The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Feb 1911

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The Steamer Sharples Will Be In Bad Shape

Isaac Phillips, Watertown, N.Y., tells the Standard, of that place, that the steamer Sharples, freighted with 78,000 bushels of corn, which went aground off the Galloup islands early in December, during a heavy gale, is covered with hundreds of tons of ice, the hatches torn off, the stern stove in, and the hold filled with water and coated with ice. In his estimation, he states, at least five hundred bushels of corn have alreay been destroyed.

The boat lies firmly grounded upon the shoal in open water without any protection from the fury of the elements, and the outlook is promising that as soon as the ice breaks up in the spring, both the boat and its cargo will be totally destroyed by the lashing of the waves and the fury of the winds in the storms that always accompany a northern spring.

It will be next to impossible, Mr. Phillips thinks, to float the stranded steamer until the ice goes out at which time it will be so badly battered and its cargo damaged to such an extent that an effort at rescue will not be worth while.

Feb. 18, 1911


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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Feb 1911