The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1879

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The Rights of Wrecking Tugs.

It is learned that the Minister of Customs has issued a circular modifying the one published during the month of March, 1878, on the question of the salvage by foreign wrecking tugs of vessels ashore in Canadian waters. It is provided that in future any tug, no matter what nationality, can go to the assistance of a vessel, provided there is danger of loss of life or property, but Canadian tugs alone will be permitted to drag into deep water vessels ashore under other circumstances than the foregoing, or to remove the cargoes of vessels wrecked on the Canadian shore. These concessions were demanded for some time past. The late Government adopted the regulations in order to force the United States Government into making concessions to Canadian wreckers, and an amicable agreement was in a fair state of progress when the change of government occurred. What concessions this Government have acquired from the United States have not been made public.



Capt. Radford Makes A Statement About the Sinking of the Rooney.

As there is yet much discussion about the loss of the brig Henry Rooney, and Captain I.H. Radford of Kingston has been much blamed because he did not save his cook from drowning, it is only fair that his explanation and defence should be given. Mr. Radford says he left this city a week ago for Charlotte, laden, as we have already intimated, with stone and lath. The vessel sailed out of this harbor about tea time, and went --- until --- when the wind blew fresh from the north west, then west, and a heavy sea was running. When in sight of Charlotte light the crew shortened sail. The vessel began taking water, and the pumps were set going. These kept the brig free. At six o'clock a flag of distress was run up, the vessel being then five or six miles from Charlotte. The sea broke over the brig, and the water gained in the hold. Then the top sail was carried away. Capt. Radford called the cook, telling her that the vessel was in danger, and that she should get up. The pumps were still kept going, but the water gained. Had a tug appeared the Captain thinks the vessel could have been saved at this time. Seeing none in sight, however, at eight o'clock Captain Radford ordered the main sail to be taken in, and the wheel to be put hard up in order to beach the vessel. He called the cook a second time, as he began to fear the vessel would founder. The main gaff caught on the lift and would not come down for some minutes. When it was got down the yawl boat was cleared and the men ordered to get in. Finding that the cook was not in the Captain again tried to reach the cabin to save her, but was unable to do so, as the vessel went down almost before the yawl was clear. In fact it is stated that the Captain narrowly escaped with his own life. The Rooney was not insured. She belonged to Captain Radford. The body of the cook is in the cabin, which is about fifteen feet under water. The flag of distress, still waving from the mast above the surface of the water, marks the spot.

Wind Wafts - And so it appears that Capt. I.H. Radford was not to blame for the loss of the cook of his vessel.

Marine - A number of vessels ran into the harbor here for safety from the blow last night. The damaged grain on the schooner Scud was sold yesterday. Several accidents to Canadian vessels occurred at the Lime Kiln Crossings last week. It was stated that a vessel had run ashore on the head of Wolfe Island during the night. The statement was untrue.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1879