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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1879

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p.2 City Council - Harbor Bylaw - proposed extensions of harbor line outwards, to afford room for extension of wharves in anticipation of an increase of the drawing capacity of vessels through the opening of the enlarged Welland Canal.



A Tow Broken Up On the Lake - Twenty-Two Persons Drowned.

A special despatch from Oswego at noon today says that the tug Seymour of Ogdensburg left Cape Vincent at one o'clock yesterday with four tugs, three dredges and eight scows in tow for Buffalo. During last night all the dredges and three of the tugs were lost. The fourth tug was picked up off Oswego harbor about nine o'clock today; no one on board. The tug Seymour ran into Sackett's Harbor. Of the crews of the dredges, tugs and scows there were twenty-eight persons; twenty-two are lost. The tow was owned by John Hickler, of Buffalo. The dredges were recently employed on the Lachine and Cornwall canals.

A telegram from Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., 2:30 p.m., states: The steam tug Seymour, of Ogdensburg, left Cape Vincent yesterday noon with a tow consisting of three dredges, two derricks, and seven scows, owned by Eccler & Arnold, of Buffalo. They had fine weather until after passing the Galloup Island, off Sackett's Harbor, when a gale of wind from the north east with a heavy snow storm set in. The tug and tow got within five or six miles of Oswego, when they lost their lights. The tug then turned around and endeavored to hold the fleet until day light, but the fleet broke away and was lost, with all hands excepting six, who were rescued by the tug. Thirty-one persons, including three women and one girl, were drowned. The fleet is a total loss. The following is a list of those drowned:

--- Arnold, one of the proprietors.

Henry Eckler, son of another proprietor.

James B. Young, Buffalo.

Patrick Hogan, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Patrick Finnoll, Lachine Canal.

Thos. Thompson, Buffalo.

Fred. Straus, Buffalo.

--- Paul, Lachine.

Geo. Palmer and wife, Vergannes, Vt.

Nadson Morrison, Welland, Ont.

Jerome Mevuson, wife and daughter; Charles England and wife, and Chas. Craryough, Lachine.

Edward Beausau, Buffalo.

John Wood and son, Ogdensburg.

Noah Garrow, Ogdensburg.

H. Marshall, Ogdensburg.

William Scott, Ogdensburg.

Capt. Sam Hogan and William Hogan, Morrisburg, Ont.

Another message from Oswego at three p.m. informs us that it is reported that one or two dredges were seen adrift off Big Sodus this morning. A tug has left to search for them.

Oswego, 3:30 p.m. - A private despatch says some of the dredges are safe at Big Sodus. A tug has gone there. Possibly all the dredges are there. Nothing heard from the scows or tugs.

A despatch per Dominion Line from Oswego says: This morning early a small tug was sighted off this harbour, supposed to be in a disabled condition. Relief was at once sent and she was towed into port by the tug Morey. No one was on board the tug, which proved to be the Charles N. Ritter. She had about three feet of water in her hold and her fires were out. Capt. Allen, of the schooner Downey, reports that about midnight he passed a large tow of barges, scows, etc., and came near turning into them, supposing from the number of lights that it was Oswego.

The Rescue - The tug Lady Franklin went up to the rescue of the schr. Dauntless, of Oakville, ashore at Snake Island. The tug hauled the schooner off and she proceeded on her way.

Sad Statement - over twenty persons lost on lake.

Wind Wafts - The tug Chieftain with two barges in tow left here yesterday for Oswego. Nothing has been heard from her. Nothing disastrous is feared.

There is some prospect that a new grain elevator with a capacity of 1,000,000 bushels will be built at Ogdensburg. The present one proves insufficient.

The schr. Hercules ran aground in the Belleville beach yesterday evening and was pulled off by the steamer Hastings without having received serious injury.

The schooner Hattie Howard (sic - Florence Howard ?), from Port Hope, Ont., with 370,000 feet of lumber, went ashore at Oswego on Sunday, against the west pier. The vessel and cargo will probably be a total loss.

The scow Fannie, of Kingston, trading under a coasting license, was seized at Napanee by the Custom's House officials for neglecting to enter each cargo shipped under the new regulations in a book used for the purpose.

The Norseman has made her last trip for the season of 1879. The Port Hope Times says her trade for the season has exceeded the most sanguine expectations of her owner. A pleasing feature of the last trip was the elegant reception accorded to the Captain and crew at Charlotte, prior to their departure for Canadian waters.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1879