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Humber Bay, Toronto

Type:     Shipwreck
Build:     1860
Location:     Humber Bay, Toronto, Canada
Depth:     66 feet
Built:     1860
Sunk:     1918
Length:     134 feet
Access:     boat
Level:     Intermediate / Advanced
Orientation:     Upright

Originally built in 1860 as the barkentine, Prince of Wales, at the Shickluna Shipyards in St. Catharines, Ontario, she supported both transatlantic and Great Lakes trade of low value, high volume bulk cargo. She was rebuilt as a three-and-aft schooner rig at the Shickluna Shipyards, in 1874, renamed Sligo and then exclusively employed for the inter-Great Lakes bulk cargo markets.

She was cut down for use as a tow barge at the Simpson Shipyard in Oakville, Ontario, when the costs of sailing and manning ships outweighed the costs of operating steam tugs. Employed by Toronto businessmen, Hainey and Miller, from 1908 through 1918 she carried limestone from Point Anne Quarries at the Bay of Quinte to Toronto and Hamilton. These stone cargoes would aid in the construction of Highway 2, which runs along the shore of Lake Ontario.

In the early hours of September 5, 1918, the schooner-barge Sligo was in tow of the steamer City of New York and bound for the Western entrance to Toronto. Due to heavy rain, both steamer and barge took on more water than their pumps could manage. The steamer was forced to cut the tow line and run into port, thereby forcing the Sligo''s crew of five to escape the fated barge by yawl boat. Sligo foundered at a depth of 66 feet two miles west of downtown Toronto.

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