The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1880

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p.3 Wanted - A Dry Dock - The fact that 2 large propellors have been considerably damaged within a short distance of this city, and that it is impossible to repair them here, except temporarily, is conclusive evidence that a dry dock is an absolute necessity. Both the propellors will be compelled to go about 200 miles before they can be hauled out. Should they receive any further damage it would be hardly possible that they could keep afloat. Both propellors and crew are in peril, especially at this time of the year. During the season upwards of 30 vessels have been turned away from the Marine Railway in this city simply because they could not be hauled out. Mr. Powers recquires $25,000 to put the dry-dock in repair. He would willingly pay 4% interest on the money invested. The Government has been asked to give an appropriation but has not yet acceded to the request. Something must be done and that quickly if Canada wishes to compete with the U.S. in this respect. Every year thousands of dollars have been lost to Kingston because there is not a dry-dock here. What will be done?

Harbour Notes.

The barge Adventure cleared for Montreal with 8300 bushels rye.

The sloop Pilot is loading at Howe Island 2400 bushels of barley for Oswego.

The sch. Anna M. Foster left this morning for Oswego with 5700 bushels barley.

The sch. Wm. Elgin is loading 11,000 bushels of barley at Amherst Island for Fairhaven.

The schrs. Speedwell and Twilight had a race from Ogdensburg to Port Hope. The former won. Both vessels had their sails damaged by the gale.

The repairs to the sch. W.W. Grant have been completed. Her damage amounted to about $200. Some new rigging and gear have to be provided for her yet.

The body of a man named Henry Rowe, of Oswego Centre, who had been missing since the excursion on the str. Empress of India to Kingston has been found at Baldwinsville, N.Y.

The repairs to the sch. J.N. Carter were completed today. She has a new jibboom, new rigging, sails, etc. It recquired over $700 to refit her. She left today for a Bay port to load with barley.

Yesterday while the str. J. Kingsford was running down the bay, laden with lumber, she ran aground opposite Northport. The extent of her damage is not yet known. The tug Sherwood went to her relief.

A barge was brought from Knapps Point last evening by the tug Active. It was laden with nitro-glycerine shipped at Beloil, Quebec, and bound for Fort William, for use on the Canada Pacific Railway. The sch. Richardson has been chartered for $1700 to take the stuff to its destination on Lake Superior, the crew being offered $100 each and a return passage.

To replace the str. Hastings on the Bay of Quinte route, for the balance of the season, and enable Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve to fill excursion engagements, he has purchased the str. Hero a boat about the size and speed of the Maud. Captain Crawford and crew of the Hastings have left for Montreal (out of which the boat has been running) to take command and charge and bring her to Kingston. She cost $7000, but is worth considerably more.

Obit - Capt. Thomas McIntosh, an old and respected resident of Belleville, died on Saturday morning after a long illness. Mr. McIntosh, who was a native of Scotland, settled in the city on the bay between 25 and 30 years ago, and commanded Hon. Billa Flint's propellor Moira until she was lost off the Ducks Island. The Captain, who was highly respected, and known by many in this city, leaves, says the Intelligencer, a widow and one son to mourn his loss.

Marine Disasters.

Series of Mishaps - Steamers and Sailing Craft Damaged - A Disastrous Record

Last night about 8 o'clock the propellor Lake Michigan ran upon Bay State Rock, about 12 miles from Brockville, knocking a hole in her starboard side. She filled so rapidly that the captain was compelled to run for the American shore. In 3/4 of an hour after the disaster the propellor sunk in 12 feet of water. The propellor was laden with railroad iron from Montreal to Hamilton, and she had also on her deck about 20 tons of merchandise, which is not damaged. The Captain and purser arrived here by the propellor Ocean and engaged Mr. John Donnelly, divers, and steam pumps to raise the unfortunate boat. Should temporary repairs be insufficient she will go on the Ogdensburg ways. The vessel is owned by Hamilton parties. The second mate was on watch. He is a trusty man and often piloted the boat through the most dangerous places. The wind was blowing fresh, and the propellor was drifting considerably.

Yesterday morning, about 8 o'clock, as the prop. Ocean was proceeding up from Montreal, laden with 250 tons of pig iron, an attempt was made to run across the current at Farrens Pt., below Morrisburg. The vessel sheared and ran upon the bank, damaging her stern. Subsequently she swung off and drifted down to a wharf some distance below where the accident occurred. It was found that her fore-foot had been carried away and her garboard streak split. Her pumps were put in operation and she proceeded to this city, getting here this morning. The Ocean was temporarily repaired here. She is bound for Toronto. Captain McMaugh is in command. The prop. was lightened of about 75 tons of pig iron after the accident occurred.

