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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Feb 1902

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Their Names, Masters, Owners, And The Fate That Befel Them,

As Given By Captain W. Augustus.

[Cardinal Tribune, Jan. 24th, 1902]


Acadia, Clifford, McKay, Hamilton, Ashore, broken up.

Africa, Lafrance, Patterson, Kingston, burned.

Alma Munro, Lapada, Cantin & Co., Montreal, Now Melbourne.

Armenia, Glass, Glass, Sarnia, In commission.

Argyle, Woods, M.T. Co., Montreal, Now Glengarry.

America, Vaughn, Morris & Neelon, St. Catharines, Broken up.

Asia, McDonald, McDonald & Graham, Wallaceburg, Foundered.

Avon, Riddell, Jaques & Co., Montreal, Ashore.

Banshee, McRae, Brown & Co., Hamilton, Foundered.

Brantford, Zealand, Holcomb & Co., Montreal, Formerly Calabra, Glenfinlis, burned.

Bristol, Hannah, Chaffey, Brockville, Burned.

Brockville, Brockville, Smyth, Chaffey, Ashore.

California, Trowel, Geddes & Co., Toronto, Foundered.

Canada, Chestnut, Fairgreives, Hamilton, Broken up.

Celtic, Clifford, McKay, Hamilton, Sunk in collision.

China, Patterson, Patterson, Kingston, Burned.

City of Chatham, McCauley, McKay, Chatham, Burned at Hamilton.

City of London, Johnston, C.B.R. & T. Co., Collinsbay, Foundered, raised, renamed City of Owen Sound, also Saturn.

City of Montreal, Hanna, Hagarty & Co., Toronto, Ashore.

City of St. Catharines, McMaugh, St. John, St. Catharines, Sunk in collision.

Colonist, Scott, Pridham, Montreal, Foundered.

Commerce, Saughrue, McPherson & Co., Montreal, Sunk.

Cuba, Towers, Geddes & Co., Toronto, In Commission.

Dromedary, Taylor, McKay & others, Burned.

Dominion, McMaugh, Neelon, St. Catharines, Burned.

East, Tait, Tait & Co., Bowmanville, Lost through collision.

Erin, Sullivan, Conlan, Port Colborne, In commission.

Europe, Clifford, Morris & Neelon, St. Catharines, Burned.

Georgian, Collins, Munro, ____, Sunk.

Her Majesty, Kennedy, Chisholm, Oakville, Foundered.

Hibernia, Savage, Henderson & Co., Montreal, Broken up.

Indian, Fraser, Fraser, Kingston, Burned.

Inkerman, McBroom, McIntosh, Kingston, Blew up, transfered into sailing vessel, foundered.

Ireland, Patterson, Morton, Kingston, Burned.

Lake Erie, Parrot, Hope & Co., Hamilton, Sunk.

Lake Michigan, Towers, McKay, Hamilton, In commission.

Lake Ontario, Delaney, McKay, Hamilton, Burned.

Magnet, Patterson, Patterson, Kingston, Sunk.

Merritt, Smith, Chaffey, Brockville, Sunk.

North, Kennedy, McCanna, Montreal, Renamed Mary Ward, burned.

Ocean, Trowel, Geddes & Co., Toronto, In commission.

Oliver Cromwell, Patterson, Patterson, Kingston, Sunk.

Oshawa, Riddell, Black & Co., Montreal, Ashore.

Persia, Scott, Geddes & Co., Toronto, In commission (new boat), nothing left of old Persia.

Prussia, Horn, Graham & Horn, Fort William, Burned.

R.W. Stanley, Murdock, Robertson, Hamilton, Renamed St. Magnus, burned.

Shickluna, Hannah, Sylvester, Toronto, Sunk.

Sovereign, McMaugh, Neelon & Co., St. Catharines, Burned.

St. Lawrence, Rae, Jaques & Co., Montreal, Burned.

St. Nicholas, Young, Chambers, Hamilton, Foundered with six captains on board.

West, McGrath, Henderson & Co., Montreal, Foundered.

Whitby, Leslie, Jones & Co., Kingston, Sunk.

Ireland, McBroom, Morton, Kingston, Burned.

Nipigon, Taylor, Allan S.S. Co., Montreal, No record.

Matawan, -- -- -- -- , No record.

To the Editor of the Tribune;

Dear Sir; In sending above report of old-time propellors that have passed through the St. Lawrence canals, let me add, some have foundered through stress of weather, some sunk by collision, some ashore and broken up, and a number have been burned. A great many lives have been lost and the insurance companies have suffered wonderfully through the loss of these vessels.

Some of the propellers are still in commission and should not be classed as old time propellors.

There is quite a history attached to the loss of these old time propellors, which would be interesting reading for some, while it would weary the majority of your readers, if it were given in detail. These propellors were commanded at one time as recorded above, but have changed masters and owners very often.

Thanking you for the space and glad to assist at any time in such work. I am yours truly,


Kingston, Jan. 20th, 1902.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Feb 1902