FRANK C BARNES C116386

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Selection of Historical Articles #

The Marine Review February 1916 #

BARNES, FRANK C. Tug, foundered on Lake Ontario, November 1915. The crew of five lost. Wreckage of pilothouse found offshore near Oswego; BARNES was en-route from Port Dalhousie to Montreal.

Buffalo Daily Courier July 7, 1916 #

MIGHT HAVE BEEN LEAKY. St. Catharines, Ont. July 6. – That the tug FRANK T. BARNES, which was lost with Capt. Herbert Larush of St. Catharines and its crew of five men on the morning of Tuesday, November 2, 1915, about 100 miles east of Port Dalhousie in Lake Ontario, might have been in a leaky condition when she left Toronto harbour bound for Sorel, was the only theory advanced at the investigation held in the city hall by Dominion Wreck Commissioner Demers at Toronto. Evidence showed that the vessel was last seen three miles southeast of Gull Pond. The body of Capt. Larush was found thirty miles from the mouth of the Niagara River.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1915-11-09 #

TUG BELIEVED SUNK. Montreal, Nov. 8. — The tug Frank C. Barnes, of the Canada Steamship line, is believed to have foundered in Lake Ontario with her crew of seven. The Barnes left Port Dalhousie Monday night, Nov. 1, and has not been heard of since. She should have reported herself entering the chain of canals leading into the River St. Lawrence last night or today at the latest, but no sign has been obtained of her safety. The Frank C. Barnes was recently acquired by the Canada Steamship lines, and was being brought here to undergo alterations. Heavy storms broke on the lakes after she left Port Dalhouise. Capt. S. W. LA RUSH, well known in inland shipping circles, especially along the lakes, was in command.

Marine Disasters on the Western Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

OSGOOD, J.C. Propeller Tug, damaged by fire at Manistee.

Ship Listings #

Frank C. Barnes #

OTHER NAME(s): – OFFICIAL NO: US (1892-1906) 120894, CAN (1906-1915) 116386
DATE OF LOSS: 2 November 1915
CAUSE OF LOSS: Foundered
LOCATION: Lake Ontario, near Point Petre
RIG TYPE: Propeller, tugboat HULL TYPE: Wood
BUILDER: Nelson Thorsen, Manistee, MI – 1892
OWNER(S): Canada Steamship Lines
MASTER: Capt. Herbert W. LaRush
TONNAGE: 46 gt
DIMENSIONS: 66.7 x 16.3 x 7.2
CASUALTIES: 5 or 6 (all) Went missing while enroute from Port Dalhousie to Sorel, Quebec. There was speculation that she was in “a leaky condition” when she left port and, inf fact she had not been officially inspected for two years. The BARNES left Port Dalhousie on Monday night and there were heavy gales on the lake Tuesday. Her wrecked pilot house was found off shore near Oswego. The body of Capt. LaRush was recovered near Picton. Built on the bottom of the J. C. OSGOOD.

OSGOOD, J. C. (1863, Tug (Towboat)) #

Year of Build: 1863 Official Number: 75159
CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP Built at: New Baltimore, NY
Vessel Type: Tug (Towboat) Hull Materials: Wood
DIMENSIONS Length: 66.8′ Beam: 17.3′ Depth: 7.5′ Tonnage (gross): 51 Tonnage (net): 28
HISTORY 1868-69 To Lakes from Hudson River, NY. 1872 Large repairs.
1873 Owned Canfield, Manistee, MI; 51 gross tons.
1881 Rebuilt. 1888 Owned A. O. Wheeler, et al, Manistee.
1892 Abandoned, rebuilt as BARNES, F. C.

Name of Ship: FRANK C. BARNES Canadian Registration #

Year of Registration: 1906
Type of Ship: Wooden Screw Steamer
Port of Registry: Port Arthur, Ontario
Where Built: Manistee, Michigan
Gross Tonnage: 63 Net Tonnage: 43 Remarks:
Wrecked in Lake Ontario in 1915
Registry closed January 18, 1921
Official Number:116386 Reference:1615|42 Volume:1615 Other Reference:

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