The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1880

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The Garibaldi Wreck.

[Picton Times]

The names of the crew of this unfortunate vessel are: John McGlenn, master, Louis Stonehouse, mate, deceased, Ann Mathews, stewardess, John Hoffman, Philias Hamlin, Napolean Colomb and John Nelson. Nelson is an American from Detroit. He was taken off with the Captain. Hoffman, Hamlin, Colomb and the mate were from below Quebec. The captain and stewardess are from Toronto. The vessel is owned by J. & J.T. Mathews, of Toronto, and is insured. The vessel left Little Sodus on Wednesday, and on Thursday night took shelter between Weller's Bay and Presqu'Ile. On Saturday night she got above Whitby, when the gale carried away her foresail and staysail, and broke the main boom. The main halyards had to be cut, as they would not run through the blocks, being coated with ice. Under nearly bare poles she ran to Presque'Ile before morning. Thinking he had got under Presqu'Ile the captain cast anchor, but presently 3 tremendous seas tossed the vessel furiously, and she parted her cable. With canvas frozen down he could not make the entrance to Weller's Bay, and so struck a half-mile to the south of it. His sight failed so that he could not see the lights himself, and so had to depend wholly on his men. He has recovered it again,however. He hopes that when the coal is taken out the vessel will float again.

p.2 Editorial - The unexpected earliness and suddenness of winter - which now seems to be setting in in real earnest - is proving a source of great inconvenience and loss to the shipping interest. Apart from accident and loss of life, which this season has been unusually appalling, the loss in vessel property has been something enormous. In the face of all this vessel men have dauntlessly put to sea being tempted to run all risks by the renumerative rates offered for freights. The season now may be said to be virtually closed, however, since ice in the canals has effectively blocked further through navigation for the present year.

Lachine Items - The Montreal Star says there are over 30 barges and lighters ice-bound in the canal between the last lock and Windmill Point. Many of these, however, are usually wintered in the canal. The Richelieu Navigation Company report that all their vessels were off before the cold spell came on. The following steam-vessels are ice-bound: tug John A. Macdonald, belonging to Kingston; side-wheeler L. Shickluna, of Toronto. The Argyle, of Hamilton, with a full load of freight,is blocked in the Beauharnois Canal and will remain until Spring. The prop. Prussia, of Hamilton, consigned to Messrs. Jacques & Co., was ready to load when the ice came. There is no probability of getting them out, but the only loss will be the fares of the crew going home & probable loss of a trip in Spring before the Canals open. There are several barges outside the canal, and the chances of their being injured by a Fall or Spring shoving of the ice is considerably against them. The Chief of Water Police said that 15 years ago there were 27 barges on the wharves but fortunately the ice neither shoved in Spring nor Fall, and they remained uninjured. The Canadian barges generally go to Sorel and the American vessels to Whitehall. Owners prefer to have repairs done at their own ports, which many will not be able to accomplish this season.

Loss of a Propeller - Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 26th - Advices were received yesterday that the propeller Fletcher, on Sunday last, during a severe snow-storm, was driven ashore on South Fox Island, a dangerous location at the foot of Lake Michigan. She at once filled and soon became a mass of ice. So violently had she wrenched that her corn was coming out through her sides. Capt. Graves was of opinion she would go to pieces. Her crew got off safely. The Fletcher left Chicago on Friday last with 34,500 bush of corn for the Grape Sugar Company in this city. She is owned by Messrs. P.P. Pratt, F.L. Danforth and James Ash, all of Buffalo. She was built at North Buffalo in 1873 by George Notter. She measures 985 tons, and is valued at $48,700, and rated A-1 1/2. There is an insurance on her hull to the amount of $35,000, the Buffalo, Toledo, Pacific, Mercantile, Phoenix, St. Paul and Orient Companies each having $5000. It is reported that an Anchor line prop. is in trouble in the Straits.

p.3 How Sailors Are Engaged - There is much wanting in the Navigation Laws of this country, but nothing recquires remedying more than the manner in which sailors are engaged to go on trips, especially in sailing vessels. The sailor, as a general rule, is hired and signs articles before the vessel is loaded. Should the vessel be overloaded his hands are tied and he cannot object to go on board. Knowing that she is overloaded, and therefore totally unseaworthy, he is compelled to sail in her. If he refuses, he is arrested, and puts in a plea that she is overloaded and unseaworthy. The captain and owner may come and swear the opposite, and there is no official to judge which is right. The Government should appoint an inspector, whose duty it will be at the very least to arbitrate between seamen and owners as to whether a vessel is overloaded or not. There is a vessel ashore at Frenchman's Bay with 400 tons of coal in her, and there is a suspicion that she is not qualified to carry near that quantity. [Toronto World]

Marine Notes.

