NORTH wooden propeller ex SIMCOE.
1864-1869. Original: 335.38 tons register 137.08’. Capacity 15,000 bushels. After 1870: 345 tons gross, 236 tons net, 138.8’. Capacity 25,000 bushels. Built by A. Cantin or Charles Tate in Montreal in 1864. One mast. Round stern. Engine developed 45 indicated horsepower. Cost $28,000. 1864 rated A and valued at $24,000. 1866 rated A1 and valued at $18,000.
This steamer was a near sister to EAST. According to Canadian Railway & Marine World, she was one of four (NORTH, EAST, SOUTH and WEST) built to be British-registered blockade runners to the Confederate States. One report of her purchase by the McLennans dates from April 1864. She ran Montreal – Chicago. During 1865-66 she was apparently chartered to Glassford & Jones forwarders of Kingston Ontario.
She was hung up on Mohawk Reef near Racine Wisconsin on 22 May of 1865 with a cargo of bagged flour. She broke her rudder and then went aground at Racine again in May 1866 with $2,000 damage. She burned and sank in 20’ of water at Baby Point in the St. Clair River (near Sarnia Ontario) on 8 November 1868.
The McLennan’s then sold her. She was raised and rebuilt at Wallaceburg Ontario by J.E. Wood during 1869-70. Her owner at the time was Mackenzie of Sarnia. It was about then that she was renamed MARY WARD. She was holed and stranded in the Lachine Canal for 10 days in July 1870. In 1872 her owner was Forhan et al of Owen Sound Ontario. On 14 June 1872 she went aground at the mouth of the Thames River. She was wrecked on Nottawasaga Island Reef in Georgian Bay (near Collingwood Ontario) on 24 November 1872 while en route from Owen Sound to Collingwood Ontario. Eight people died. Her registry was closed on 3 January 1878. Her ownership was apparently never transferred from the McLennan brothers to Montreal Transportation Co.
Alpena Public Library Great Lakes Maritime Database; Bowling Green Great Lakes Vessels Online Index; Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database; Lake Vessel Register 1866 Buffalo); Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Canadian Ship Registers on line; Milwaukee Public Library Great Lakes Marine Collection; New Mills List; Thomas Register of the Ships of the Lakes and river St. Lawrence 1864; Buffalo Commercial Advertiser 1 June 1868; Chicago Times 10 April 1865; Canadian Railway & Marine World July 1906; Detroit Free Press 22 December 1865 and 19 December 1866; Kingston Daily News 20 October and 24 November 1864 and 17 March 1865.