• Barge
  • 100ffw
  • 130ft length
  • Rockport ON, St. Lawrence River
  • N44 22 616 W75.55.818

Chronological History #

  • 1870 Iron frame built by London & Glasgow Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.’s Middleton yard at Govan Scotland on the Clyde. Yard #152
  • 1871 Frame assembled and vessel built by J.B. Auger at Montreal in 1871. 2 iron watertight bulkheads.
  • 1874 rated 1 and valued at $12,000
  • 1878 rated 1 and valued at $10,500
  • 1880 Rebuilt
  • 1884 rated A11⁄2. 1890 rated A11⁄2 and valued at $11,000
  • 1890 Rebuilt
  • 1892 rated A2 and valued at $10,000
  • 1915 Dropped From Register
  • 1990 Located by Ron MacDonald
  • 1991 Surveyed by SOS Anchor Removed
  • 1994 Anchor takes out 1/2 of decking, Stove falls in hull
  • She foundered in 28m (90’) of water on 26 April 1897 while under tow by the Montreal Transportation Co. tug JAMES A. WALKER just off Rockport Ontario She was carrying wheat from Kingston Ontario to Montreal

C Patrick Labadie Great Lakes Ship File

  • KINGHORN (1871, Barge)
  • Built at: Montreal PQE Vessel Type: Barge Note: St. Lawrence River Barge.
  • Hull Materials: Composite Number of Decks: 1 Builder Name: Auger & Son
  • Original Owner and Location: Montreal Transportation Co., Montreal PQ
  • DIMENSIONS Length:131′ Beam: 24.8′ Depth: 9.1′ Tonnage (gross):303
  • Final Location: Alexandria Bay (Rockport ON) St. Lawrence River. Date: 26 Apr 1897
  • Final Depth: 100′ How: Sunk. Final Cargo: Wheat.
  • Notes: Aground & sunk in storm 1897, Apr 26 Sunk, St. Lawrence River.

Photo Gallery 2022 Matt Charlesworth CC #

Selection of News Articles for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

J. Gaskin Letter Book 1884-86; Alpena Public Library #

She foundered in 28m (90’) of water on 26 April 1897 while under tow by the Montreal Transportation Co. tug JAMES A. WALKER just off Rockport Ontario She was carrying wheat from Kingston Ontario to Montreal. Her hull is buoyed and is now a popular dive site. She was not removed from the register until 9 February 1915. WALKER frequently towed the barges KINGHORN and MINNEDOSA together in the grain trade from the Lakehead. George M. Kinghorn, a Kingston merchant, shipowner, and forwarder, was one of the founders of Montreal Transportation Co. 147

Milwaukee Library Scrapbook April 28, 1897 #

Kingston, Ont., April 27. — The tugs WALKER and BRONSON left here towing barges loaded with wheat for Montreal yesterday afternoon. They encountered a snowstorm, and during the gale four of the barges ran ashore at Johnston’s lighthouse. These barges have on board 100,000 bushels of wheat. The barge KINGHORN is sunk in 100 feet of water, another is half full and the others are leaking badly.      

Buffalo Evening News Friday, April 30, 1897 #

Kingston, Ont., April 30. – The M. T. Company’s barge ACADIA, in tow of the tug ACTIVE, has arrived up from the vicinity of Alexandria Bay, where she has been stranded on the rocks. A steam pump worked steadily keeping her hold free of water. She will be docked for repairs. The sunken barge KINGHORN has been located. She lies at the bottom of the river almost opposite Rockport, and in 80 feet of water. Efforts will at once be made to raise and bring her to Kingston for repairs. The other barges in tow at the time of the accident have been taken on down to Montreal.      

Milwaukee Wisconsin May 3, 1897 #

THOSE ST. LAWRENCE DISASTERS
Of the barges, which last week struck the rocks near Alexandria Bay, St. Lawrence River, the ACADIA has been towed to Kingston, leaking badly, and minus nearly all of her corn cargo. The KINGHORN rests in 80 feet of water and an effort will soon be made to raise her. The two remaining barges were towed to Montreal after having been floated.      

Photo Gallery 2008 Tom Rutledge CC #

List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1874 #

Barge KINGHORN. [no number] Of 303 tons register.
Built in Montreal, Que., in 1871. Home port, Montreal, Que. 131.0 x 24.8 x 9.8 Owned by Montreal Transportation Company.      

List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886 #

Port of Montreal Barge KINGHORN. [no number] Of 303 tons registered. Built at Montreal, Que., in 1853. Homeport, Montreal, Que. 131.0 x 24.8 x 9.1 Owned by Montreal Transportation Company.      

NOTE:– KINGHORN has been dropped from the Canadian 1898 register.
Her iron frame was built on the Clyde by London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Ship Building Co Ltd., at their Middleton Yard, Govan, as Yard No. 152, and was assembled in 1871 by J.B. Auger in Montréal for owners Montreal Transportation Company. She was registered as No. 12 in 1871 at Montréal. The date of her loss off Rockport Ontario is variously reported as between 1897 and 1910, but it is most probable that she sank on 26 April 1897

Photo Gallery 2000 James Pate / Tom Rutledge CC #

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