The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 2, 1880

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Four Different Vessels Enquired After - Sensational Reports Current.

Oswego as well as Kingston enquires for the schooners Ocean Wave and Olive Branch, which left that port on Monday last, and Port Hope is enquiring about the Great Western. With regard to the Olive Branch no further information has been ascertained, and the persons who know the crew gloomily shake their heads and say "she may have went down." On board her were six persons, 5 men and the cook. No tug has as yet gone up to the scene of the disaster at the Ducks. Residents of Simcoe Island know nothing about the schooner Great Western, alleged to have been ashore there. It is now stated that the vessel is on the Ducks. The Ocean Wave is owned in Picton. Whether it or the Great Western is on the Ducks is a doubtful question.

The part owners of the Olive Branch, Messrs. Oldrieve & Horn, believe that the vessel is sunk. There is only one hope - that the schooner is lying in some port on the American side. Oswego marine men have heard nothing about her. The parties supposed to be lost are Capt. Aull, of Kingston, Mrs. Minerva Jarvis, Belleville, cook; two Frenchmen, and an Oswego sailor. The vessel had been insured, but the policy expired on the 15th September. Messrs. Oldrieve & Horn had ordered her reinsurance, but the order does not seem to have been carried out. The vessel was about 9 years old, and was built by Mr. Redmond, of Picton.

A telegram from Picton says: The schooner reported capsized near the Ducks on Wednesday is supposed to be the Ocean Wave. She left Oswego Tuesday night for Picton, since which time nothing has been heard from her. The description given of the vessel capsized, by the captain who saw it, would answer for the Ocean Wave, except size. The Ocean Wave was of 5000 bushels capacity, and owned by McDonald & Merrill, of Picton. She carried 5 men all told. All hands supposed to be lost: John Brown, captain; Shannon, mate; crew, James Kage, George Flake and Shearer.

A telegram from Toronto this afternoon states: "It is reported here that the schooner found wrecked at the Ducks near South Bay, is the Julia, of this port, owned and sailed by Captain Timothy Hartnett. She was coming up from Kingston light." The Julia was in this harbour last night. She cannot be the wrecked vessel referred to.

Marine Notes

The sch. J.N. Carter will be repaired here at an expense of $600.

The tug Hiram A. Calvin, while towing barges down the river, broke her shaft. She left her barges at Round Island and returned to the city for repairs.

The best time yet made by a vessel from Chicago to Kingston was made by the schooner James Wade. She made the trip in 6 days and 18 hours. The Singapore run from Toledo to this place in 60 hours.

Passed Through the Welland Canal yesterday for Kingston: Samana, Milwaukee, wheat; Arctic, Port Stanley, wheat; J.R. Benson, Chicago, corn; Bavaria, Toledo, timber; A.P. Murray, Dunnville, wheat; Qussia (sic), Port Stanley, wheat.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 2, 1880