The schooner ROBERT McDONALD (1890)


Formerly PARTHENON, schooner 1873; later ROBERT McDONALD steambarge 1907.

Port of Picton Registry, Number 1 of 1890 :

Name: ROBERT McDONALDType: Schooner
Official Number: 94921Register tons: 90
Where Built: Picton Port of Registry / Hail: Picton
Build Year: 1890Value:
Builder’s Name: A.W. Hepburn
Length: 70 feetBreadth: 19 feet
Depth of Hold: 6 feet 6 inchesMasts:2
Stern: Bowsprit:
How Built: How Rigged:
Figure-head: Decks: One
Subscibing owners: John W. Hyatt including Robert McDonald





See also the entry for the schooner Picton in our ships Database.

  1. 1892, June 22: Owned by Hyatt, McDonald, & Matthews.
    1899, June 16: Owned by Hyatt & Alonzo Matthews.
    1902, January 14: Owned by Alonzo Matthews, Charlotte, Ontario.
    1906, October 27: Owned by Stirling Orr & J. Eves, Kingston, Ontario.
    1907, Rebuilt as steambarge/tug?, 96’ Length x 19’ Beam x 6’ Depth. 97 Gross Tons, 50 Net Tons.
    1919, Sank in Picton Harbour, Ontario, Lake Ontario and later abandoned
    1920, Dismantled.
  2. Schooner: ROBERT McDONALD Built: 1890 Where Built: Picton New Tonnage: 70 Built By: Hepburn Port of Hail: Picton Owners: MacDonald & Company.
  3. ROBERT McDONALD. Other Names: May have been former schooner PARTHENON. Official No. 94921; Type at Loss: propeller, wood, freighter; Build Info: 1890 by Hepburn at Picton, Ontario, as a schooner-barge. Specs: 96’ x 19 x. 97 tons Date of Loss: 1919. Place of Loss; Picton Lake: Ontario Type of Loss: Sank. Details - Sank in harbour and was abandoned. Converted from 2 masted schooner to steam in 1907. (mmgl.csv.)

Newspaper transcriptions

  1. Many references to the schooner Picton appear in C.H.J Snider's work:
    Schooner Days CCLXVIII (268) ""
    Schooner Days, DCVII (607) ""

References and source notes

(1) Picton Register, from University of Michigan Library and C. Patrick Labadie.
(2) Inland Lloyds Lake Vessel Register, Canadian Hulls, 1897, Page 40.
(3) from David D. Swayze, Lake Isabella. MI.
(12-21, 23-39, 42) Many of the contemporary newspaper cuttings can be found at Maritime History of the Great Lakes, Newspaper Transcriptons
(40) Transcribed by R. Palmer
(41) Naval Marine Archive, Willis Metcalfe fonds
(43) C.H.J. Snider Schooner Days index, Naval Marine Archive.

Picton built ships

The research and preparation of these data sheets was carried out by K.C. We extend our thanks to him.

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