Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manitoba (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1883
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Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 12. -- The propeller QUEBEC and steamer MANITOBA, schooner EVENING STAR and GLADSTONE ran ashore last night while trying to make Southampton harbor in a heavy snowstorm. The MANITOBA and the vessels are in danger of being total losses. Up to noon today the crews and passengers had not been taken off the vessels and steamers. The QUEBEC is more safe, being inside the reef and near the pier. Both cargoes of the Beatty line boats are insured in the "Big Four' companies, and will prove total losses. Tugs with pumps and working outfit are now working under the orders of Mr. Beatty, who left this morning for the wrecked steamers.
      The EVENING STAR is a small vessel hailing from Goderich.
      The GLADSTONE is light, bound up for cedar ties. She is high and dry.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

      From Lake Huron the side wheel steamer MANITOBA and the Propeller QUEBEC, both belonging to the Beatty's Line of Lake Superior steamers, are reported ashore near Southampton. The former, I learn, will be a total loss. She was built at Port Robinson in 1871, is 524 tons and is valued at $33,000. The QUEBEC was laden with merchandise, and was scuttled to prevent pounding to pieces. She was built at Chathan, Ont., in 1874. - Detroit Report (part)
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 18 -- Two more steam pumps were sent to the steamer MANITOBA this morning on the tug KATE MOFFATT to Southampton, where the steamer is ashore on the reef.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The tug JOHN MARTIN came down from the wreck of the MANITOBA at four o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Captain Cotton says that the MANITOBA is one of the best hulls on the Lakes, and it is wonderful the amount of pounding the steamer has stood on the rocks. The A.J. SMITH is still engaged on the steamer. Two large anchors will be used in getting her off. - Port Huron Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

The new tug CHARLETON has pulled off the steamer MANITOBA at Southampton where she went ashore last fall. The CHARLETON is S.A. Murphy's new tug, but she has the hull and machinery of the tug KELLOG.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 31, 1884

The tug BALIZE arrived last midnight with the stm. MANITOBA, from Southampton, Lake Huron. One steam pump kept her afloat the entire passage without difficulty. She will at once go into drydock for repairs.
      Detroit News
      June 2, 1884 4-3

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Reason: aground
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.48339 Longitude: -81.38305
William R. McNeil
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Manitoba (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1883