The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 6, 1879

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p.2 Toronto - Canadian Yacht Club regatta races - Governor-General was present; first class yachts Madcap, Brunette, Coquette, Oriole, Rivet, Coral and Alarm started.

Watertown, N.Y. - Sept. 6th - sailing yacht West Wind capsized and sank off Henderson Harbour, six men drowned.


Detroit, Sept. 5th - The str. Alaska, of this city, exploded her steam dome on Lake Erie today. John and Chas. A. Stephens, engineers, and John Beard, fireman, are missing. It is supposed in trying to escape the hot steam, which instantly filled the boat, scalded and burned, they jumped overboard and sank immediately on striking the water. The wounded are Alvin S. Clark, clerk, scalded, Wm. Horning, horribly scalded about the face and hands, and one eye apparently burned out; James Clark, colored, of Chatham, Ont., hands and face severely burned; John Johnson, colored, Chatham, face, hands and arms burned; Amos Burges, colored, head, hands and arms scalded; Joseph Weir, colored, of Windsor, presents the most horrible sight of all, his face being one mass of pulpy burned flesh, with skin entirely peeled off, leaving the surface white and apparently boiled; John Ockey and G.S. Gibson, colored, of Detroit, burned on the face and arm. The Alaska was towed to Detroit by the United States revenue cutter Fessenden, and the wounded were all taken to the marine hospital. The boat does not appear to be injured greatly so far as exterior appearances go, but the smoke stack is riddled and things about the boiler and inside the engine room are badly shaken up.

At the time of the explosion the vessel was said to be racing with the steamer City of Detroit, as they were only about a quarter of a mile apart. Both are fast boats and run about sixteen miles an hour.



Very few vessels of the down grain fleet have as yet arrived in this port, but it is expected that today and tomorrow the harbor will present an active appearance. The vessel captains who have arrived say that the storm on Thursday last was very severe. The canvass had to be taken in hastily. The waves rolled mountains high, and dashed over the vessels. The gale on Lake Ontario was not felt as severely as on Lakes Erie and Huron.

Aquatic Notes - The water is so low that the navigation of the river in some places have become somwhat dangerous. The propeller Armenia draws too much water to call at Gananoque.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon left Kingston for Toledo on the 13th ult., at 10 p.m., and reached there at noon on the 16th - the fastest trip of the kind on record.

Hanlan has signed his acceptance of the offer of $6,000 by a Rochester manufacturing firm for a race with Charles E. Courtney. All the preliminaries have yet to be settled, but the race will probably take place on Chautauqua Lake between the 1st and 10th of October. Everything will be decided upon next week, when articles will be signed.

Peterson's steam ferry, which plies between Mill Point and the Prince Edward shore, damaged one of her side planks against the wharf on Thursday, and in making her trip began to fill. She drifted down to within half a mile of Mill Point, when she sunk in about eight feet of water. The crew had climbed on the top of her and were rescued by the steamer Utica.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 6, 1879