The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1881

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On Sunday morning last a quantity of wreckage was found on the Goodenough property, Lake Erie shore, about two miles below Dunkirk, N.Y. The wreckage consisted of a lot of telegraph poles and a portion of the cabin, in which was secured a cupboard full of papers. The top drawer of the cupboard, which probably contains the papers and names of the crew for the present season, is broken off. The lower drawers, however, contain papers which serve to identify the wreckage as belonging to the schooner Mary Jane of St. Catharines, Ont., 145 tons burthen. There is little doubt that her crew met a similar fate. She was owned and commanded by Capt. P. Flannigan, who leaves a wife and family in Toronto, Ont. Deputy Collector Williams has secured the papers and made a report substantially as above to the Government. The wreckage from the E.P. Dorr continues to wash ashore between Buffalo and Port Colborne. It is reported that the schooner Willie Keller is long overdue, but at present it is impossible to collect reliable information, as many vessels are in shelter at various points out of reach of telegraphic communication. No bodies have yet been found. The vessel was bound from Port Hope for Erie with telegraph poles, passed through the Welland Canal on Friday night, and left Port Colborne with a fair wind at 8 a.m. on Saturday. She must therefore have foundered on Saturday evening, as the wreckage was discovered early on Sunday morning.


The schr. Nellie Sherwood is loading iron ore for Sodus at 50 cents.

The schr. Wm. Elgin has arrived here from Brockville with rye for Oswego at 3 1/2 cents.

Today the steamer John A. Macdonald arrived with a barge and the schr. Elgin. The boiler of the tug Traveller also came by the same tow.

Seventeen horses came down the Bay of Quinte yesterday on the steamer Hero, and went across the channel on the Maud, being bound for the New York market.

The tug F.A. Folger returned with the barge William from Cape Vincent last night. The barge's leak has been stopped and she will be taken on to Montreal with her cargo.

Whats The News? - Capt. Cuthbert returned from N.Y.; Atalanta is lying in Morris canal.

There is a demand for vessels to carry grain from Bay ports to Oswego, three to four cents per bushel being offered. The schr. Fabiola and steam barge Kingsford have been chartered from Belleville at 3 1/2 cents and the steambarge Saxon from Rednersville at 3 cents.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1881