LANCASTER river barge (C 71603). 1873-1899. 219.7 tons gross. 125.1’. Capacity 17,500 bushels. Built by Alexander Stickler (Streckler?) (the Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database said Stuhler) at Lancaster Ontario in 1873. No masts. Round stern. Built to the same basic plans as GLENGARRY, LORNE and ROYAL OAK. 1874 rated 1 out of a possible 3 and valued at $7,000. 1878 rated 2 and valued at $5,000. 1884 rated A2. 1897 rated B1, valued at $3,600 and required repairs.

LANCASTER was rebuilt in 1880-81 at a cost of $6,000 and “completely overhauled” at Portsmouth in 1884 including a new bottom and bilge cheeks, floor, ceiling, frames, and keelson. She was on the Kingston Ontario marine railway in June of 1886 and was repaired in 1894. She was in the Mercantile Navy List of 1904 as owned by Pierre Paul of Ste.-Anne-de-Sorel Quebec. He is also shown as her owner in 1907. It was reported that she was lost in Bayfield Sound of Georgian Bay in 1907. Her registry was not closed until 6 July 1915.

J. Gaskin Letter Book 1884-86; Montreal Transportation Co. Kingston grain ledger 1898; Alpena Public Library Great Lakes Maritime Database; Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters Marine Register 1874; Board of Lake Underwriters Lake Vessel Register 1878; Canada List of Shipping 1877, 1895, 1910 and 1912; Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database; Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes 1884; Inland Lloyd’s Vessel Register Canadian Hulls 1890, 1892 and 1897; Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Canadian Ship Registers on line, Mercantile Navy List 1892, 1898, 1899, 1904, 1907 and 1911; British Whig 25 March, 10 and 30 May and 10 June 1881, 19 September and 30 December 1884, 20 and 30 March 1885 and 15 June 1886; Kingston Daily News 21 September 1872, 7 May 1874,

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