The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), Nov 28, 1872

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Messers. Chishlom & Co had the honour of paying for the first freight received by railway on Monday morning.

The first train arrived draped in mourning on account of the death of the engineer at King Station on the Saturday previous.


… She had on board 300 barrels of salt for Chisholm & Co. and a quantity of hardware for Milne & Sons of this village, besides a consignment of coal oil for Collingwood. It appears she struck about 8 o’clock on Sunday, the Captain having in the blinding storm and darkness, mistaken a light on shore with that of the lighthouse.

In Meaford Monitor from the Collingwood Bulletin

As soon as the vessel struck Capt. Johnson ordered her to be scuttled, which subsequent events probed to be a very wise precaution. She lay with her broad side exposed to the wind and waves, the latter breaking fearfully over the hull. Shortly after she struck Mr. Frank Moberly and two others left for shore in a small boat and succeeded in making Craigleith. There Mr. Moberly tried to get a horse to come to Collingwood for assistance but this was refused and he was obliged to walk. It was found impossible to send any relief to the sufferers that night, and on Monday morning the sea was running so high that even a life boat could not venture to the rescue. Early on Monday Capt. Johnson accompanied by Mr. Murdock and 5 others left the propeller in a small boat and after a fearful passage reached this port. Capt. Collins of Nottawasaga Island, also arrived here early in the afternoon having nearly lost his boat and himself in the attempt. The tug Mary Ann was dispatched about 3 o’clock but owing to heavy sea found it impossible to reach the distressed propeller and was forced to obliged to return. At 7 o’clock a party left for Thornbury on the North Grey Railway where the procured three fishing boats which they started to rescue those still remaining on the propeller. In the meantime the most intense anxiety and suffering was endured by the 17 human being who were imprisoned on the stranded vessel. She was full of water and every wave seemed as if it would dash her to pieces, with such fury did it break over her hull. About three in the afternoon a boat was launched from the Ward and 8 men made a desperate attempt to reach the shore. But their boat soon swamped and became utterly helpless and in less than an hour every one of its occupants had perished. Most of the were provided with life preservers, and for nearly an hour three of them were seen clinging to the sides of the boat; but the water was so fearfully cold that they finally sank to rise no more. Among the drowned were Messers Jno. Stephens and Robert Blythe of Owen Sound; Messers Chadwick, Caldwell and Taylor of the Murdock surveying party and three others whose names we could not learn. There were still 9 persons remaining on the Ward and these were rescued by the party who went from Collingwood and arrived safely here about 11 o’clock on Monday night having been about 35 hours on the wreck. Among them were to ladies – Mrs. Archibald, the stewardess and Miss Nellie Hance waiting maid. A large number of those on board belonged to the surveying parties of Messers Moberly and Murdock, who had gone up by the last trip to the Cumberland. They were taken off the Cumberland at Tober Mory last Wednesday, as it became evident that the steamer would be unable to reach Thunder Bay this season. Very great praise is due to the gentlemen who risked their lives saving the survivors of the Mary ward and the passengers and crew expresses the most unbounded gratitude for their escape. The propeller still lies on the reef where she may probably remain all winter.

[Mr. E.G] Garden of this place and late of the North Grey Engineer’s staff was among those who first escaped from the wreck. The ill-fated propeller had only recently been purchased by four parties in Owen Sound, one of whom was Mr. J.S. Stephens who was unfortunately numbered among the drowned.

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Scott Cameron
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Meaford Monitor (Meaford, ON), Nov 28, 1872