The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), January 4, 1896

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During a terrific southwester which swept over Lake Ontario December 31, the wrecking steamer Hiram A. Calvin was torn from her moorings at Garden Island, near Kingston, Ont., and carried down the St. Lawrence River with no one on board. When Ferguson's point (Wolfe Island) was reached the steamer grounded, but a subsequent rise of water floated her again, to continue the wild journey. Five miles further down the river she fetched up on the rocks at Halliday's point, pounding there until the rocks pierced her bottom planking and caused her to fill with water. The stranded craft is owned by H. A. Calvin and Son, of Garden Island, extensive handlers of lumber and timber, who regard her as a total loss. She is an old craft, having been built in 1868. Her measurement is 300 gross tons and value about $6,500. When not engaged in wrecking she was utilized for towing barges and rafts on the St. Lawrence river.

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The old sidewheeler, built at Garden Island by H. Roney, was a total loss. She apparently had no Canadian registry number, and was 144 ft. keel by 43 ft. beam by 10 ft depth of hold, and 309 tons. Calvins dismantled her over the following year.
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January 4, 1896
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), January 4, 1896