Site Description #

  • Barge
  • Ashore at Point Traverse

Chronological History #

  • 1888 Launched Montreal PQ
  • 1889 Refitted
  • 1889, Oct Sank Galoup Rapids, St. Lawrence River.
  • 1906 Montreal Transportation Co
  • 1915 Rebuilt
  • 1917 Grounded St. Lawrence River
  • 1919 A.A. Larocque
  • 1920 Atlas Sand Co
  • 1921 Sincennes-McNaughton
  • 1921, Aug 17 Wrecked; 193 x 34 x 12; 633 gross tons.

History #

CONDOR composite lake barge at first, then later was a river barge (C 92553). 1906-1919. 566.69 tons gross, 549 net tons. 180.7’ (Bascom and Gillham said 192.5’ that might have been overall). Capacity 40,000 bushels.
Launched on Wednesday 1 August 1888 by A. Cantin in Montreal. She was his 188th vessel. Three masts were fitted during the winter of 1888-89 ”for service on Lake Superior” but she shows in a postcard marked 1911 with no masts.

CONDOR was the largest barge on the upper St. Lawrence when built for the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co, and was wrecked on the beach west of Poplar Bar on the south side of Point Traverse in Prince Edward County Ontario on 17 August 1921.

She was carrying coal to Montreal at the time while under tow by the tug MACSINCO (C 138508, 140 tons gross) along with the barge ATLASCO ex Russell Sage (C 138234, 788 tons register, owned by Sincennes-McNaughton and their subsidiary Atlas Sand) which also sank. CONDOR’s registry was closed on 22 August 1921.

Mortage Registers #

  • Round stern. Cost $20,000.
  • 1890 valued at $22,000 and classed A1.
  • 1892 valued at $20,000 and rated A11⁄2.
  • 1897 insurance rating A2, valued at $12,500 and required repairs.
  • 1906 value $4,000. 1908-10 value $5,000. 1912 value $4,500. 1913 value $4,000.
  • 1914 value $3,500. 1914 insurance rating = 90 restricted to the St. Lawrence River.
  • 1915 value $7,500. 1916 value $7,000. 1917 value $10,000. 1918 value $8,500.
  • 1919 value $7,000 and restricted to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
  • 1921 rated 90.

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