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  • Steel Canaller
  • Still Missing

BANNOCKBURN steel canaller (C 102093). 1893-1902. 1619.56 tons gross, 1,034.79 net, 245.0’. Launched on 20 April 1893 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesborough UK. Yard #386. Double bottom. Clinker hull. Elliptical stern. Triple expansion = 1,182 indicated horsepower, 170 rated horsepower. 1897 rated A1 and valued at $138,000.

This vessel was a similar design to ROSEMOUNT. BANNOCKBURN was always registered in Liverpool England. She grounded on Snake Island 4 miles off Kingston on 27 April 1897 and was refloated after a floating elevator and barges were sent out from Kingston. She sank in the Welland Canal on 20 October 1897. She was aground again near Kincardine Ontario on Lake Huron in November 1898, again at Port Colborne Ontario on 16 May 1899 and again at other places on 13 November 1900 and 17 September 1901. She sailed from Fort William Ontario at the head of Lake Superior on the 20th November 1902 on passage to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario en route to Midland Ontario with a cargo of 85,000 bushels of grain. She then briefly ran aground. After returning to Fort William, she sailed again on the 21st. She disappeared near Passage Island the next day. 20-22 lives were lost. She is famous as a ghost vessel on Lake Superior. Her registration was closed on 31 December 1902. A lifejacket was recovered in.

  • Montreal Transportation Co. Kingston Grain Ledgers
    23 April-14 July 1900
    25 April-26 July 1900,
    27 July 1900-14 June 1901,
    27 July 1900-26 June 1901,
    29 June-6 Dec 1901,
    8 July 1901-29 May 1902,
    30 May 1902-4 May 1903,
    14 July-12 Aug 1902,
    12 May 1902-2 May 1903;
  • Bowling Green Great Lakes Vessels Online Index;
  • Brookes Hamilton Harbour 1826-1901
  • Canada List of Shipping 1895
  • Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database
  • Devendorf Great Lakes Bulk Carriers 1869-1985;
  • Gillham Ships in Trouble Great Lakes 1850-1930;
  • Inland Lloyd’s Vessel Register Canadian Hulls 1897;
  • Lewis and Neilson The River Palace;
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Canadian Ship Registers on line;
  • Mercantile Navy List 1897;
  • Miramar Ship Index;
  • New Mills List;
  • University of Detroit Mercy Dowling website;
  • Detroit Marine Historian January 1955;
  • Whig-Standard 1 January 1972.

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