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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1879

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p.2 A Crew Saved - Pentwater, Mich., Nov. 21st - The crew of the wrecked schooner Mercury were all saved by the lifeboat from Ludington.



The Gale of Yesterday Destructive of Life and Property.

Wrecks Reported at Many Points - The Worst Not Yet Known.

Detroit, Nov. 21st - A Sand Beach, Mich. special says the barge Prairie State, which went on a reef last night, has gone to pieces. The barge Lewis Wells has gone to pieces. The body of her captain, Wm. Little, of Saginaw City, also a sailor named Wood, of London, were found. Wm. Ogden, a sailor, and two others are missing. The tow barge Wm. Raynor is also on the reef, and will probably be a total wreck. The crew were all saved. The tug Whiting and schooner Hutchinson have sunk. They are probably not damaged much. The crew of the schooner suffered terribly, but were finally rescued by a volunteer crew, who manned a new life saving boat recently sent there by the Government, for which no regular crew has been appointed.

Effects Near Oswego

Oswego, N.Y., Nov. 20th - The schooner Gerrett Smith, of Oswego, lumber laden, bound from Bay City to this port, is ashore between the piers at Big Sodus. The crew are safe. The schooner Dominion, of Picton, bound from Oswego to West Point, light, in attempting to run back here, went ashore three miles west of here this afternoon. The crew is safe. A blinding snow storm and wind prevailed all day.

Collision at Toronto.

Toronto, Nov. 21st - Driven by the fierce wind prevailing, a collision occurred yesterday between the schooners Hercules and Pandora. The latter was somewhat damaged. A number of schooners were driven into the harbor for shelter.

Yesterday's Storm.

The propeller City of Montreal, from Oswego, reports at Toronto yesterday's storm as one of the severest she ever experienced. The Oswego Belle left with her but could not stand the stress of weather, and had to turn back.

Last Night's Experience.

The steam barge Lothair, with barley from Wellington to Chicago, with the barge Corisander in tow, left the latter port on Wednesday last. After being out that day and yesterday they were compelled to halt at Long Point, where last night they experienced the severity of the gale, the sea running over the decks and coating the craft with ice. The ropes are encircled with ice to the depth of an inch. The weather was so rough that the Lothair had to let go of the barge. The Lothair came to Kingston for shelter. The crew says it was a terrible night. Everything about the boat is frozen up. The Captain of the Lothair says the barge was anchored all right out in the lake.

Propeller Ashore.

The propeller Lake Ontario, from Montreal to Hamilton, loaded with 250 tons of pig iron, went ashore last night on Green Island, in the mouth of South Bay. She is hard on, and lying easy. She is not damaged. Messrs. Calvin & Breck have been telegraphed to for a tug, and expect to get her off tonight.

Another Ashore

The schr. Wood-duck, of Frenchman's Bay, light, went ashore on False Ducks night before last. The captain sent for a tug to take her off.

The Seymour's Tow.

The report that three men from the tow of the tug Seymour, named Geroud, Woods and Morceau, were safe at Walcot proves untrue. These make a total of nine lives lost.


The schooners Folger and Foster fouled last night on account of the former dragging her anchor; damage very slight.

Sailors' Wages - Sailors are now getting $3.50 per day for risking their lives on slippery decks and ropes. Men are well worth their hire these days considering the dangers they are liable to. The cold of yesterday and today must have been very severe, such as would cause them "to seek the seclusion that the cabin grants."

Formation of Ice - in Napanee River, at Belleville and in Cataraqui Bay.

Wind Wafts - The Belleville Ontario takes advantage of the recent deplorabe lake accident to urge the construction of the Murray Canal, which promises to be very costly and of very little use. Our contemporary tells us that sailors dread the terrible sweep of wind between Point Petre and the Main Ducks. Of course the digging of a canal will cure all this.

A Kingston tug was sent to the rescue of a schooner reported ashore near Clayton.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1879