- Buried by Backfill?
HATTIE ANN HEARD FROM
H. St. G. Lee, manager of the Bank of Montreal, Stratford, writes:
“As a constant and interested reader of your “Schooner Days” I was particularly attracted by the reference in the issue of September 5th to an old wreck on the Bay shore not far from the main wharves in Belleville. From the description, I feel reasonably sure that the wreck is what remains of the old “Hattie Ann” of which I believe Thomas Mullens was owner and captain. A good many years ago while I was still quite a young lad some chums and I were playing on the Bay shore to the east of the old Grand Junction dock one day late in the autumn when we noticed the old “Hattie Ann” with her mainsail well out heading straight in on the following breeze and to our amazement, she was run high and dry on the shore and we, therefore, were present at the obsequies of the old craft. She was sloop-rigged and in her later days spent most of her time hauling bunch wood from Deseronto to Belleville and by the look of her and the fact that she was badly hogged she must have had a good many years to her credit. Her hulk, which was painted a dull red, lay around the beach for a good many years but I suppose all that portion above water was eventually hauled away for firewood.
ANOTHER ON “HATTIE ANN”
Sir,—I can well remember, as a boy, sitting on the side of one of these sunken ships in Belleville trying to catch small bass or sunfish. There was no railway cutting off the waterfront and the harbor was full of activity. There were several old wrecks by the entrance to the Bay Bridge, but these were mostly small craft.
In those days there were several old square-backed sailing vessels called “stone hookers,” which were used to transport stone from the quarries at Point Anne, a few miles east of Belleville. Many of the substantial stone buildings in Belleville were constructed from these blocks.
The wreck, whose name is mentioned as “Hattie Anne” last week was probably one of these. They were usually named after children and were occupied by these families during the summer months. They were succeeded by a fleet of tramp steamers and it would be difficult to trace their ultimate resting place.