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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1880

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p.3 Loss of the W.R. Taylor - It was reported this afternoon that the sch. W.R. Taylor, owned by Mr. Leslie, and others, went ashore on the Manitou and became a total loss. It is only a few days since she cleared from Chicago with corn for Toronto at a very renumerative rate. The weather has evidently been very severe. The vessel is insured. The crew were composed of Kingstonians.

The W.R. Taylor was built at Picton in 1877 and is owned by Messrs. Wilson, of Picton, and Lister, of Collinsby. Her measure is 419 tons. She rates A-1 and is valued at $14,500.

Later - Just previous to going to press we learned that the Taylor ran ashore near the South Manitous, which place she was making for shelter. The crew are saved, including the following: Captain Simmons, Kingston; first mate, Anthony LaRush, Wolfe Island; second mate, F. Thompson, Kingston; sea-man, A. Felix, brother-in-law of the President of the Sailors Union, Mr. C.W. Crowley.

Marine Notes.

The str. Princess Louise has ceased running. She has had a very successful season.

The schrs. Annandale and Anna M. Foster have loaded coal at Oswego for Kingston.

The sch. Brooklyn, of Garden Island, has been stripped and laid up at the foot of Clarence St.

The Maud took another shipment of sheep to Cape Vincent this afternoon. They were from up the bay.

The sch. Flora Carveth has settled for the winter at the esplanade. She will be stripped at once.

Dr. J.G. Holland is having a new steam-launch built by Hereshoff at Bristol, R.I. She will be 60' long with 9' beam.

The str. Hero can only go as far as Stone Mills now. She reports having passed through heavy weather on the Bay today.

The first of the grain fleet which left here a few days ago for Oswego, arrived there this afternoon - the Eureka. Others were in sight as we went to press.

It is estimated that there are nearly 7,000,000 bushels of wheat afloat on the Erie & Oswego Canals, and 1,500,000 bushels more waiting for shipment by boat.

The schrs. Bismarck and John A. Macdonald are fastened in the ice in Montreal. The str. Traveller and 4 barges are similarly situated at Lachine.

The Welland Canal will close about the 28th. Lake navigation virtually closes tomorrow as the extended insurance policies usually expire on the 25th. Special rates of insurance are very high after that date.

The following vessels, frozen in at Belleville, will lay up there for the winter: the Mary Foster, John Wesley, Belle Case, and probably the D. Freeman. The two latter were loaded, the former with lumber for Picton, and the latter with barley for Oswego.

The sch. Bessie Barwick will be towed to this city today from Collinsby. She will discharge some lumber here and then endeavour to reach the Welland Canal where it is supposed to winter. The tug Franklin will have to break ice to get the vessel out of Collinsby.

Vessel Collision - Land-lubbers noticed the Union Jack floating from one of the vessels in the harbour and speculation was rife as to what it meant. It was simply a signal for a tug, given by the captain of the sch. Annandale bound from Oswego with a cargo of coal. Capt. Dandy left Oswego at 5 o'clock a.m. and made remarkably good time across the lake. The weather was boisterous and the iced deck of the vessel had the appearance of a skating rink. The tug Franklin towed the sch. to Swifts where she dropped alongside the sch. Minnie Blakely. The tug was chartered to take the Minnie Blakely out, and in the moving the rigging of the latter caught the spritzel yard of the Annandale and tore it away. The jibs were also dragged down and one of them torn considerably.

Stranded Schooner Garibaldi - James Riley, a sailor on the Garibaldi which ran ashore at the head of South Bay Point, arrived in the city last evening. He says the vessel ran upon South Bay Point on Saturday morning about 3 o'clock. The wind was blowing so strong that the sailors could hardly walk on deck. He could not give the surnames of the men or any person on board, knowing them only by their Christian names. The name of the mate, however, who was frozen to death, as we have already stated, was not, he said Stonehouse as some journals have stated. He attributes the mate's death to the fact that he had not secured from the cabin a sufficient quantity of clothing in which to wrap himself. He was lightly clad when he ascended the rigging. The captain, mate, and one sailor remained on board over Sunday night. The former had his foot frozen and another had his toes nipped. Those who rescued the crew did so at the peril of their own lives. The small boat capsized several times. Riley is a Lower Canadian and will proceed to his home in a few days.

Ice Thickening - Ice has reached the thickness of several inches on Cataraqui Bay. The tug Franklin could not break it today. If the present weather continues much longer the harbour will be sealed over. Ice has already accumulated along the wharves.

Canal Report - The usual telegram from Port Dalhousie this morning states that the sch. G.C. Trumpff ran back from Long Point last evening, and will go into winter quarters there. The sch. M. Fillmore and Samana will also go into winter quarters there. The steambarge Albecorn and barge started down the canal this morning. Up to last night they succeeded in getting as far as Welland. The sch. Jessie Mathews left Buffalo on Monday evening in tow of tug Mary and when nearly abreast of Port Colborne the tug had to let her go. No little excitement was created when it was thought she would go ashore, as she had drifted near the reef and a very heavy sea was rolling. No tug could get near her. Six sailors of the sch. Fillmore manned the life-boat and ran a line to the vessel, by which the Maggie towed her in.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1880