SS Ossifrage

SS Ossifrage was a Canadian barge that hit a shoal in the Northumberland Strait, while she was being towed from Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada to Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Name: Ossifrage
Owner: Ball William, Chatham
Port of registry: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Builder: F.W. Wheeler & Co.
Yard number: 26
Completed: 1883
Maiden voyage: 1883
In service: 1883
Out of service: 29 September 1919
Identification: 107488
Fate: Struck a shoal and foundered
General characteristics
Type: barge, lighter
Tonnage: 383 GRT
Length: 46.6 metres (152 ft 11 in)
Beam: 8.8 metres (28 ft 10 in)
Depth: 2 metres (6 ft 7 in)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propeller


Ossifrage was constructed in 1883 out of wood at the F.W. Wheeler & Co. shipyard in West Bay City, Michigan. She was completed in 1883 and she was named Ossifrage and served from 1883 until her demise in 1919.

The ship was 46.6 metres (152 ft 11 in) long, with a beam of 8.8 metres (28 ft 10 in) and a depth of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in). The ship was assessed at 383 GRT. She had a Triple expansion steam engine driving a single screw propeller and one Scotch boiler. The engine was rated at 540 nhp.

New owner

She was sold in 1916 to Canadian owners and registered at Halifax, Nova Scotia with registration no. 107488. Where she was later stripped down and her Hulk used as a barge for the fishing industry.


On 29 September 1919, Ossifrage was being towed from Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada to Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada when she hit a Shoal in the Northumberland Strait. The ship foundered with no casualties.[1]


The wreck position is currently unknown.


  1. "Ossifrage". Wrecksite. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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