This Day in History: 1861-08-21

On August 21, 1861, BANSHEE (wooden propeller freighter, 119 foot, 166 tons, built-in 1852, at Portsmouth, Ontario, named HERO in 1860-61) was carrying wheat, flour, and butter to Montreal when her engine failed (broken shaft) and she was helpless in a storm on Lake Ontario. She foundered near Timber Island on Lake Ontario. One passenger died, but the crew of 10 made it to Timber Island. She was owned by Howard & Rowe of Quebec.

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