The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1880

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Marine Disasters.

Results of a Fearful Gale - Additions to the Long Record.

Chicago Oct. 20th - The excitement and suspense which has been hourly increasing in the 3 days, respecting the fate of the Alpena, has changed to profound sorrow. The offices of the Gooderich line were filled yesterday with mournful faces. It is not deemed possible that any person has been saved from the wreck. Some believe that the vessel struck a rock somewhere off the eastern shore and went to pieces a considerable distance from the beach. There is much complaint of the company having no list of passengers. The crew were 30 strong. It was stated, when the vessel left Muskegon that she had 70 passengers and took 5 at Grand Haven, mostly women. Gooderich thinks, however, that the passengers did not exceed 25 or perhaps 20.

Grand Haven Mich. Oct. 20th - The passengers on the Alpena, as far as learned were: details.

Detroit, Mich. Oct. 20th - Vessels are beginning to arrive from above. The storm was less severe on Lake Huron than feared. The harbour refuge at Sand Beach has been full of vessels during the last 4 days. No disasters are reported on Lake Huron. From Frankfort on Lake Michigan comes the tidings of the fatal loss of the schrs. J.H. Hartzell and Hope, the former loaded with iron ore and the latter with provisions. The Hartzell's stewardess perished in the rigging. The rest of the crew have been saved. The Hope's crew is safe.

Chicago Oct. 20th - Despatches to the Gooderich line state that one more lady was washed ashore near Holland, Michigan; but before it could be secured under the law it was carried into the lake. The wreckage has been fully identified by the agents of the Company as that of the Alpena. The sch. American, on the eastern shore during the storm, is missing.


Marine Notes.

The M.T. Co's tug Active arrived from Montreal with 4 barges light and left with 2 carrying 40,000 bushels of grain, and a barge in tow for Brockville.

The sch. Minnie Blakely is aground at Nigger Island, at the same spot as the British Queen was on Sunday. A tug was all day yesterday trying to get her off but without success. The str. T. Kingsford is still aground at the Middle Ground.

A survey of the damage of the str. Hastings has been made. Captain Dunlop represented the insurance companies, and Messrs. Gilmore and Gildersleeve appeared in their own interest. Mr. Jenkins valued the carpentry repairs and Mr. R. Carrol the damage to the machinery. The total bill amounts to $2250, but this does not include the painting and other incidentals.

The prop Cuba's last trip from this city to Toronto was the roughest of the season. At 9 Mile Point it commenced to blow a living gale. It met a fleet of vessels coming back, but kept on up until he reached Port Hope at 9 o'clock on Sunday night, when it put in for fuel. It took him 14 hours to make the run from the Point to Port Hope, and for a portion of the time, the spray washed clear over the pilot house.

Last evening about 7 o'clock the str. Hiram A. Calvin, on her way down the river with wreckers and steam pumps on board, to raise the prop. Lake Michigan which struck and sunk on Monday night at Cross-over Light, ran on a shoal about 5 miles east of Gananoque, near Duffin's Light; while the captain and crew were at tea. It is thought she will be got off without serious damage. The steamer Pierrepont took the pumps off the Hiram Calvin and has proceeded to the relief of the prop. Lake Michigan.

Police Court - The charge of assault, preferred by a vessel cook against the captain, will probably be heard on the schooner's return.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1880