MAGGIE ex ONEIDA river barge (C 88570).

1883-1902. Original: 375 gross tons, 319.44 tons register, 134.5’. Capacity 18,000 bushels. No masts. Round stern. As rebuilt 1884: 434.81 gross and 414.99 tons net, 166.4’ (between perpendiculars), 171’ (overall). Built by Henry Roney at Garden Island Ontario, launched 24 April 1869. Two masts. Round stern. 1874 rated 1 and valued at $9,000. 1878 rated 1 and valued at $7,000. 1884 rated B1. 1890 rated A2 and valued at $8,000.

ONEIDA became a St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. vessel by 1870. She was aground in the Sault rapids near Dickinson’s Landing Ontario in June 1881 when 4 frames were broken and her bottom was damaged. Some of her cargo of 19,000 bushels was jettisoned; the rest (all wet) was later sold in Buffalo New York. She was hauled off, towed to Kingston by St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co., later Montreal Transportation Co., tug JESSIE HALL and subsequently repaired with a new stern in 1882. ONEIDA came to Montreal Transportation Co. when they took over St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co. in 1883 and was in the coal trade out of Oswego New York that year.

She was rebuilt and lengthened in 1884-85 and was renamed at the time of her re-launch on 20 June 1885. Her bottom was caulked in 1891. She was sold in 1902 at which time Montreal Transportation Co. said she was “on hand but of no value”. In 1904-14 her owner was Alex Laplante of Lachine Quebec In 1915-18 her owner was P.C. Bonham of Montreal. She foundered off Presque Isle Michigan (Lake Huron) in 1918 while carrying iron ore but was not removed from the register until 10 December 1937.

ONEIDA was another of the barges built at Garden Island that had Iroquoian names. She was renamed after John Gaskin’s eldest daughter Margaret (“Maggie”) who was born in 1869.

J. Gaskin Letter Book 1884-86; Montreal Transportation Co. Annual Directors’ Report 1902; Montreal Transportation Co. Barge Accounts 1900; Montreal Transportation Co. Kingston Grain Ledgers 6 November 1899-1 November 1900, 1 Jan-1 November 1900, 24 Apr-22 June 1900, 5 Oct-28 Dec 1900, 14 June-24 November 1901, 29 June-6 Dec 1901; 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, 1912, 1915 and 1918; Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database; Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes 1884; Inland Lloyd’s Vessel Register Canadian Hulls 1892 and 1897; Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Canadian Ship Registers on line; Mercantile Navy List 1892, 1904, 1907, 1911 and 1914; Mills Barges and Scows Before 1890; Swainson A Shipping Empire: Garden Island; British Whig 10 and 24 May, 10 and 23 June 1881, 14 March 1882, 16 June, 6 October and 20 November 1883, 2 May, 31 October and 19 November 1884, 4 March and 19 June 1885; Kingston Daily News 23 April, 5 July and 18 August 1869, 19 December 1870, 17 July 1873, 21 May 1874, 27 June 1876; Marine Record 7 April 1887; Marine Review 24 March 1898.

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