Month: July 2016


On 17 July 1856, chris and tinto (wooden propeller, 135 foot, built in 1855-56, at Sorel, Quebec) caught fire and burned to a total loss only 2 miles from shore. She was between Snake Island and Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario. 18 lives were lost. The survivors jumped into the water and were picked up by a boat from shore. A newspaper article stated that she had no lifeboat aboard. Her machinery was later recovered and installed in the AVON.

The Propeller TINTO owned by Gibb & Ross of Quebec, built at Sorel in the fall of 1855 by McCarthy, has a 4 bladed prop. of 10 feet and 18 feet pitch.
Toronto Globe
May 28, 1856

NOTE:– The engine & boiler of the TINTO, were put into the prop. AVON. which was launched June, 1857.
Toronto Globe
June 17, 1857

p.2 Life Saved – Wm. McMillan, one of the crew of the steamboat Tinto, burnt near Kingston, who was reported amongst the killed, has been picked up near the scene of disaster, by the schooner Independence. The vessel came into port yesterday morning. He managed to get clear of the burning wreck, and by clinging to a piece of the furniture drifted from the vessel, kept afloat until found by the schooner.

Tinto (1855)
Year of Build:
Built at:
Sorel, Quebec
Final Location:
Near Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Approx. 135×23. Owned by Gibb & Ross, Montreal. Built by D. & J. McCarthy, Sorel and launched 19/11/55. Engines (2) 22½x30 working at right angles on same shaft (i. e. “V-2”) by Miln & Miln (Dock Engine Works), Montreal, to “Avon”. Used Montreal-Lake Erie. Destroyed by fire 11/06/56 near Kingston, 8 killed. Nothing official on this one.

Propeller TINTO, (C), burned off Kingston, C.W.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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The Propeller TINTO owned by Gibb & Ross of Quebec, built at Sorel in the fall of 1855 by McCarthy, has a 4 bladed prop. of 10 feet and 18 feet pitch.
Toronto Globe
May 28, 1856

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KINGSTON, C. W. July 18. – The propeller “TINTO,” was burned last night off Nine Mile Point, and is a total wreck. About twelve persons are lost, among them Capt. Campbell and a Mr. Henderson. The purser and twelve of the crew were saved.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Friday, July 18, 1856

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The new Propeller TINTO, Capt. Campbell, caught fire off Nineteen Mile Point and burned to the waters edge, bound from Kingston to Toronto and Hamilton. 18 persons missing.
Toronto Globe
July 19, 1856

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A Propeller Burnt. – We learn from Capt. Ledyard, of the BAY STATE, that the new Prop. PINTO [sic Tinto] was burnt to the water’s edge on Thursday night. She took fire about nine miles above Kingston, and floated down the river, and lodged against an island a few miles below Kingston, where she lay burning when the BAY STATE came up yesterday morning.
Two steamers went to her assistance, after she was discovered, but no person was found on board and the small boat was gone. It was supposed the crew deserted her in the boat and went to one of the Islands. Capt. Ledyard states that she was burning briskly as he passed her, and was quite down to the water’s edge. The cause of the fire was unknown.
The telegraph states that twelve passengers are lost by the casualty of the PINTO. Among them Capt. Beel, and a Mr. Henderson. The purser and 12 of the crew were saved.
Oswego Palladium
Saturday, July 19, 1856
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The Propeller TINTO drifted ashore on Cedar Island, and burned to the waters edge.
Toronto Globe
July 21, 1856


1964: CHEMBARGE NO. 4, formerly a) JUDGE KENEFICK and b) H.J. McMANUS was towed out into Lake Huron by ATOMIC and ABURG and scuttled in deep water about 16 miles off Goderich after sulphuric acid began leaking into the bilges of the recently-converted tanker barge.
Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freighter

Built at Hull England by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd., Hull 647
Launched Jan 30, 1925

261’ LOA, 246’6” LBP, 43’1” beam, 20’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1000 IHP

Enrolled at Hull England
253.0 x 43.2 x 17.8, 1745 GT, 1119 NT Br 148430 to:
Eastern Steamship Co., St. Catharines ON, Boland & Cornelius, Mgr. (home port Hull England)

