HILDA working in Port Stanley, Photo courtesy, Capt G. Oberkirk+
  • Barge
  • 250ffw
  • 160ft Length
  • Amherst Island, Lake Ontario.
  • N 44’08.104 W 76’49.595

Dimensions: 160ft x 30ft x 12.25ft 458 GT 418 NT
Type of Wreck: Barge
Location of Wreck: N 44’08.104 W 76’49.595
Place and Builder: Polson Iron Works
Year Built: 1898

HILDA steel river barge (C 96870). 1906-21. 458 tons gross, 418 tons net, 160.0’. Capacity 38,000 bushels of wheat = 1,150 tons. Built by Bertram Engineering Works of Toronto, launched 9 August 1898. Steel with 5” wood- sheathed bottom and bilges. 1906-08 value $10,000. 1910-1916 value $14,000. 1914 insurance rating = 90 restricted to the St. Lawrence River only. 1917 value $30,000. 1918 value $25,500. 1919 value $21,000 and restricted to waters between Port Colborne and Montreal. 1920 value $18,900. 1921 insurance rating = 90 and was on the Montreal Transportation Co. books for $34,000.

HILDA was one of the barges built for the Prescott Elevator Co. Ltd. That firm folded and by 1904 her owner was the St. Lawrence Terminal Co. Ltd. Montreal Transportation Co. bought her from the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. She was ashore with a cargo of grain on Lake Ontario on 29 August 1918. She ran aground near Galoo Island (southeast of Main Duck Island) near Kingston Ontario after being cut loose by the Montreal Transportation Co. tug D.G. THOMSON during a storm on 24 September 1919. She was salved but shortly after that she ran aground near Henderson Harbor New York with 35,000 bushels of grain on board. She was salved once again. Her ownership was transferred to Canada Steamship Lines in 1921 as part of the final winding up of the Montreal Transportation Co. fleet. Canada Steamship Lines sold her to R.G. Weddell Constr. of Trenton Ontario in 1923. They experimented with using her to carry oil in bulk but were not successful. In 1929 she was sold to Pyke Twg & Salvage of Kingston and rebuilt as a crane barge. She then had a two-deck superstructure right aft and a very large crane forward. Pyke merged into McAllister-Pyke Salvage in 1962. HILDA was sold to United Metals of Hamilton Ontario for scrap but was scuttled near Amherst Island on 7 November 1967 instead (Bascom and Gillham said 1969).


Scanner, v. 2, n. 2 (November 1969) #

The barge HILDA, companion to EN-AR-CO, could not be towed to Hamilton and was sunk in Lake Ontario because of her poor condition.

Can. 96870. Steel bulk barge built 1898, Toronto, for the Montreal Transportation Co. Ltd. 160.0 x 30.0 x 12.3. Net 418. Acquired 1921 by Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. Sold 1924 to R. G. Weddell, Trenton, Ont. Later purchased by John E. Russell, Toronto. Sold 1929 to Pyke Towing & Salvage Co., Kingston, later McAllister-Pyke Salvage Ltd. Sold 1969 to United Steel & Metals Ltd., Hamilton, for scrapping but found to be in such bad shape that she was scuttled in Lake Ontario off Kingston, October 1969.

Name of Ship: HILDA
Year of Registration: 1898
Type of Ship: Steel Tow Barge – Sail
Port of Registry: Montreal, Quebec
Where Built: Toronto, Ontario
Gross Tonnage:458.41
Net Tonnage:417.71

Collingwood Bulletin January 2, 1919 #

Aug. 29.- Barge HILDA, grain laden, ashore foot of Lake Ontario.

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1908 – Owned Montreal Transportation Co, Ltd, Montreal, QUE.
1913 – Owned Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd, Montreal.
1918 – Aug 29 Aground Lake Ontario with grain; released.
1923 – Owned Robert G. Weddell, Trenton, ONT.
1932 – Owned Pyke Salvage & Navigation Co., Ltd., Kingston, ONT.
1962 – Owned McAllister-Pyke Salvage, Ltd., Kingston.
1969 – Scuttled, Kingston.

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