The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), 27 Apr 1897

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p.1 The S.S. Bannockburn Ashore

Within twenty-four hours the Montreal Transportation Company has suffered great losses. Yesterday afternoon tugs cleared for Montreal with twenty barges loaded with wheat. The tugs Bronson and Walker left with eight barges laden with nearly 200,000 bushels of wheat. When they got near Johnston's light they encountered a snowstorm, accompanied by a heavy squall. The barges could not be kept together, and tows broke, with the result that four barges drifted away. Three of them went ashore, and one, the Kinghorn, sank in 100 feet of water. Another barge has five feet of water in her hold. Boats have been despatched to the scene of the wreck, and the Donnelly Wrecking and Salvage Company is under orders. The wind blew hard all night, and the barges on the shore were considerably strained, and a great deal of the cargoes were damaged.

This morning at two o'clock another serious accident occurred. The S.S. Bannockburn was coming into port steaming hard, when she ran on the shoal near Snake Island. An elevator, barges and steam pumps were sent to the steamer, and men were at work all morning lightening the boat. She is laden with 60,000 bushels of grain, from Toledo, for the Montreal Transportation Company. It is not likely that much of her cargo will be damaged.

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27 Apr 1897
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 27 Apr 1897