The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1911

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The Steamer Hero and Tug Chieftain Were In A Collision.

Four people met their death shortly after one o'clock on Sunday morning, in the St. Lawrence River above Quebec, when a collision took place between the steamer Hero and tug Chieftain. The steamer Hero was bound down and the tug Chieftain, which had brought a raft down to Quebec, was on its way up.

As a result of the collision the Chieftain was sunk. When the crash came most of the people on board the Chieftain were rescued, but Mrs. Haggerty, cook, and her daughter, of Wolfe Island, George Menard, of Garden Island, who had been captain of the raft and a Swede, named Alwar Thomas were lost.

Mrs. Haggarty and daughter were supposed to have been killed in their berths but the others were drowned. The accident took place between St. Antoine and St. Croix, Lotbiniere county.

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The news of the disaster was received in the city on Sunday morning, and the Whig, on calling up the Calvin company, at Garden Island, was informed that four people had been drowned, the party consisting of the following: Mrs. Haggarty and daughter, Miss Haggarty, the former being employed as cook, and the latter as assistant, both residing at Wolfe Island; George Menard raft foreman, married, living at Garden Island, and the fireman.

Menard was married, and has a wife and family. He had been with the Calvin company for many years, and was regarded as one of the company's very best men. Mrs. Haggarty was a widow and her daughter was about seventeen years of age.

The Calvin company had received no further details concerning the accident, apart from the fact that the steamer Chieftain had been run down during the night, by the other vessel.

Mrs. Haggerty was the widow of the late Dennis Haggerty who died some three years ago. The family originally came from the old country, but had been residents of Wolfe Island for several years.

The steamer Chieftain, which figured in the disaster, was one of the best known boats in the district, and when not engaged in this work, was a familiar figure around the harbor.

The steamer Chieftain had a crew of fifteen and the eleven who escaped had a very narrow escape from drowning. Some of the members of the crew have arrived back at Garden Island, and they state that it was a terrible accident. They were run down by the other vessel, and hardly had time to act in the matter. Those who escaped were thrown into the water and had a most thrilling time before they were rescued. Some clung to the rafts, and were afterwards picked up by the steamer Hero, which ran into them.

The steamer Chieftain was valued at $25,000. She was known as Chieftain Third, and was built about four years ago. The machinery placed in her was taken out of the Chieftain No. 1.

It was stated this afternoon that this was Miss Hagarty's first trip on the steamer Chieftain and that she had gone on the boat simply for her health. Both Mrs. Hagarty and her daughter were well known, amd much regret was expressed on all sides over the accident. Mr. Menard was also well-known. He was about fifty years of age. The fireman, a Swede, is not known here very well.

Collamer Calvin, and a son of J.C. Connell were on one of the rafts in the down trip, just for a pleasure trip, but as luck would have it, the parents of the Connell boy telegraphed him to return by train instead of coming back with the steamer, and as a result, the two came back by train and thus escaped the accident.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1911