The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1880

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p.1 Montreal A Free Port - about western grain, the best route, Welland Canal, etc. [Witness]


Marine Notes.

A lighthouse will be erected in Belleville harbour. The gov't will bear the expense for it.

Passed Through the Welland Canal yesterday: sch. Louise, Toledo, wheat; Singapore, Toledo, wheat.

Swifts Wharf - Passing Steamers: Passport, Dromedary and Shickluna from Montreal; Armenia from Ogdensburg.

The Jane C. Woodruff, the vessel so frequently reported as making good time, sailed from Toledo to Port Colborne in one day.

The sch. J.R. Noyes arrived this morning from Chicago with 19,000 bush corn. The Noyes made a quick trip, 7 days.

No mail boat passed down this morning. The heavy gales have prevented them from running regularly. There were 3 steamers in the west last night.

The sch. J.N. Carter arrived at noon in tow of the propellor Africa. She was taken to the M.T. Co's wharf. The Carter's damages we have reported before. Her bow looks as badly as a man would with his nose cut off.

The Jane C. Woodruff ran from Toledo to Port Colborne in 24 1/2 hours, it took her 15 hours to get through the canal, and 16 hours from Port Dalhousie to Kingston, in all 55 hours. This shows that the Captain is not given to too much larkin!

The sch. Forest Queen arrived last evening in tow of the Lady Franklin. She was laden with barley from Port Hope, and was bound for Oswego. When off the latter port the gale struck her, tore away her rigging, and damaged her sails. She receives her repairs here. Her cargo of grain has been uninjured.

The Vessel Libel - The failure of the sch. Lily Hamilton to deliver her cargo of about 20,000 of corn, as consigned, and for which she has recently been libelled for $9,808, is explained. In passing through the Welland Canal the vessel struck a rock and sprang a leak. At Toronto she was unloaded in order that a portion of the cargo might be saved. It was found that 8000 bushels were dry and without damage. The good grain was handed over to the Phoenix Company, by which it had been insured, and the balance of the cargo was sold for what it would bring; the ordinary expenses paid and the surplus been subject to the order of the underwriters. The case has not been managed to the satisfaction of the Company, and a settlement will only be effected in court.



So far no information has been received respecting the vessel disaster which has been the principal subject of discussion in marine circles since it took place. It has been suggested that the unfortunate craft was the schooner Olive Branch which left Oswego on Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock for Portsmouth, laden with coal. She should have reached her destination on the same evening, provided no mishap occurred, which is now feared. The accident occurred about 2 miles north-west of the Main Ducks. The Captain of the schooner Dudley states that he noticed the taut and painted spars, from the peak of one of which floated a Union Jack. The Captain of the schr. Huron saw the vessel sink. He was watching her through a marine glass. She seemed to be in the trough of the sea and to have rolled over before disappearing. The missing craft may not be the Olive Branch - it is hoped not. The only hope is that she lies in shelter at Henderson's Harbour, or Sackett's, which places are being communicated with by the anxious friends of Capt. Aull, who was in command. The Olive was owned by Capt. Aull and Mr. Oldrieve. She was classed B-1, valued at $3000. The captain was unmarried, his only relative in Kingston being Capt. McKee, of the sch. Richardson. Her crew was composed of 3 others - two Frenchmen and an Oswegoan. If there be any tidings of the Olive we shall gladly print them.

Capt. McLeod, of the sch. G.B. Sloan, who arrived in port this afternoon, told a Whig reporter that he passed a wrecked vessel about 7 o'clock this morning, about 4 miles north-west of the Main Ducks, he thought. He said her spars were sticking out of the water. She had a "fly" (used for telling the direction of the wind). He could see the end of the wrecked vessels jibboom. He passed within a stone's throw of the vessel.

The Olive Branch was not insured.

More Lives Probably Lost - Yesterday afternoon the purser of the propellor Lake Michigan reported having seen a vessel bottom up, on the Ducks he thought. Today's revelations show that it is the schooner Great Western of Port Hope, ashore on Simcoe Island. She is supposed to have been capsized and then washed ashore. No tidings have been heard of the captain or crew. She is a B-2 vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1880