Ontario Car Ferries No. 1 & 2
Seeing both ferries in the harbour at once raises the question of accidents. However, the Ontario Car Ferry Company had an outstanding safety record, but there were several “incidents”.
For instance, on August 5, 1924 when Ontario No. 2 was attempting to return to Cobourg in dense fog with 930 passengers on a church excursion, the Captain misread the fog horn signals and the ferry grounded on the sandy bottom. Passengers had to be removed by smaller boats and barges to the pier until the ferry was refloated.
On March 23, 1923 the two ferries collided in dense fog and both vessels sustained considerable damage.