A large fleet of vessels will winter here.

The sch. Annandale has been stripped and will winter at Swifts wharf.

The sch. Eureka left last night for Bath, where she will load barley for Oswego at 5 cents.

The tug McArthur, which was fast in the ice at Colchester for a few days, reached Detroit last evening, where she will get a new rudder.

The tug Chieftain came down the lake last night from the sch. Albatross, which must remain ashore for the winter. She is lying easy, having firmly settled in the ice.

Capt. Donnelly took a look at the Garibaldi as he passed her yesterday. He thinks she will be a total loss. She is breaking up. A big hole has been opened in her bow.

The tug Winslow and pumps went to Escanaba yesterday to the assistance of the sch. W.R. Taylor, ashore at South Manitou. The members of the crew are all at Traverse City.

The prop Armenia came in this morning from Toronto. She encountered foggy weather off the Ducks, and it was difficult to navigate to Kingston. This is her last trip down.

The sch. Eliza Quinlan ran into this harbour last evening. She was out in the gale of Wednesday night. The sch. will go into winter quarters here. She is laden with coal from Oswego to Port Hope.

The sailors on the sch. White Oak received $16 for the trip to Oswego and back. Those on the Forest Queen got $15. Both vessels started on Monday night. The Forest Queen reached Oswego after a sail of 40 hours. The White Oak has not returned yet.

The str. Hero arrived last night from Stone Mills and went into winter quarters. Ice was making exceedingly fast as she left the Mills. The steambarge Saxon attempted to break her way up the Bay but failed, and returned to the Mills where she will be laid up.

Louis Stonehouse, the frozen mate on the Garibaldi, was for 3 years mate on the sch. Anna M. Foster. The Captain, blinded by the storm, asked if any of the crew could steer into Wellers Bay. One of the sailors took the helm, but got 200 yards to the southward, where the vessel beached.

Seized For Wages - Yesterday afternoon the seamen on board the sch. Carveth consulted with Messrs. Smythe & Dickson in regard to the non-payment of wages, and as a result the vessel was seized. The sums due to the sailors range from $75 to $292, and aggregate $1,126.90. The men have been paid nothing during most of the season. The Sheriff last evening was put in possession of the vessel, which is owned by Messrs. W. Gerow (captain) and Joshua Dodd. She is loaded for Oswego with 14,500 bushels of rye belonging to Messrs. James Richardson & Co., who have guaranteed the freight to the sailors if they will deliver the grain consigned. The sailors prefer an immediate settlement. The Captain and part owner of the vessel left on Wednesday for Trenton, but up to noon today had not returned. He promised to be back last night. Before he went away, as an inducement to settle, the men offered to throw $25 off each account.

Returned Home - Capt. A. Milligan, of Garden Island, returned to the city yesterday afternoon, having spent 8 days in travelling from Duluth. He says the ice is very firm at Fort William. The sch. Richardson was stripped and left in charge of an old captain. Capt. Milligan has been praised for the admirable manner in which he handled the vessel during the perilous trip.

Ice Formation - Horses have been crossing the Bay of Quinte at Belleville and Mill Point. At the latter place the ice yesterday was reported to be 7" thick. The Pierrepont would have attempted to tow several vessels to Kingston, but it was thought under the circumstances inexpedient to make the attempt.

Body Found - The body of a man was found upon the shore of Little Marsh Cove, Henderson, Tuesday morning. It was dressed in rough sailor clothing, his woolen shirt being drawn over his head and frozen so hard that it was necessary to remove the body to a boat house nearby where it could be thawed out in order to recognize it. In the pockets were found 35 cents, but nothing that would lead to any identification of the man. Dr. Joseph Finney, Coroner, sends us this description, evidently with the belief that the body may be that of one of the Norway's crew.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1880