The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1880

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p.2 City Council - discuss sale of fish.



The schrs. J.R. Noyes and G.M. Neelon are loading salt at Gunn's wharf for Chicago.

On Saturday the yacht Bloodhound made the trip from Kingston to Bath, double reefed in one hour and 35 minutes.

The Russia, Port Stanley, 8,231 bush wheat; Lady Macdonald, Detroit, 17,292 bush wheat, are reported at the M.T. Co.'s office.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: J.H. Breck, Toledo, timber; Mary Lyon, Milwaukee, wheat; Denmark, Toledo, wheat; Ida Walker, Detroit, wheat.

A captain who is weather-wise says he has not seen such a prolonged blow for a long time. Yesterday vessels anchored in the harbour changed positions several times.

On the arrival of the schooner Great Western at Port Hope, on Sunday, there was great rejoicing. The wharf was crowded with spectators and there was cheer after cheer as she anchored. She had been lying for several days at South Bay.

The sch. Wanderer left Oswego on Friday for Belleville, and had a very rough passage. The crew saw the topmasts of a schooner above the water on Hennessy's shoal, near the Ducks. From the distance between her spars she was thought to be longer than the Olive Branch.


Hard On the Vessels - The Morning Star a Total Wreck.

An Exciting Trip - Sprung a Leak - Other Disasters.

A telegram from North Scribner to Capt. Gaskin, received at noon today, states "that the schooner Morning Star is ashore 7 miles east of Oswego, and is a total wreck." She probably ran ashore last night during the storm. Whether any lives were lost is not known. The Morning Star cleared for Oswego from Gananoque a few days ago and should have reached there before this. Where she has been lying in the meantime is unknown. She carried 4000 bushels of barley belonging to Richardson & Sons of this city. It is insured in the Royal Canadian Insurance Company for about $2000. Capt. Gaskin is owner of the vessel. She was valued at between $1500 and $2000. There was no insurance. She was rebuilt about a year and a half ago at Portsmouth. Capt. Staley was in command. Mr. John Donnelly left by the steamer Maud for the scene of the disaster and will ascertain what can be done.

There was a very severe storm on the lake last night. The schooners Mary Foster and Seabird, both of Trenton, with lumber, are ashore at Oswego. The crews of both vessels were rescued by crews of the life-saving station. Several vessels were obliged to run back to that port on account of the storm.

The tug Morey, of Oswego, arrived at Sacketts Harbour last evening, and reports that while towing a barge from Sandy Creek to Oswego her tow line parted and the barge went ashore 3 miles below Little Sandy. The captain reports the steambarge Geo. A. Bagely going ashore on the head of Stony Point. He could render no assistance.

The Pilot left yesterday for Oswego with 2400 bushels rye. When off 9-Mile Pt. the blow struck her. She ran along until within 15 miles of Oswego, when she was forced to run back. There was a great sea. Some of the waves ran mountains high. The captain never experienced such a gale. The water on the deck was at some times knee-deep. The jib and mainsails were injured.

The Rainbow, of Belleville, left the Queen street wharf last night with abuot 25,000 feet of maple lumber for Mill Point. When opposite the Penitentiary the swells caused the vessel to leak. She was headed for Kingston again. Shortly after reaching the slip at the foot of Queen Street she sank and now rests on the bottom. This morning the lumber was taken out of the hold. The vessel will be taken to the shipyard to be repaired and caulked. Capt. McCormack is in command.

The prop. St. Magnus, of Hamilton, entered this port yesterday morning in a leaking condition, having struck the stone pier at Lachine. Four pumps were constantly in use to keep her afloat. She had to go to Port Dalhousie for repairs.

No tidings have been heard from the schooner Olive Branch as yet. It is proven conclusively that the vessel has gone down at the Ducks. Vessels from Kingston have been unable to go out to the sunken craft on account of heavy sea outside.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1880