's barge Isabella H. foundered at the entrance of Oswego harbor. The Hinckley was uninsured but insurance was carried on the cargo.

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8 Aug 1929
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.8408828877474 Longitude: -76.306949617574
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Hinckley, Ashore at Stony Point, Is a Total Wreck