The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1880

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Two Sudden Calls.

A seaman named Gonyeau of Howe Island recently had two sudden calls from the Grim Reaper, each of which apparently found him unprepared to go, as he is still in the land of the living. The case is a singular one. Gonyeau shipped before the mast on the Canadian schooner Oliver Mowat, Capt. Edward Beaupre, bound to this port from Kingston. On the morning of the 2nd inst., on Lake Huron, he was washed from the jibboom of the vessel, but managed to save himself by grasping the bowsprit shrouds. At half-past seven o'clock in the evening of the same day he was sent aloft to shift the tack of the mizzen gafftop sail. While so engaged he fell from the cross-trees, striking upon the roof of the cabin and bounding off upon the deck, where he lay motionless as if dead. He was unconscious. Capt. Beaupre applied restoratives, and at the end of half an hour had the satisfaction of bringing Gonyeau to, but he was apparently fatally injured. On the morning of the 3rd inst., the Mowat reached Sheboygan, in the Straits, where Gonyeau was taken ashore and placed under the care of a surgeon, who found that an arm and a leg were fractured. The Mowat arrived at Chicago last Saturday evening, and Capt. Beaupre was momentarily expecting to receive intelligence of the death of Gonyeau, when a letter from the surgeon announced that he was improving nicely. The Captain has made arrangements to have Gonyeau removed to Chicago and placed in the Marine Hospital for treatment until he convalesces. It can truthfully be said of Gonyeau that he bears a charmed life.

[Chicago Tribune]

The St. Lawrence Route - [Montreal Star]

p.3 Prop Zealand - note in bottle from Zealand thought to be hoax - details.

The Derelict Norway - There has been considerable discussion, says the Mail, in marine circles here relative to the claim for services presented by the tug Robb for towing the derelict sch. Norway into port. To some $1000 seems a large sum, but then it must be remembered that the tug cast off her own tow, and spent about 3 days in the work. The latter is the more important when it is remembered that, as wrecks were plentiful, tugs were in demand. Messrs. Calvin & Son have offered $500 for the work, but the owners say, considering that any court would allow them full salvage, $1000 is little enough, and wish to state that they are not inclined to take advantage of any man's misfortunes. As this is a rare case on this lake the upshot will be watched with interest.

Storm Stayed - E.H. Smith, lighthouse keeper at Alexandria Bay, couldn't leave.

Late Capt. O'Brien - reward offered for finding body.

Marine Notes.

The freight from Kingston to Oswego on barley is 2 1/4 cents per bushel.

The sch. Snowbird, which went ashore at Oswego, is not much damaged.

The sch. Cortez is a total wreck, but the cargo & vessel were both fully insured.

The sch. White Oak loads 8300 bush of rye and 4000 bush barley for Oswego.

The prop City of Montreal will load 14,000 bush of barley from a barge for Oswego at 2 1/2 cents.

The sch. Jessie Drummond cleared this morning from Bath for Buffalo with barley at 4 cents per bushel.

The barge Adventure left for Montreal with 8000 bush rye, shipped by Messrs. Richardson & Son.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: Hercules, Chatham, wheat; prop Argyle, Dresden, wheat.

The sch. M.C. Upper has had her sails repaired. The captain expected to leave today for Port Dalhousie.

The sch. Cataract had a quantity of damaged grain after unloading yesterday. She shipped some water on Lake Erie.

The 3-masted barge Morning Star (not a canaller) is reported lost on Lake Erie. There were 9 persons on board.

Swifts - Arrivals: str. Empress of India from Toronto; prop Prussia from Montreal; sch. Anna M. Foster, Oswego, 160 tons coal.

Messrs. Calvin will give a suitable reward for the recovery of the 45 sticks of oak timber lost off the deck of the sch. Norway. Any person found using or selling the timber will be prosecuted.

The str. D.C. West made her last trip to Westport today. She took a great amt. of freight down the canal. She also towed the barge Ontario as far as Bedford Mills. The captain reported this morning that he encountered a great deal of ice between this city and Westport, about half an inch thick.

The str. Chieftain and lighter, sch. B.W. Folger, returned from the wrecked sch. T.C. Street last night. On account of the gale they could not reach the beached vessel.The dry grain is being stored in Wellington. The vessel will probably be a total loss. Her bottom is being broken by the rocks, and the grain is washing away.

Wreck of the T.C. Street - Capt. Phipps thinks the report in the Whig of a few days ago regarding the wreck of the T.C. Street did not altogether do him justice, and sends the following letter of explanation to the Mail:

Sir: An item in the marine news of your issue of 12th instant, headed 'Has the T.C. Street went ashore,' would make it appear that I ran the vessel for the beach without an effort to get to Kingston. This was far from being the case, for I kept the vessel on her course to round Long Point, and it was not until the jibs blew away, and it was impossible to keep the vessel from continually broaching to, that I was compelled to keep her dead before wind and sea and knock out the bulwarks to free her of water as much as possible. Even then I had my doubts about the vessel reaching the beach, and I feel certain she would never have reached Long Point.

p.4 Lake Disasters - an article on the need for life-preservers, and better life-boats on lake vessels (only partly readable due to bad print) taken from [Toronto World]; mentions wreck of Belle Sheridan - details.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1880