- Toronto Telegram Tuesday, October 29, 1912
- Buffalo Commercial Advertiser August 26, 1913 9-3
- Buffalo Commercial Advertiser October 14, 1913 7-3
- Mills Listing
- Ship of the Month No. 58 Keystorm
- 20 – 105ffw
- 250f Length
- St. Lawrence River
- N44 35.358 W75 40.625
- 1910 – Launched
- 1910 – Crossed Atlantic
- 1910 Repairs Kingston
- 1911 – Jun Lost Sailor
- 1911 – Stranded Jul St. Lawrence River
- 1912 – Sunk St. Lawrence River
- 1913 Salvaging Begins
- 1914 Salvaging Suspended
- 1919 Salvaged Cargo
Toronto Telegram Tuesday, October 29, 1912 #
COLLIER SINKS IN THE LAKE.
The KEYSTORM With Cargo Of $120,000 Value. Kingston, Oct. 26. — The steamer KEYSTORM coal laden from Ashtabula to Montreal sank 7 miles from Alexandria Bay this morning. She struck Howe Island Reef at 4 o’clock in the morning and gradually filled, then she suddenly slid off and went down in 120 feet of water. Her crew landed while she was ashore and
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser August 26,
1913 9-3 #
The KEYSTORM was owned by the Keystone Transportation Company, of Montreal and with her cargo of 2,500 tons was valued at $120,000. It is likely tenders will be called for raising the sunken steamer.
The Salvage Assoc. yesterday awarded the contract for raising the STM. KEYSTORM, sunk in 70 ft. of water in the St. Lawrence River near Kingston, to A.J. Lee of Montreal, representing the Compressed Air Salvage Co. The salvage company took the contract on a no-cure-no-pay basis and will be paid a percentage of the value of what it recovers.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser October 14,
1913 7-3 #
The KEYSTORM sank Oct. 26, 1912 after going ashore. Wreckers have examined the wreck but none, except the company which has the contract, would bid for the job.
The Compressed Air Salvage Co., which has the contract to raise the STM KEYSTORM, sunk in the St. Lawrence River near Kingston, has started wrecking operations and expect to have the boat up in a short while. The vessel is to be floated by having air pumped into her hold to displace the water.
Vessel men are watching with keen interest the outcome of the wrecking operations which have just started near Chippewa Pt., St. Lawrence River, where the freighter KEYSTORM has lain in more than 100 ft. of water since Oct. 26 of last year, when she foundered after striking a rock in a fog. Upper lake wreckers who visited the spot last winter made soundings over the submerged ship regard the task of raising her as hopeless owing to the great depth of water. Since then Contractor A.J. Lee of Montreal has been enlisted in the work and he is on the scene with divers and wrecking outfit on board the STM. RELIANCE. Contractor Lee is to use a compressed air system in his effort to float the KEYSTORM. As this method is new in these parts the operations will be followed closely by boat owners.
Mills Listing #
- KEYSTORM (1910) C129749
- Built Wallsend UK
- Propulsion: Screw
- Tonnage (gross): 1673
- Final Location: Near Brockville ON Canada
- How: Wrecked
- 250x43x18 Owned by Keystone Transportation Ltd. Built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend England 1910. Engine 15-25-42×30. Wrecked in fog 26/10/16 12 miles west of Brockville. Wreck sold 1917 to J. Richardson & Son, Kingston; coal cargo removed 1919.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser October 27,
1913 9-3 #
The KEYSTORM lies in one of the deepest parts of the river and if she is brought safely to the surface it will be a great feather in the cap of the contractor. It is estimated that the value of the boat and the cargo of coal that went down with her is between $250,000 and $300,000. The KEYSTORM was built 3 years before she sank and is a steel steam barge of modern type.
NOTE:- The KEYSTORM was a bu
While being navigated through dense fog, she foundered on Scow Island Outer Shoal, twelve miles from Brockville, within the American boundary of the St. Lawrence. She was on her way to the Montreal Light, Heat & Power Company with 2,400 tons of coal from Charlotte, N. Y., when she hit the shoal on October 26, 1912. Her starboard bow gave way to the impact and four and a half hours later, after her crew of twenty gathered belongings and sought safety, she sank stern first into from 25 to 100 feet water.
Investigation into the Loss of the S.S. KEYSTORM #
Following is the finding of Commander H.L.G. Lindsay, Dominion Wreck Commissioner, who was assisted by Captains F. Nash, F.J. Thomson and J. McGrath, acting as assessors: The KEYSTORM, a vessel of 1037 tons register, belonging to the Keystone Transportation Company of Montreal, engaged regularly in the coal trade between various coal ports in the United States and Montreal, left Charlotte, N.Y., on October 25, about 3:00 p.m., for Montreal with a cargo of 2,273 tons of coal and arrived off Tibbett’s Point in the St. Lawrence about midnight. At 12:15 a.m. on October 26, the master gave over the charge of the navigation to his first mate, with orders of a very definite nature as to what he should do, but for some reason or other did not go below to his quarters, but remained on the forward deck, evidently not being quite satisfied of the first mate’s ability to run the vessel in the intricate channel in that locality and also being doubtful as to the state of the weather, which was at that time unsettled. At 3:00 a.m., the ship being off Alexandria Bay, the master retired to his bed, the weather conditions, according to his evidence, being the same, but he did not take off his clothes, evidently expecting a call. From that point, the vessel proceeded safely up to Sister’s Island Light, which was a perfectly straight course from Sunken Rock Light. When passing the Sister’s she ran into a bank of fog
If KEYSTORM had a short career on the lakes, her sisters did much better for themselves.
2008 Photos Tom Rutledge CC #
Canadian Railway and Marine World,
December, 1912. #
KEYSTORM at the time of her loss was valued at about $125,000 and her cargo at $300,000 and accordingly her owners were understandably reluctant to abandon her. In the early spring of 1913, a diver was sent down and he reported that the steamer was lying on her starboard side in deep water, with her bottom ripped out for a distance of about 60 feet back from the bow. The diver’s opinion was that it would not be possible to salvage the ship and, as a result, KEYSTORM was officially abandoned in April 1913. The underwriters let a salvage contract to A.J. Lee of Westmount, Quebec, and he arranged for salvage gear to be brought from Quebec, with airlocks and compressors coming from New York and divers from Halifax.
It was determined that the stern of the ship was resting in 102 feet of water and it was thought that if the vessel could be lifted by means of compressed air, she could be shifted about three ship lengths into much shallower water and there the remainder of the necessary work could be accomplished. Lee was apparently interested in proving certain of his theories on the subject of compressed air and its value in salvage work and he started work in the fall of 1913 to seal up the wreck in preparation for the lift. Lee went back to work on KEYSTORM in the spring of 1914 when weather conditions were suitable, but his efforts proved unsuccessful and the sunken collier stayed right where she lay on the bottom of Chippewa Bay. As the years of the First World War passed, other salvagers talked of the possibility of raising the ship and reclaiming her cargo but nobody ever succeeded in bringing the canaller to the surface.