Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Scanner, v. 25, no. 2 (November 1992), p. 14

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Ship of the Month - cont'd. [18] Metcalfe (see [9]), p. 72: The Steamer GEORGE MOFFAT Was Not to Die Here; "Toronto Leader", Oct. 1, 1861: The Recent Storm on the Lake Disasters to Shipping. [19] "The Daily News", Aug. 22, 1863 and Sept. 2, 1863: Accident to the BAN SHEE; ibid., Sept. 4, 1863: Steamer BANSHEE; ibid., Sept. 15, 1863: The Steamer BANSHEE; ibid., Sept. 19, 1863: Steamer BANSHEE; "Buffalo Com mercial Advertiser", Jan. 20, 1864: Casualty List; "Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes, 1863-1876"; "Daily British Whig", Oct. 17, 1891: Capt. Trowell at Rest. [20] "Scanner", Vol. XX, No. 2, Nov. 1987. [21] Great Lakes S a g a , p . 56, by Anna G. Young, Richardson, Bond & Wright Ltd., Owen Sound, 1965. * * * Ed. N o t e : We extend sincere thanks to Capt. Gerry Ouderkirk for his genero sity in researching the history of the two steamers named BANSHEE, and for preparing the first draft of this feature for us. In turn, Gerry wishes to acknowledge the assistance rendered by Ray Mifflin, of Hamilton, by Jack Messmer, of Buffalo, and by Bill McNeil and John Mills, both of Toronto. Your Editor added material here and there, exercised his editorial "blue pencil" where necessary, and came up with the final manuscript. We hope that Gerry approves of the result. Ye Ed. acknowledges the notes of the T. M. H . S. Secretary, John H. Bascom, concerning the two BANSHEEs, and also the unpublished manuscript, Hamilton Harbour 1 8 2 6 - 19 0 1 , by T. M. H . S. member Ivan S. Brookes, of Hamilton. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Ronald F. Beaupre, of Port Elgin, who provided for our use the 1856 Kingston photograph of BANSHEE (II), which comes from the collection of the National Archives of Canada. * * * * * JUDGE HART REVISITED In the October issue, we featured, as our Ship of the Month No. 198, the Eastern Steamship Company Ltd. canaller JUDGE HART. As we are now in the month of November, 1992, and only a few days short of the fiftieth anniversary of the loss of the HART in Ashburton Bay, Lake Superior, it seemed fitting that we should do a little follow-up on this interesting little steamer. T. M. H . S. member Alan Sykes has pored over some old vessel passages, and has been able to come up with a profile of the HART's activities during the troubled years of the Great Depression, when so many of the Eastern Steam ship canallers spent their days lying idle. In 1931, JUDGE HART made just 18 transits of the Welland Canal, nine each way. Five of her trips, between May 30 and August 4, involved grain cargoes out of Port Colborne for Toronto. (Note that the Jim Kidd photo which accompanied our feature showed her loading grain at Toronto Elevators on May 2, 1931, presumably for delivery down the St. L a w r e n c e. ) In 1932, JUDGE HART did not operate at all, but in 1933 she made eight canal transits between May 28 and October 4. It was during this year that the windows in her old lower pilothouse were plated over and replaced by portholes. In 1934, the entire Eastern fleet saw service except for JUDGE HART and ROBERT W. POMEROY, which were laid up at Port Dalhousie all year. The HART apparently did not see any service in 1935, according to published vessel passages, and it would seem that she did not see further service until after her sale, along with nine other Eastern Steamship canallers, to the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company Ltd., Toronto, during April of 1936. * * * * *

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