Dimensions: 77.5 x 18.7 x 5.7  109 TOS 67 NT

Type of Wreck: Schooner
Location of Wreck: 20 Miles N. Oswego Lake Ontario GPS: CLOSE HOLD
Place and Builder: Battersea ON George Thurston for Donald McIntosh
Year Built: 1851

Various News Articles & Insurance Registers #

  Port Huron Daily Times   Tuesday, June 23, 1874

The schooner SHANNON 67 tons sunk on Lake Ontario recently.
No lives were lost.  
Schooner SHANNON, of Kingston, 7 years of age, and 69 Reg. Tons. Bound from Oswego to Gananoque, foundered June 20, 1874, on Lake Ontario, 20 miles from Oswego, after springing a leak. A total loss but no lives lost. Amount of loss $1,800

 Statement of Wreck and Casualty for 1874 Department of Marine and Fisheries


Association of Canadian Lake Underwriters  Lake Vessel Register for 1874


SHANNON Schooner of 120 Tons. built Battersea 1867 by Davis. Owned by Acton, Port of hail, Kingston. Value $1,800 Class B 2 Last surveyed Feb. 1874.  

Oswego Daily Palladium  Saturday, June 29, 1874


Gone to the Bottom
The Schooner SHANNON Coal Laden, Bids Farewell to the Lake Marine. – This morning between two and three o’clock, Captain Acton and four sailors, the crew of the schooner SHANNON, returned to this port in a yawl, and reported that the schooner, which left here yesterday at 4 P.M., had sprung a leak when between fifteen and twenty miles to the northward of this port, at about 9 o’clock, and sank in twenty-minute after the leak was discovered.

The SHANNON was laden with 100 tons of coal owned by Beyers, Penn & Beyers, Gananoque, Ont., shipped by E.M. Fort.   Captain Acton informs us that when the leak was discovered the pumps were manned, but the water gained so rapidly that it was evident the vessel must go down unless the hole was covered. The jib topsail was cut adrift and an attempt was made to jacket the bow, but the suction was so great that the sail disappeared in the hole, which seemed to extend from the keel to the plankshire alongside the stem.

Realizing that the vessel could float but a short time, the yawl was lowered and a few things, which were on deck were put into her, and an effort was made to save the mainsail which was new. Before the sail could be detached from the boom the vessel lurched, a warning to the crew, and Captain Acton and his sailors pushed off in the boat, just in time to clear the vessel as she disappeared. With but one oar in the boat, the long and tiresome passage to this port was undertaken, and after five hours hard sculling this harbor was reached and the crew landed. Captain Acton lost nearly all of his clothing but others saved their bags.

The SHANNON was a small scow schooner of about 100 tons, about six years old and was owned by Captain Acton and his brother, of Gananoque. She was valued at about $2,500 and was but partly insured, Captain Acton having $500 on his one third interest, his brother being uninsured.  

Port of Kingston Register  Port Number 183


Name………………….. SHANNON
Type………………….. Scow/Schooner
Tonnage……………….. 69 Tons
When built…………….. 1867
Where built……………. Battersea, County of Frontenac Builders name & date of certificate:- Robt. Davis. Oct. 7, 1867 Description of the vessel:- Length………………. 77 feet & 5/10ths.
Breadth……………… 18 feet & 7/10ths.
Depth of hold………… 5 feet & 7/10ths.
Masts……………….. Two
Stern……………….. Square
Bowsprit…………….. Standing
Figurehead…………… None
How built……………. Carvel
How rigged…………… Schooner
Decks……………….. One
Present master……….. John Yott      
Subscribing Owners:- Yohn Yott, the sole owner, sold half shares in the vessel to Wm. Wellbanks of Milford, County of Prince Edward, dated July 7, 1868. John Yott then sold his half to James McRae of Wolfe Island, dated April 26, 1871. James Nesbit was Master dated May 2, 1871.

Casualty List for 1874   Chicago Inter Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

Schooner SHANNON sprung a leak and damaged on Lake Ontario, April 1874 Loss $300.     

1852 -March 8 Owned John Campbell, Quebec, Quebec
1854 – Owned Donald McIntosh & Company
1856 – February 1 Owned T. Palen, Montreal, Quebec Sources Enrollments,

Loss of a Schooner – June 20th 1874

On June 20th 1874 the two masted scow schooner Shannon let loose her lines from the coal dock at the port of Oswego.  Around 4:00pm the Shannon passed Oswego light and headed out into the lake.  She had just taken on 100 tons of anthracite coal owned by Beyers, Penn & Beyers. Fair seas greeted her as Captain Acton and his crew went about their familiar business of setting sail and managing the ship.  Some eighty miles to the north lay the Port of Gananoque, Ontario where the Shannon planned to offload her heavy cargo.  However, about 20 miles after passing Oswego light the crew discovered that the Shannon was rapidly taking on water.   Captain Acton ordered the crew to man the pumps but it had little effect.  The leak was too great and seemed to extend from the keel to the plankshire along the stem of the boat.   Realizing that the pumps could not keep the boat clear and that the ship would soon go down, Captain Acton ordered the jib top sail cut down so it could be used to jacket the hull and thereby slow the leak, allowing the boat to limp back to port.   However, once in position, the flow of water into the schooner was so great that the jib was sucked into the into the hole and disappeared.  All hope was now lost for saving the scow schooner.   The crew hurried to lower the yawl taking only a few items on deck and their personal sea bags.

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