The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1880

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p.3 The Canadian propellor Prussia, on her way from Montreal to Chicago, encountered severe weather, and leaked more or less all the way. The pumps were worked all the time. It was found on her arrival at Chicago that considerable of her soda-ash (barrelled) was missing, and the only way to account for that fact is that the water reached it.

Personal Mention -The sch. W.J. Suffle, Chicago 264,372 feet deals; Grantham, Toledo, 20,400 bush corn; H. Dudley, Detroit, 14,500 bush corn; arrived yesterday afternoon. The prop Alma Munro, Detroit, lightened 4300 bushels wheat; and the prop Lake Michigan, from Toledo, lightened 4200 do.

The str Corsican arrived from Montreal last evening, but did not venture further west until this morning. The Corinthian ran from Toronto, and did not touch at Port Hope or Cobourg. The freight that was for these points was docked here and will be delivered by the up steamer this evening.

Marine Notes.

Several vessels engaged in the timber trade are loading at Toledo for Garden Island.

The sch. B.W. Folger was not out in the blow as some one reported. She is safe at Oswego.

The damage sustained by the sch. J.N. Carter is about $600. The R.B. Hayes suffers to the extent of $100.

The rate from Chicago to Kingston on wheat is 7 1/2 cents; from Toledo and Detroit 6 cents; on corn from Detroit 5 1/2 cents.

The sch. Parthenon went ashore at Wellington Tuesday night from the dock where she was unloading coal. She is pounding badly.

Capt. Donnelly is the best wrecker in the Dominion. If he cannot succeed in saving a vessel it is about useless for any other person to try it.

The yacht Pioneer is in the harbour. She anchored near the foot of Long Island during the blow yesterday. Today she proceeded to Napanee.

The Globe says that the mail steamers are now running on a go-as-you-can time. The boat that went up on Tuesday night lay at South Bay until the storm abated.

M.T. Co. Arrivals: L. Seaton, Toledo,15,000 bush wheat; M.L. Breck, Chicago, 17,896 bush corn; J.C. Woodruff, Toledo, 18,312 bush corn; H. Fitzhugh, Detroit, 17,750 bush wheat; Augusta, Detroit, 22,000 bush wheat; Defiance, Toledo, 8000 bush wheat.

Passed Through the Canal for Kingston: schrs. J.N. Carter, Detroit, wheat; J.R. Noyes, Chicago, corn; Geo. B. Sloan, Chicago, corn; Penokee, Chicago, corn; John Magee, Chicago, corn; S. Neelon, Bay City, lumber; Canada, Bay City, lumber; Magdala, Toledo, timber.

The sch. Forest Queen had her rigging torn and her main mast sprung in yesterdays gale. She made for Cape Vincent, which place she reached in safety. This morning she ran down to the foot of Wolfe Island, where she was met by the tug Lady Franklin and brought to the city.



Considerable commotion was caused last evening on the report gaining currency that a schooner had been lost and that her final plunge had been seen by the captains of other crafts, who were so far off, however, as to be incapable of giving a correct description of the unfortunate vessel or lending their assistance. She is stated to have been seen between the Ducks, a fore-and-after, the only canvas being carried being part of the fore-sail and a jib. The sea yesterday was very heavy, and the vessel seems to have laboured a great deal, and been in much distress. It is not definitely known how she foundered, whether she capsized or filled with water and sank. The masters of the Huron, Fitzhugh and Augusta all brought the information to port that en route hither they saw a schooner in the distance ahead of them, that about noon she suddenly disappeared, and that they all concluded a disaster had occurred. Their impression is confirmed by the captain of the schooner Dudley, who saw the topmast of a vessel above water as he sailed down the lake for Kingston in the afternoon. Various have been the surmises, but up to the time of writing no reliable clue has been obtained respecting the name of the missing schooner or the crew, who are generally supposed to have perished. They did not seem to have had an opportunity to prepare for the emergency, and were without anything to assist in buoying them up for any considerable length of time. The case is at present shrouded in mystery, an explanation of which can only be forthcoming when the water gives up its dead after the lapse of a few days, or when some other evidence is supplied to place the question of identity beyond a doubt. In the meantime the accident is a matter of much speculation, and the friends of Kingston sailors must suffer not a little from suspense.

The purser of the prop. Lake Michigan who passed the Ducks this morning at 7 o'clock reports having seen a vessel bottom up. He could not describe it.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1880