The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1880

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p.3 Late Storm - a long article on the late storm and the value of storm signals to mariners - details. [Globe]

Sailor's Union - Last evening, at a meeting of the Sailor's Union, wages were advanced to $250 on the lake and $3 through the canal.

A Reasonable Theory - When the tug Robb picked up the sch. Norway it was found that the little anchor was down and the chain "weather-fitted." The big anchor and chain were gone. The theory is now advanced that just as soon as the spars were carried away the anchors were dropped. While the spars and rigging were being cleared away the sea swept the deck and drowned the whole crew. Capt. Donnelly states that he saw marks in the rigging made by sailors who attempted to cut it adrift. The Norway is afloat off Garden Island. A line holds her to the wharf. As soon as the present gale abates men will commence work on her. The owners of the tug Robb demand $1000 salvage. No settlement has yet been effected.

Capt. Dix of the sch. White Oak, reports that he nearly collided with large sticks of oak timber this side of the Ducks on his last trip to Oswego. He thinks it was part of the sch. Norway's deck load and that if it struck a vessel she might sustain considerable damage.

A Good Job - P. Burke, the diver engaged in putting in new and larger pipes through which to obtain a better water supply for the Penitentiary, has a diving job on hand. One great obstacle in the way is a big crib through which the pipes must pass. The boring through 24" of hard elm is now in progress. Bourke is down in 14' of water. When the holes are made Mr. Burke will place the pipes in position. He is a brother-in-law of John Quinn, of Detroit, of whom, until this season, he was a partner.

Prop. Zealand - The prop Zealand appears to have reached a point off Port Hope or Cobourg when the storm struck her, and the wind being from the southwest, the captain would, probably entertaining doubts of making either of those harbours, stand off toward the middle of the lake and the south shore. The Zealand was not loaded to her full capacity, having only 12,000 bushels of wheat in addition to the flour on board, and if struck by a heavy sea, whether anything went wrong with the machinery or steering gear or not, would be almost certain, if struck by a heavy sea, to list over so much as to cause the cargo to shift. When this occurred, steerage way would be lost, and the steamer would probably either founder and go down immediately, or after laboring a short time in the trough of the sea, split and go to pieces. What lends a degree of greater probability to this theory is the fact that portions of the wreckage have been picked up near Port Hope. A young man named Andrew Chestnut, of Barriefield, brother of an engineer of the same name who resided in St. Catharines, is amongst the lost. He was the youngest of seven sons. The name of the cook was Mary Ann Park. She was an Irish woman, between 35 & 40 years of age, and has relatives residing in Buffalo. The two wheelsmen were from Toledo, Ohio, but their names are unknown. The firemen was a Norwegian, shipped at Montreal, and a man who was known by the name of Frank, and who is said to have at one time sailed on the Prussia, of St. Catharines.

Capt. Findlayson, of the sch. Azov, from Kingston, reports at Oswego that when this side of the Real Ducks, on Wednesday, he discovered a drawer bearing a name which he couldn't read, being too far away. He also saw a white painted door with a splendid white knob in the same vicinity. The door was evidently that of a stateroom. The face of the drawer looked like black walnut. He also saw in the same vicinity a red-painted barrel.

Marine Notes.

The sch. Huron for Oswego, ran into this harbour last evening for shelter.

The barge Princess has been taken off the ways. She was not much damaged.

The barge Minnie, ashore on Point Frederick, will probably be raised this winter and repaired.

Capt. Macdonald, of the sch. Pride of America, is still very low. He lies in a semi-conscious state.

The steamer Norseman, running from Port Hope to Rochester, made her last trip on the 10th.

The sch. Bavaria made the run from Port Dalhousie to Garden Island in 17 hours, an unusually smart trip.

The sch. Maumee Valley, which was on a shoal west of Belleville, floated off after being lightened of 5000 bushels of wheat.

The last tow of the K. & M. Forwarding Co. will leave for Montreal tomorrow night. It will consist of 6 barges.

Capt. Jenkins, of the sch. Fiat, reports that the buoy on the shoal off the Galloup Light has drifted to the N.E. about half a mile.

Hugh Rooney, brother of Capt. Dan, is reportedly to have been seriously injured on the Hannah Butler at Cobourg, during the recent gale.

The Inter-Ocean is mistaken in its contention that full-canal size vessels are most unsafe in stormy weather. Experience points the other way.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston yesterday: sch. Cataract, Port Stanley, sch. L. Seaton, steambarge Clinton, and barge Clyde, Toledo, all wheat laden.

The Superintendent of the Welland Canal has received a telegram from the Department of Railroads & Canals, cancelling the order for the partial opening of the canal on Sunday.

Capt. Filgate has purchased the steamer Richelieu from the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company for $1000. He intends to rebuild the steamer and utilize it for excursion purposes.

The sch. Snowbird, while entering Oswego harbour, at 10 o'clock this morning, missed the tug's line and ran ashore. She is loaded with lumber, and will probably be a total loss. The life-saving crew rescued the sailors.

The water in the Gallops rapids is very low just now. After an east wind tows are obliged at times to remain two days at Prescott till the water rises. The prop. Ocean struck 3 times very heavily going down the rapids.

The keel for a new barge for the Montreal Transportation Company has been laid in the Company's shipyard, near the K. & P.R.R. The barge will be 172 feet long, 30 feet beam, 12 feet depth of hold, and have a capacity of 40,000 bushels. She will be completed by May 1st.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1880