Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sandy Pat (Fish tug), C172141, sunk, 3 Dec 1969
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December 1969 - The Canadian fish tug SANDY PAT sank in Lake Erie off Erieau, Ontario, on the 3rd, despite rescue efforts by the DONNA F., another tug which had the disabled craft in tow. Cause of the sinking was attributed to an open seam. Two crewmen were reported missing.
      Inland Seas
      Spring 1970, p. 64

" Re. SANDY PAT. The bodies of both the crewmen who were drowned were found, one on the 5th of December, two days after the Sandy Pat was hit by a large wave and capsized, he was Douglas Walter Keegan aged 18 years old, of Wheatley, Ont. As far as I know he became entangled in the nets when the boat started taking on water, the second was Peter Wall aged 17, of Staples, Ont., his body was recovered as I understand at least a year later. Capt. George Bell, aged 27 and Robert Bailey, aged 20, were rescued within minutes of the boat capsizing, which happened about 20 miles southeast of Chatham, Ont., The first body that was found was my brother, Douglas Walter Keegan. The SANDY PAT was damaged by the capsizing and sunk while under tow from the DONNA F.
      Courtesy of Emily Barnes, nee Emily Keegan."

Propeller W.M. SANDI-PAT. Official Canada No. 172141. Built Port Dover, Ont. 1944. Home port, Windsor, Ont. Of 15 gross tons; 11 tons reg. 46.8 x 13.0 x 5.1 of 110 horse power. Owned by Leonard N. and Harold L. Scratch, of Kingsville, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1948
[ Propeller DONNA F. Official Canada No. 323921. Built Wheatley, Ont. 1966. Home port, Chatham, Ont. Of 41 gross tons; 21 tons reg. 62 feet in length. Owned by Ormstead Foods Ltd., Erie Street, South Wheatley, Ont.
      List of Fishing Vessels on Registry in Canada
      Department of Transport, 1982 ]

Item Type
Reason: sunk
Lives: 2
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.26679 Longitude: -81.93307
William R. McNeil
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Sandy Pat (Fish tug), C172141, sunk, 3 Dec 1969