The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1880

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Marine Disasters.

Chicago, Oct. 21st - Mr. Ryder, of Syracuse, reported to have been lost on the Alpena, is here alive. The victim of the disaster, whose name has not been heretofore published, was Mrs. Vendecar. Mrs. Peyton, reported lost, is here. It is supposed that the casualty occurred about 30 miles from shore, in which case it was impossible for any person to survive.

Holland Mich., Oct. 21st - Prof. Scott, of Hope College, has a leaf from a diary found attached to a moulding of the cabin of the steamer Alpena by a small nail. It is badly chafed and water-soaked, but by the aid of a glass it can be read as follows: "Oh, this is terrible! The steamer is breaking up fast. I am aboard from Grand Haven to Chicago. Geo. Connor." The last 2 letters of the name are very faint, and may be Connell.

p.3 A Good Boat - The str. Hero, purchased from Montreal parties by Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve, arrived at 2 o'clock this morning. Nothing remarkable occurred on the trip up the river excepting a break to one of the buckets, which are of the feathered sort. The wheels are small in size. Her engine is an upright, constructed in 1878, and in pattern it is very similar to that of the Pierrepont. The Hero has a good promenade deck, a commodious saloon and 12 comfortable staterooms, and is considered well-adapted for either passenger traffic or excursion purposes. The boat at present is not so attractive for the very reason that neither much care nor money has been expended in preserving its original good looks by cleanliness. A number of men were this morning engaged in scrubbing her. At 4 o'clock she left upon her 1st trip up the Bay of Quinte, Capt. G. Crawford in command.

Marine Notes.

The mail steamers Algerian and Corsican are lying here, wind bound.

Swifts - Arrivals: prop. Cuba from Toronto, and Dromedary from Montreal.

The str. Ruby has gone into winter quarters at Westport, the residence of her owners.

The str. Maud was compelled to run back last night. The gale on the Bay of Quinte was very severe.

There are upwards of a dozen vessels, grain laden, from Canadian ports, at Portsmouth awaiting transhipment.

The prop. Africa arrived this morning from Leamington. She lightened 3,300 bush wheat and proceeded to Montreal.

The sch. J.R. Noyes, reported disabled at Beaver Harbour, is safe. She was taken in tow by the prop. Nassau to Chicago.

The mariners at Portsmouth are getting tired of waiting for favourable weather to get out. They have not seen such continued "blows" for some time.

The sch. E.G. Benedict, a Kingston vessel, left Tryconnell yesterday with cordwood for Detroit. Anxiety is felt for her safety, as a fearful gale was blowing.

The sch. Oliver Mowat is loading phosphate for Chicago at $1.50 per ton f.o.b.

She has received a new foremast, the old one having been injured by the gale.

The Pierrepont delivered at Swifts wharf this morning a quantity of the Lake Michigan's cargo. Another pump was procured at Garden Island and a return made to the wreck.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. W.H. Oades, Detroit, wheat; Sweepstakes, Detroit, staves; Garibaldi, Port Stanley, wheat; Cataract, Port Stanley, wheat.

The prop. Ocean of St. Catharines, which was here on Tuesday, ran into Port Hope yesterday morning leaking badly. After shifting some of her cargo of pig iron aft she started again for Toronto. After getting a few miles up the lake the leak increased and she put back to the port with all her pumps working full and a sail under her bottom to check the leaking.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1880