The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1879

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Marine Notes.

The vessel arrivals at Belleville last week were 150 - the largest ever known.

The barges Cherokee and Iroquois have been coal laden at Oswego for Kingston.

The schooner Penokee is at Sacketts Harbor with 19,000 bushels of wheat for Eddy & Hammond.

Mr. Thomas Smart is loading the schooner White Oak at Brockville with 12,000 bushels of rye, for this city.

The chief of the U.S. Signal Bureau reports that 90.7 per cent of the weather predictions were verified the past year.

The schooner Sligo went ashore about ten miles above Port Colborne, grain loaded. She was bound from Chicago to Kingston.

The schr. Prince Edward, of Owen Sound, is ashore on Cockburn Island, loaded with lumber, and is likely to become a total wreck.

The schooners Guelph, Wm. Street, Queen of the Lakes, and Wave Crest take coal from Oswego to Toronto at 30 cents, the highest reported rate.

The schooner Michigan, on her last trip to Buffalo from Chicago, had 61,000 bush corn at 7 cents rate, making total freight money $4,270. Capt. Pridgeon was offered $50,000 for the Michigan, but refused it.

The schooner Antelope, while off Owen Sound Bay, with a cargo of lumber, became waterlogged and disabled by the loss of steering gear. After losing about 15,000 feet of lumber, she was towed into Penetanguishene harbor where she still lies a wreck. No insurance.

The barque Arabia was dismasted last week on Lake Huron. Her three masts and all the rigging were swept away. The Arabia is owned by Messrs. Nickle and Kinghorn, and was last year overhauled. Her new suit of sails are lost. She lies in Port Huron as helpless as a barge. Two Kingston vessels fared badly last week.

In Harbour - The schooner Scud, loaded with barley and rye, owned by Downey and Co. of Napanee, which ran ashore at South Bay Point the other day, was hauled off last night and brought into the city. She is now lying near the Queen's wharf. The cargo it is expected will be sold by auction.

Grain Shipments - The following are the expenses of shipping grain to Oswego: Loading 1/4 cent; freight 3 cents; discharging by elevator 1 1/4 cents; duty 15 cents, commission for selling 1 cent; making in all 21 cents; this reduces the price here to 64 cents; and makes no allowance for interest, insurance, risk of market, nor shortage, the latter item being an important one, as cargoes seldom hold out the full weight.


How the Cook Was Left and Drowned

The Charlotte Life Crew Claimed

The Rochester papers contain particulars of the loss of the schr. H. Rooney off Charlotte, not given hitherto. She sprang a leak at midnight and the crew were kept at the pumps till 5 a.m., when Charlotte was sighted. The captain then hoisted a signal for a tug upside down, intending that the life-saving crew would consider it a signal of distress; but they did not, the schooner being too far away to distinguish it. The mistake of the captain was in not raising his flag at half mast, the usual distress signal. No one coming out he attempted to beach her, but she sank before it could be accomplished. The crew claim that they awoke the cook about half an hour before the catastrophe, but she refused to take care of herself, and they had no idea the vessel would go down so suddenly as she did and did not have time to awaken her again. The life saving crew saw the distress the vessel was labouring under and at the firing of the gun assembled in less than ten minutes. The sinking vessel was reached, and the captain and crew taken off and brought to shore. Mrs. Fisk, the cook, was a widow.

The captain of the Rooney is very bitter in his denunciations of the life saving crew. Indignation is felt because Mrs. Fisk was not saved. There was evidently some carelessness on the part of some one. Efforts will be made to raise the vessel, which lies in about fifty feet of water opposite the mouth of Irondequoit. Her spars can be plainly seen above the waves. The crew left so suddenly that they were not able to get any of their goods and the captain left $140 ? in his vest pocket.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1879