This Day in History: 1857-08-03
On 3 Aug 1857, R.H. RAE (3-mast wooden bark, 136 foot, 344 tons, built in 1857, at St. Catharines, Ontario) capsized and sank in a “white squall” off Duck’s Creek on Lake Ontario. She went down slowly enough for her people to abandon her in her small boat. They were later picked up by the propeller COLONIST. There was a big effort to salvage her the next summer but to no avail. She was a total loss of $20,000. She was reportedly built for the trans-Atlantic trade and looked more like a seagoing schooner. Some sources give the date of the loss as 4 August 1857. The wreck is in very good condition. The Cousteau organization lost a diver to her in 1980.
Sometime during the early 2000’s the R.H. RAE collapsed.