The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1880

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p.3 Missing Schr. Folger - Up to 3 o'clock today no intelligence has been received regarding the missing schooner B.W. Folger. While some have hopes of her safety, others think she has been lost. The sch. Annandale left Oswego 15 minutes later than the Folger and reached Trenton yesterday morning. The Captain, who was in the city today, expressed surprise at the Folger's non-appearance. The tug Active and 2 barges came over from Oswego the same night. Capt. Thomas Gaskin says it was very dark and a heavy sea running. If the tug and barges pulled through all right why not the Folger? She was in skilful hands. The owners feel anxious regarding her.

The cook on the vessel was Mrs. Twohy, a widow, who resides on Earl Street. She has 2 daughters in the city. The names of the remainder of the crew are unknown. The schooner had 200 tons of coal for Mr. Jas. Swift. The cargo is insured, but the vessel is not. She rated B-1. She was rebuilt in 1871 upon the bottom of the schooner Caroline. Last winter she was thoroughly repaired. She was valued at $3000. Messrs. Swift and Dandy are the owners.

A telegram from South Bay says "The sch. B.W. Folger is not here, nor has she been heard of."

Fall Assizes - Queen vs. Nicholson - involving rape on cook of sch. Jessie Macdonald at Portsmouth - details.

Marine Notes.

The steam barge Nile has arrived with a cargo of lumber.

The sch. Acacia is loading lumber for Oswego. She will take about 175,000 feet at $1 per M.

The printer who made us say there were 1,200,000 bushels of grain transhipped here instead of 12,000,000 bushels is no more.

Swifts - Arrivals: Spartan from Montreal; Passport from Toronto; Corsican from Hamilton; Cuba from Ogdensburg; Armenia from Toronto; Picton from Montreal.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: barge Grimsby, Chicago, corn; Clyde, Chicago, corn; steam barge Clinton, Chicago, corn; prop. Scotia, Chicago, Montreal, general cargo.

The prop. Africa started out last evening for Port Dalhousie. She proceeded as far as Nine Mile Point when the captain found it so rough that he concluded to return.

The water along the front of the esplanade is very low, and the schooner M.L. Breck loading iron for Charlotte, got aground. The tug Franklin hauled her off and then she cleared for her destination.

Mr. James Swift has bought the hull and engine of the steamer Gypsy, of Montreal. The old craft will reach here in a few days. The steamer will be fitted up and used as a passenger boat, to run from here to Ottawa or Smiths Falls.

A Tempestuous Journey.

The prop. Europe and schooner G.M. Neelon, for the safety of which there were such grave fears, arrived in Chicago on Friday. The Europe left Montreal on Oct. 6th with 6 passengers and a general cargo of 360 tons, consisting of soda ash, tin, liquors, etc., and took the Neelon in tow at this place. They got the stormy weather first when in the Straits of Mackinaw, near Waugoshance. They put into Beaver Harbour and remained 24 hours. When off Point Betsy they encountered the terrible gale of the previous Saturday, and the Europe let go of the Neelon. The latter got into the South Manitou, but the Europe failed to make it. Captain Clifford, says the Chicago Inter-Ocean, is an old navigator, and he says that never before in his career did he encounter such wind and sea. The great billows at times swept entirely over the Europe, dashed in between decks, and penetrating even to the engine room. The steamer pitched and rolled in a fearful manner, and the wheel was often entirely out of water, revolving with such rapidity that she trembled in every timber. The freight in the holds and between decks were hurled to and fro, and partitions were broken in splinters and prostrated. Casks of imported liquors broke open and spilled, dishes were broken, and cabin furniture displaced. She was got around, however and, though her steam pipe burst, after a most boisterous handling, succeeded in getting back to the Beavers again. After the storm abated she went to the South Manitou and took the Neelon in tow, and proceeded on her way to Chicago. When the Neelon got into the Manitou her master ascended to the crosstrees to watch the fate of the Europe, and he says that for some time it looked very dubious for her. He saw her bottom several times, and greatly feared she would go down. The Neelon and her cargo are without the slightest damage.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1880