Ship Type: Two masted wooden schooner Lifespan: Built 1857 Sunk: 1858 Length: 135ft Depths: 98ft Location: Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario, Ontario GPS: 43° 53' 3.0012“ N -76° 50' 51” W

Ship Info

R.H. RAE Other names : none Official no. : C none Type at loss : bark, wood, 3-mast Build info : 1857, Donaldson &Andrews, St. Catharines Specs : 136x23x11, 344 t. Date of loss : 1858, Aug 3 or 4 Place of loss : S of Pt. Traverse Lake : Ontario Type of loss : storm Loss of life : none

Selection of News Articles

Bark R. H. RAE (C), cargo of wheat, sprang a leak and sank off the Duck's, Lake Ontario. Total loss. Property loss $33,000.

    Buffalo Commercial Advertiser 
    January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List) 
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    Marine Disaster - loss of barque R. H. RAE at noon August 4th. 
    Daily British Whig 
    August 5, 1858 p.2 
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The Late Storm - loss of schooner JOHN H. RAE (sic); the Canadian Mail Line steamers Banshee and Champion were out in storm. [by error they've identified the barque R. H Rae as the sch. John Rae]

    Daily British Whig 
    August 7, 1858 p.2 
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    The Barque " R. H. RAE ` built in this town last year by Messrs. Donaldson and Andrews, for Messrs. Rae of Hamilton, capsized off Ducks Creek on the 4 th. inst.. The crew were picked up by the propeller COLONIST, and landed at Kingston. The RAE we understand was uninsured. 
    St. Catharines Journal 
    Tuesday August 12 th. 1858 
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Bark R. H. RAE, Canadian, with a cargo of wheat, sprunk a leak and sank off the “Ducks,” Lake Ontario. Total Loss. Estimated value of loss, $55,O0O. August 1858 Shipping Casualty List for 1858

    Buffalo Commercial Advertiser 
    Saturday, January 15, 1859 
    
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BARQUE R. H. RAE SUNK. - The barque R. H. RAE, owned in Hamilton, C. W., and bound from Chicago to Montreal, with 16,000 bushels of wheat, was struck by a hurricane about 40 miles from Kingston, Lake Ontario, on Tuesday last, and sunk Her royal yards are above water. Her crew were taken off by the steamer COLONIST and taken to Prescott.

    Buffalo Daily Courier 
    Wednesday, August 11, 1858 
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    TO BE RAISED. - An effort is to be made to raise the bark R. H. RAE, sunk last fall some 30 miles this side of Kingston, C.W. Mr. Quigley, the submarine diver, is to make the attempt. She lies in water to the depth of ninety-five feet. - Detroit Free Press. 
    Buffalo Daily Courier 
    Wednesday, June 15, 1859 
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Mr. Quigley, the well-known submarine explorer, leaves this city on Monday for Kingston, C. W., preparatory to raising the bark R. H. RAE, capsized and sunk near the islands familiarly known as 'the ducks,' thirty miles this side of Kingston. The RAE is a very handsome craft belonging to Rae and Brothers, Hamilton, and was entirely new when she went down, it being her first or second trip. She lies in 95 feet water, and with a less accomplished operator than Mr. Quigley, the success of the attempt would be very problematical; we do not doubt, however, that he will meet with success. He is provided with air pumps, diving apparatus, jack-saws, etc. [Detroit Tribune]

    Daily British Whig 
    June 24, 1859 p.2 
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On A Wrecking Tour - The Boston Marine Company's steamer Relief is at present endeavoring to raise the wreck of the barque JOHN RAE, of Hamilton, which lies near the Ducks, having been sunk 5 or 6 years ago, with a cargo of grain. The boat was valued at $20,000, and the wreck is well worth the trouble of raising it. [again the confused reference to the barque R. H. Rae]

    Daily British Whig 
    June 27, 1867 p.2 

NOTE - Proper name is R.

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