The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1881

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Second Collision Of The Season on Lake Michigan.

Detroit, Mich. Nov. 29th - The following is from the Chicago Tribune. "About 6 a.m. on Thursday, during a severe and blinding snow storm, the propeller Northern Queen, of the New England Transportation Line, collided with the propeller Lake Erie, of the same line, off Poverty Island, Lake Michigan. The Lake Erie was struck about the after gang way and sunk in an hour and forty minutes. After the collision the crew of the Lake Erie were taken on board the Northern Queen, when it was found that one of the deck hands was badly scalded by the escaping steam. Capt. Cameron immediately headed the Northern Queen for Manistegne, Mich., for the purpose of obtaining assistance for the unfortunate man, but he died before medical aid could reach him. Both the Northern Queen and Lake Erie were bound to Collingwood from this port, with cargoes of corn and sundries. The Lake Erie was commanded by Capt. J.H. Johnson. This is the second boat the New England line has lost on Lake Michigan this season, the first being the propeller Columbia, which foundered off Frankfort, Mich., and seventeen persons lost their lives.

Toronto, Nov. 29th - The sunken propeller Lake Erie had a $10,000 cargo of corn for Gooderham & Worts, which is fully insured. The vessel is insured for $12,000, of which the Phoenix holds $5,000 and the Aetna $4,500, the balance being divided between the Western, Royal Canadian, and Anchor and Marine.

Oshawa, Nov. 29th - The steamer Norseman, while on her way up the lake, ran ashore about two miles East of this port at 1 o'clock this morning. There is 7 feet of water in her hold. The crew reached the shore safely.

A telegram states that the steamer was lying easy and that "there was no wind at all." At Kingston a southwest gale was blowing. We learned this afternoon that the steamer lies in eight feet of water.

Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve was asked to send assistance, and Capt. Donnelly left this afternoon with the steamer Chieftain, two divers, and two steam pumps. It is said that the steamer was leaking badly, having made thirteen inches in one half-hour. The Norseman plies between Port Hope ports and Charlotte.

Forty captains are said to be in Kingston with full pockets, the results of their season's labor.



The Hero will lay up for a day or so.

The schr. B.W. Folger is at Picton, light. She will probably load there.

The schrs. Ryan and Nellie Sherwood sought shelter in South Bay last night.

The str. Armenia arrived here this morning from Ogdensburg and left for Deseronto, where she will lay up.

Capt. G. Malone, of the barque Alexander, has returned from Chicago. The vessel paid its way all through the season he says. He has laid her up at Chicago.

The Canadian propeller Europe, which carried away the lock gates at Port Dalhousie and collided with the schr. M. Fillmore there, has arrived in Buffalo with 17,721 bushels of barley.

The steam barges Saxon and Kingsford have arrived at Deseronto from Oswego, and were nearly cut through with ice. The Saxon discharged her load there. They both ran back to Picton.

The prop. Celtic arrived here yesterday for Hamilton with 100 tons of iron. She encountered a good deal of ice in the canals en route from Montreal. The Captain was afraid he would not reach Hamilton.

The schr. Eureka, as soon as she unloads the coal she now has, will go to Gananoque to load barley for Oswego. Capt. Saunders has made upwards of 25 trips across the lake this year. He will continue to run until the freezing of the lake occurs.

The schr. Erie Belle is still in the harbor awaiting favourable winds before sailing for Toronto. Her insurance runs out tomorrow noon, and she can hardly reach her destination by that time. The probabilities are she cannot reach Toronto this season, owing to the winds, which captains have noticed for the past month blowing from the west and south-west, and which it is thought will continue.



Capt. Wm. Leonard, of the tug Gardner of Oswego, is well known on the river and lakes as one of the most experienced as well as daring navigators now in active service. He has, during his life, been out in some pretty tough weather, his latest achievement in that line being on Saturday last. It appears he left Oswego about 3 o'clock Saturday having in tow two of the K. & M. Forwarding Company's barges, light. On getting outside Oswego harbor he found the water pretty rough, but on looking the matter over concluded to go ahead, trusting to the seaworthiness of his craft and his own ability to manage her. Getting well out into the lake he found that the wind, which previously had been blowing stiff, had now reached the proportions of a hurricane, and everything movable about the tug and barges commenced to dance around at a lively rate. For some time this went on, the barges at times being out of sight of those on the tug, and the waves washing completely over them. To add to the trouble in this direction the tow line parted and then both barges were left to the mercy of the waves. They danced around like corks in a tea kettle, and, says the Recorder, at one time things looked as though both would be lost. Leonard, however, was not going to give them up without an effort, and after a tough fight, in which the tug got into the trough and came near being swallowed up, she managed to get alongside and secure her consorts. From that time she fought her way into Kingston, arriving here about 11 o'clock, everything safe, but pretty well saturated. Leaving Kingston the Captain thought he would see if the old boat had been injured, and starting out ran her to Brockville in 1 hour and 45 minutes, demonstrating conclusively that there was life in the old dog yet.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1881