The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1880

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Maritime News.

The sch. Eureka is discharging a load of coal at McMillan's malt-house.

The boiler for the str. Gypsy has arrived and will be placed in the boat at Swift's wharf.

The tugs Franklin & Wren have been taken to the shipyard, where they will be repaired during the Winter.

The tug Bronson towed the M.T. Company's elevator from Power's shipyard to the foot of Princess Street. The tug found it difficult to cut her way through the ice.

Two captains of sailing vessels started out yesterday with the barge Carlyle for Portsmouth, where she is to go on the ways. The mariners could not manage the craft. She ran away with them. Finally after a most exciting time, the barge was brought to the city the centreboard was found to be frozen. It was thawed out and the steamer was then successfully taken out.

A Severe Voyage - The steamers Pierrepont and Maud left last evening about 6 o'clock, heavily laden with shingles, lath, varnish, hay, and fish from Lake Huron. Upon the first-named boat was a steam-pump, owned by Messrs. Calvin & Son, weighing 2300 lbs., going to Seneca, N.Y. for repairs. During the voyage the steamer rolled considerably. As the spray, which dashed over the vessel, was transformed into ice, walking on the deck was difficult. When the Pierrepont got within 3 miles of Cape Vincent the boat made a lurch and the big pump shifted, struck the gangway shutter and went three-quarters overboard. The cable held it in position. The steamer was stopped and the Maud ran alongside her. The united crews worked for 4 hours in getting the pump back to where it was. The night was terribly cold. The crews were completely iced over. None of them were affected seriously by the frost excepting Mr. Hopkins, the U.S. Custom's official, who had his ears nipped. The steamers reached Cape Vincent at about 1 o'clock this morning, unloaded, and arrived back about 10 a.m. today. The ice was 4" thick at the Cape, but the Pierrepont opened up the Channel. Capt. Miller says he was never out in such a cold night. He felt very sore, as his work as wheelsman was very laborious when pushing through ice. The Maud will probably now lay up. The Pierrepont may make another trip to the Cape.

Schr. T.C. Street.

Mr. John Gahagan, mate of the schr. T.C. Street, which went ashore at Wellington some time ago, is now in the city. He has received a letter from one who visited the vessel on Sunday last, when the wreck presented a forlorn and dismal sight. The schr. lay broadside on the beach, her masts and rigging a tangled mass, hanging by her side. The gales and sea have done beautifully what the owners failed to do - stripped the schooner completely. On Sunday the jibboom fell, carrying with it the three topmasts and the rigging, all of which fell into the lake. The ice accumulated on the boom to such a weight as to cause it to break on Sunday close to the vessel. Thieves are carrying away everything they can lay their hands upon and remove. Even the cable chains have been stolen, and the writer of the epistle referred to laconically remarks that he "supposes they will soon be walking off with the big anchor. The cargo of wheat has been nearly all taken out. It was sold for $50 ? to a firm, each of whom has made about $100 by the transaction after paying the duty, besides having a plentiful supply of damaged grain for their own use. On Monday the vessel was again visited. A lot of lumber was picked up and the chair upon which the sailors were rescued and drawn ashore by means of a cable attached to a tree. A rope ladder was also picked up. All these things will be preserved as reminiscences of the wreck. The vessel will soon have gone to pieces. Those who undertook to strip the vessel were not experts; if they were they did not perform the work required of them as satisfactorily as they might have done.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1880