The str. Ruby, which left yesterday afternoon for Portland, ran aground on a mud bank near the Basket, Kingston Mills. She did not get off until assisted by the D.C. West this morning. She is not much damaged by the accident.

The sch. Parthenon which went ashore at Wellington about 10 days ago, is still there. Her cargo of coal has been discharged, and her captain is having her hauled out upon the beach, upon temporary ways, by means of chains and pulleys. As soon as she is hauled out Capt. W.R. Taylor, Marine Inspector, will make a survey of the damages she has received. The vessel is owned by Mr. B. Jackman, of Toronto. She was built about 3 years ago at Oakville.

It is reported that a vessel is ashore at Bald Head Point, near Presque Isle. No particulars have been ascertained.

The steamer Passport bound down, was today detained by the gale at Port Hope, and a despatch to Mr. C.H. Hatch states that the steamers Corinthian and Spartan are lying in shelter at South Bay.

A telegram in yesterdays Globe stated that the sch. Jessie H. Breck was lying off Colchester, liable to go ashore at any moment. A message to the owner, however, states that the vessel rode out the gale gallantly.

The sch. Nellie Sherwood had her jibboom, head gear and spritsail yard carried away by a collision this morning. The Nellie Sherwood was lying at anchor off Macdonalds Cove, and the schrs. Marquis and J.R. Bently were in the cove during the gale of yesterday. About 2 o'clock the tug W.T. Robb towed the latter out. The Bently struck the Sherwood with the results already detailed. The captain of the Sherwood claims that the accident could have been avoided. The Sherwood was loaded with barley from Trenton for Oswego.

The sch. M.L. Breck had a narrow escape yesterday at Toronto. Some boards near the cabin stove-pipe caught fire, and the flames had made some headway when discovered. A few buckets of water, judiciously applied, got them under control.

Chicago Oct. 19th - It is stated that 2 vessels sighted the missing steamer Alpena, between 30 and 50 miles off Racine, on Saturday, and another schooner picked up her step-ladder, and a pail marked Alpena at Holland, Michigan. Tugs have been sent on a general lookout along the Michigan coast.

Milwaukee Oct. 19th - At Detroit Island 3 schooners are stranded and 3 are at anchor with signals of distress. In Rowley's Bay, south of Death's Door, 4 vessels are on the beach, full of water - one on the north point of the bar, and one on the south side. At Whitefish Bay 2 vessels are ashore. A large green vessel, fore-and-after, was passed at anchor north of the bay, everything gone above decks, with a distress signal floating. At Claybanks a lumber vessel was on the beach between Deaths Door and here. The Queen ran through a large amount of lumber, shingles, ties and wood.

Montague, Mich. Oct. 19th - The cabin washed ashore at Strong Creek, and supposed to be that of the str. Alpena proves to be a portion of the promenade deck of the barge Trader. The other wreckage supposed to be part of the Alpena, belongs probably to the Trader.

Chicago Oct. 19th - The steambarge Trader, supposed to be lost, has gone to pieces on the east shore of Lake Michigan. Capt. Brown and a crew of 10 probably perished.

Chicago Oct. 19th - A Muskegon despatch says that not a vestige is left of the schooner Grenada which went to pieces off the shore. There are only 2 survivors, Wm. Bissel, mate, and Augus Tinklator, the Captain's brother. The latter reports that the vessel left Chicago with a smart breeze on Friday evening, but the steering apparatus soon became worthless. The schooner was at the mercy of the waves and the storm hourly increasing in violence. On Saturday noon the Steward and a sailor died from exposure, and he himself prayed for death. On Sunday noon land was sighted and they began to make a raft. One sailor was caught between part of the rocking vessel and nearly crushed, but was wrapped in canvass and put on the raft. The waves washed him overboard. The captain lost his hold by the breaking of the raft and was drowned when near shore. Tinklator held on for a while and then swam ashore. All the rest of the crew, the number not stated, were drowned.

Milwaukee Oct. 19th - The propellor Wissahicken reports that the sch. Geo. B. Sloan, of Oswego, and 5 unknown vessels are ashore in South Manitou Harbour. No tidings of the steamer Alpena.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1880