Entered service 1925

Enrollment transferred to Canada 1931 Can 148430 (home port to St. Catharines ON)

Sold Dec 29, 1936 to Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., Toronto ON

Transferred 1953 to Norris Grain Co. (home port to Toronto ON)

Sold 1960 to Jemmig Enterprises Ltd., Chatham ON

Renamed H. J. McManus 1961

Sold for scrap 1961 to Marine Salvage Ltd. Resold 1962 to Tank Truck Transport Ltd., Point Edward ON
Converted to acid tank barge at Port Colborne ON and renamed Chembarge No. 4.

Acid found leaking from her cargo hold into her bilges in spring 1964. Towed into Lake Huron July 11, 1964 and scuttled.

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Other names : none
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1830, Buffalo, NY*
Specs : 73x25x8, 83 t. om
Date of loss : 1836, July 6
Place of loss : 12 mi from Erie, PA
Lake : Erie
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 3 of 8
Carrying : RR iron and lumber
Detail : She opened her seams in a heavy blow and sank quickly with just her topmasts left above water. Five crew saved themselves by clambering up them and were later rescued by the schooner NEW YORK. Bound Buffalo for Toledo.
Owned by Smith, Macy & Russell of Buffalo
Sources: nsp,hgl,wl

SHIPWRECK ON LAKE ERIE. –About midnight, on Wednesday last, the schooner YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound to Toledo, with a consignment of railroad iron and lumber, when about 12 miles from Erie, during a hard blow, sprang a leak, and almost immediately afterwards went down. There were no passengers; the mate, cook and one of the hands were lost; the captain, and the remaining four of the crew, saved themselves by clinging to the topmast, about eight feet of which was above water — where they remained in a state of exhaustion for eight hours. The perilous situation of Captain M. and his remaining hands, was fortunately seen from the schooner NEW YORK, when they were promptly relieved. The YOUNG LION was owned by Messrs. Smith, Macy & Russell.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
July 16, 1836

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SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE. — The schooner YOUNG LION, Capt. Moran, bound for Maumee with a cargo of railroad iron, sprung a leak on Wednesday last about one o’clock, when about ten miles above this port, and six miles from shore, and so great was the leak, that, with all the diligence which could be used to counteract it, the vessel sunk in about half an hour after it was first discovered, and before the hands were enabled to lower the small boat. Eight persons were on board, of whom three, including the mate have not since been heard from, and are unquestionably drowned. The other five remained swimming in the water a few minutes when the vessel righted up so as to leave a portion of her masts out of water to which they attached themselves, and remained until morning, when they were taken off by the crew of the schooner NEW YORK, which had heard the cries of distress during the night, but not being able to ascertain the point, cast anchor and remained there until daylight. The cause and character of the leak could not be ascertained, but it was supposed that the butt of a plank had sprung off. —– Observer
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Thursday, July 21, 1836

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WRECK DISCOVERED. — Capt. D. Chapin of New York gives notice in the Erie Gazette that he has discovered the wreck of the YOUNG LION, laden with rail road iron bound for the state of Michigan, and also the exact location of the steamer ERIE. He states that the discoveries were made by the aid of a compass of his own invention. The LION he says lies off the mouth of Walnut Creek, and the ERIE six miles from Silver Creek light-house, and about 4 and a half miles from Cattaragus pier. He has placed buoys upon the wrecks, and forbids interference, as he intends to raise them as soon as the weather and season permits.
How many times has the ill-fated ERIE been found by the aid of magnetism ?
Buffalo Daily Gazette
February 21, 1844

Schooner YOUNG LION.–This vessel, which sank off Erie in 1839, while on her way to Monroe, with railroad iron, has been discovered by Capt. Chapin. He states that the discovery was made by means of a compass of his own invention. The LION, he says, lies off the mouth of Walnut Creek, and the wreck of the ERIE, six miles from Silver Creek lighthouse, and about 4 1/2 miles from Cattaraugus pier. Capt. C. has it in contemplation to raise the schooner, next season. — Buff. Comm. Adv.
Detroit Daily Advertiser
February 28, 1844

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