Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manitoba (Steamboat), aground, 24 Aug 1871
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MANITOBA Steamer, ashore at Cove Island; pulled off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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THE MANITOBA - This splendid new steamer, for the Collingwood and LaKe Superior Line, made her appearance in our harbour on Sunday morning. On her way from Thorald she was unfortunate enough to get on the rocks near the Isle of Coves. The fog was so dense that it was impossible to see ahead, and when the steamer grounded she was moving so slowly that she did not suffer any damage. She was pulled off by the WAUBUNO and FRANCIS SMITH. The MANITOBA is a beautiful steamer, and is fitted up in a style which makes it difficult to resist taking a trip to Fort William She is 186 feet long, 28 feet beam, 47 feet over all, 11 feet hold, and carries a 300 horsepower engine, with 44 inch cylinder and 9 foot stroke. She has 47 staterooms, which are fitted up with every convenience. She has cost the Messrs Beatty about $60,000, and we must congratulate them upon bringing to our harbour such a splendid specimen of their enterprise. Her commander is Capt. Symes, who is too well and favourably known to require any recommendation Mr. McDougall formerly of the WAUBUNO, is the purser. We wish for the MANITOBA a long pleasant prosperous career. She left last night on her first trip to Fort William.
      Collingwood Bulletin
      August 30, 1871

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      RUN AGROUND. -- The new steamer MANITOBA on her first trip to Collingwood ran aground on Cove Island at the entrance to the Georgian Bay on Wednesday last week, she remained there until Saturday when the FRANCES, which went to her assistance on Friday Night, succeeded in getting her off. She sustained very slight damage.
      Meaford Monitor
      Thursday, August 31, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.306666 Longitude: -81.725
William R. McNeil
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Manitoba (Steamboat), aground, 24 Aug 1871