Dimensions: 144ft x 38ft 275 GT  
Type of Wreck: paddle wheeler
Location of Wreck:
Place and Builder:    
Year Built: 1834

Oswego County Whig  Wednesday, May 4, 1842       #

Loss of the British Steamer Commodore Barrie. – Last Saturday evening as this steamer was on her passage from Kingston to Niagara, with passengers and 500 barrels of flour, when near Long Point, was run into by the schooner Canada, and sank in 50 fathoms water. The passengers and crew escaped through the aid of the schooner. The boat was an old one, and valued atabout $15,000. No insurance on either boat or cargo.      

Daily Adv. Buffalo, Commercial Advertiser May 5, 1842 #

We are informed that on Saturday last, the STM. COMMODORE BARRIE was run into by a timber schooner, belonging to Mr. Ives, and was so much injured that she sunk in about 2 hours thereafter. No lives lost. The BARRIE was an old boat, and owned by Mr. Bethune. -Roch,

Roch. Daily Advertiser, May 5 Buffalo, Commercial Advertiser May 6, 1842 #

We noticed yesterday, the sinking of the STM. COMMODORE BARRIE, by coming in collision with a schooner, but did not then learn the particulars. It seems the BARRIE was on her way from the head of the lake to Kingston, with passengers and 500 barrelS of flour, belonging to Mr. Smith of Youngstown. On Saturday, about 9:00 in the evening, off Presque Isle, and about 16 miles from shore, she was run into by the timber schr. CANADA, completely demolishing her bow, by which she instantly began filling. The passengers were taken on board the CANADA which continued in the vicinity, till the BARRIE had settled to the hurricane deck when the CANADA sailed for Kingston. A boat was immediately dispatched in search but the BARRIE had disappeared, nothing is visible from her freight but a few barrels of flour. —

Kingston Herald the Mirror, Toronto Friday, May 6, 1842 #

LOSS OF THE STEAMER “COMMODORE BARRIE” Late Saturday night about 9 and a half o’clock, the COMMODORE BARRIE, on her downward trip from Niagara, nearly opposite Presqu’Isle, came in collision with the schooner CANADA, going up and the former was so much shattered by the concussion, that she sunk an hour after in about 60 fathoms water. Captain Patterson had kept his watch and had turned into his berth shortly before the accident occurred, leaving the BARRIE in charge of the Mate. Mr.Laughlin, the former Mate, having stayed at Kingston, sick. The schooner was also in charge of her Mate, the Captain had finished his watch shortly before. The vessels came on the stem to stem, the schooner losing her cutwater, and receiving some damage to her bowsprit and running rigging.

The BARRIE had 500 barrels of flour on board, but only two passengers. Efforts were hastily made to stop the leak in her bow by running blankets over it but in vain. They then threw overboard the flour that was forward, in order to lighten her there, and raise her bow, that they might get at the leak, but that also proved fruitless. Finding that she was rapidly sinking, they were compelled to abandon her. The CANADA brought the passengers and crew of the BARRIE to Kingston, an American schooner, the NORTH AMERICAN had also joined them, and she brought to Kingston the Mate and one passenger of the BARRIE. As the matter will probably undergo a judicial investigation, we abstain from any comment on the facts. The night was cloudy.

Chronicle and Gazette, Kingston May 10, 1834 #

Captain Gildersleeve’s new steamboat was launched yesterday afternoon and now sits on the element whose bosom she adorns, as beautiful a specimen of marine architecture as ever came from a building yard on Lake Ontario, reflecting great credit on the enterprise and taste of all parties concerned. We were pleased with the current rumor that this fine ornament to our inland waters was to be called the CATARAQUI, the aboriginal name of Kingston; yet we are equally pleased when we heard that her baptismal rites, the name of a gallant and much esteemed public officer was to be perpetuated among us, – that of COMMODORE BARRIE.

The new vessel is to be worked by an engine of 70 horse power and is expected to be ready about the first of July.
Success to the COMMODORE BARRIE !      

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser Wednesday, September 16, 1835 p.2, c.3 #

Rochester, Sept. 15. LAKE NAVIGATION – ANOTHER STEAM PACKET. – The importance of multiplying the facilities for intercourse between the British and American shores of Lake Ontario appears to be fully appreciated by our Canadian neighbors.
The British Steamer COMMODORE BARRIE has been added to the packets plying between the Canadian ports (from Toronto to Kingston, inclusive,) and the city of Rochester. The boat is of good size, well furnished, propelled by two engines, and commanded by Capt. Sinclair, one of the oldest navigators on Lake Ontario, having spent Thirty-three years in the service. Two trips have already been made, and the arrangement will probably be for making the circuit of the route twice a week – touching at Rochester probably on Wednesday and Saturday, though her regular days are not yet designated. – Democrat.      

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