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

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p.1 Another Propeller Lost - By a private telegram from Cheboygan, Michigan, received in Hamilton the Times learns that the wreck of the prop. Simcoe, owned by the Northwest Transportation Company, Collingwood - of which Mr. Charles Cameron is manager - had been passed by the captain of a Canadian propeller just arrived at that port. There is no tiding as to the crew of the wrecked vessel but it is hoped they are safe. The weather at Cheboygan when the despatch was sent off was good, with the wind blowing from the southwest, and the prop Canada (Capt. Kiah), of Collingwood, had just arrived in port to wood. She is on her way to Chicago.

The wrecked prop was built from the hull of the Mary Ward this spring, and was regarded as a very staunch vessel. She has been used as an extra boat in the Chicago & Collingwood line this season. Further particulars have been telegraphed for, and will be awaited with much interest by those having friends on board.


Marine Notes.

The prop Africa arrived this morning from Toronto, light.

The sch. Cataract reached Charlotte last evening with a cargo of iron ore.

Capt. J. Savage, who abandoned the sch. Peerless, at Oswego, is reported to be at Wellington.

The sch. Bessie Barwick is fastened in the ice at Collinsby, where she will have to remain until Spring.

The prop California, sunk at Toronto, will be taken to Port Dalhousie and receive a thorough overhauling.

The sch. George Thurston was this morning towed from Ogdensburg to Kingston. She will proceed westward.

An attachment has been issued against the sch. Wave Crest in favor of F.B. Robinson, for $125, alleged damages to his dock at Oswego.

The schrs. Flora Carveth and Huron left this afternoon in tow of the tug Hiram A. Calvin, the former for Oswego and the latter for Huron.

The captain of the sch. Anna M. Foster complains that the lamp on Indian Point was not lit until after dark on the night of 24th inst.

The decision of Judge Drummond, of Chicago, that Fall freight cannot be collected in the Spring, is causing considerable discussion in marine circles.

All the barges of the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company will winter at Portsmouth, where the schrs. Erie Belle, Hercules, and Lily Hamilton also quarter.

The work of blasting out the channel of the Gallops Rapids on the St. Lawrence by Government engineers will be continued. River navigators are of opinion that the work is useless and that the money thus expended is being wasted.

The Vessel Seizure - Last evening Sheriff Ferguson arranged with Messrs. Richardson & Sons to let the sch. Flora Carveth deliver her cargo at Oswego. Bonds to the amount of $20,000 were given for the vessels return to this city. The crew refused to go on the trip, and in consequence, the Sheriff ordered them ashore. Capt. Milligan and a new crew were put in command. The mainsail was found unseaworthy and was replaced by another. The vessel will probably get off this afternoon. In conversation with one of the seamen sueing for his wages, it was stated that during 3 months the seamen had threatened at different times to tie the vessel up. The captain's brother and his brother-in-law were both on board the vessel, which plied all season between Canadian ports and Oswego and Ogdensburg. Only on one occasion has she gone through the canal. The vessel has done a prosperous business.

The Captain has not returned yet and it is whispered he may not. The vessel was mortgaged for $4000 debt held by Mr. Butterfield of Port Hope, upon which $1000 was paid; another $1000 was due next December. One of the part owners, Mr. Dodd, is in Manitoba. The vessel is worth about $8000. Should no arrangement of the present difficulty be reached the vessel will have to be sold.

Bay of Quinte Route - Two weeks ago the Picton Gazette inserted a communication the writer of which complained of the irregularity of the steamer on the route between Belleville and Kingston. Our contemporary says: "It would be well, before condemning Mr. Gildersleeve, to take a retrospective view of the efficient manner in which this route has been sustained for over a quarter of a century under very trying circumstances, oftentimes at great pecuniary loss. We do not feel disposed to condemn Mr. Gildersleeve for a few shortcomings, being fully persuaded that no other steam-boat operator would have served the travelling public any better if as well."

Exports - The steamer Maud has carried to Cape Vincent, recently great loads of freight, principally baled hay and straw, .....

p.4 Propeller Sunk - Early yesterday morning a propeller sunk at the Northern Elevator, Toronto. It proved to be the California, which runs between Ogdensburg and Toronto. She arrived at Toronto on Wednesday, and having discharged her cargo proceeded to load wheat and corn; amounting to 17,500 bushels. Yesterday morning Capt. McMaugh gave orders to back out. The prop. was too light forward, and the captain decided to take on enough grain to make things even. The boat turned into the wharf and increased her load 200 bushels, after which the prop. steamed up, but would not budge from her position. Capt. McMaugh sounded the pumps and found 6' of water in the hold. Further examination proved that water had entered through a hole on the starboard side, about 4' from the stem. In turning round the broken ice cut through a plank at the water-line, making a pretty large hole. While taking on her additional cargo of 200 bushels the boat gradually filled with water, the captain and crew being unconscious of the accident. The prop. sank in 12' of water. A large gang of men were set to work at the pumps, while another gang proceeded to clear the deck of a quantity of grain tied up in bags, and other freight. The greater portion of the cargo is, however, soaked, and may be considered a loss. This was to have been the California's last trip this season. She was built at Hamilton 16 years ago, and was regarded as a substantial good sailing craft.

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