The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1882

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p.2 The Schr. Sam Cook Wrecked - On Sunday morning the schr. Sam Cook cleared from Ogdensburg for Ashtabula with iron ore. She sailed up the river finely. Upon entering the head of the Narrows the breeze dropped completely, and fearing that she would drift on the shoals, the Captain threw out one of the anchors. It failed to stick on the rocky bottom, however, and in a few moments the vessel drifted to the reef just at the head of the Narrows. She went on broadside but the current soon swung her off again only to place her in more peril. She finally drifted down the stream until she went bow on to the shoal between Black Charlie and Picnic Islands, where she rapidly filled and sank, being deserted by the crew about 4 1/2 hours after first striking. The vessel has about 60 feet of water under her stern and is hard on at the bow, but can likely be raised. She was fully insured.

The Sam Cook was built at Oswego in 1873, and was registered as from Morristown, N.Y. She was owned jointly by Griffin, of Potsdam, and her present commander, Captain McKee, of Clayton.

The vessel lays with the knight heads forward, and her mizzen cross-trees aft, out of water. It is doubtful if she will be raised, as the expense would not equal the value of the cargo.

The Emma Challenged - Mr. N.S. Stone publishes the following challenge in the Oswego Palladium: "The yacht Ella will sail the yacht Emma, of Kingston, a time allowance 30 mile race for $500 or upwards." What has occurred to cause the challenge to be issued we are not aware, but evidently Mr. Stone has had his dignity touched higher perhaps than it was when he was so angry over the defeat of the Ella in Kingston.

p.3 Marine Arrivals - The chief marine arrivals yesterday were prop. Lake Ontario from Toledo with 6,400 bushels wheat; schr. Emerald, Chicago, 21,800 bush. wheat; prop. Erin, Chicago, 19,000 bushels wheat; schr. Maggie, Chicago, 19,223 bushels wheat; and schr. Fortune, Chicago, 12,560 bushels corn.

Whats The News? - a barge is being used to ferry cars across the river at Prescott while the steamer Transit is being repaired at Kingston.

An Aquatic Visitor - yacht Verve, 45' x 7' 10", draws 7' 5" - a long description.


And see,

She stirs, she starts, she moves,

She seems to feel

A thrill of life along her keel,

She spurns with contempt the ground

And leaps with one exultant bound

Into old Cataraqui's arms.

Such was the auspicious way in which the schooner Glenora slid off the ways yesterday morning amidst the shouts and huzzas of an assembled multitude. Promptly at ten o'clock upon signal stalwart men knocked out the props and away she slid down the greased skids, and, with a great splash, entered into her natural element. Just as she commenced to move Miss Maggie Gaskin, daughter of the Captain, swung aloft a bottle of champagne, and broke it upon the prow of the ship, and she was thereby duly christened the Glenora, after the name of a member of the Montreal Transportation Co. The rush with which the barge went into the water stirred up the muddy bottom, but in a moment the craft righted and like a duck floated upon the placid bosom of the bay. She was towed, stern foremost, through the swing bridge into Cataraqui River. She was then taken in tow by the Active, and the party aboard, consisting of Aldermen, ex-Mayors, citizens, pressmen, and a large number of juveniles, given a sail around the harbour. Garden Island was passed in the course of the trip.

The Glenora is one of the finest craft now afloat. She is constructed of the choicest material and in the most substantial manner. Her keel was laid last August by Bruce Robertson, one of the most expert and experienced of builders, whose skill is exhibited in many of the best vessels entering this harbour. She is built of oak timbers and topsides, rock elm bottom, and bilges square and edge bolted throughout. She is painted red to light water mark; light lead color to deep water mark, and from there up white with a green streak below covering board, and keel green. The cabin is white, with green blinds, and doors of grained oak. She carries two jibs, one staysail, one fore, one main, and one mizzen sheet. She has a handsome model, and appearances are improved by three full rigged masts, the canvass for which, of the best quality, has been made and fitted by Captain William Lewis. She has five hatches - an advantage which vessel men and shippers will appreciate. Over all she is 165 ft. 8 in.; breadth, 37 ft. 8 in.; depth amidships, 13 ft. 4 in.; and forward 18 ft., giving a shear of about 5 ft. Her gross tonnage is 660.52, and her carrying capacity, with a draught of 12 ft., 1,200 tons of iron, or 50,000 bushels of wheat. She cost $50,000. As soon as possible she will load 1,200 tons of railway iron, and with the John Gaskin, launched on May 17th, 1881, and laden with oats and iron, proceed in tow of the Active to Milwaukee. It is the intention of the Company to have the vessels towed from place to place by the Active, but should the weather force them to part company at any time the schooners can be sailed into port, and to this end both have been fully equipped. The Glenora is commanded by Capt. Batchelor, of St. Catharines; the Gaskin by Capt. S.L. Spencer, of Kingston; the Active by Capt. McMaugh, a man of large lake experience, and known to be a careful and safe navigator. In the construction of the vessels Mr. Robertson was ably assisted by some of the best shipwrights of which Kingston can boast, including Capt. W. Givens, Gilbert Merritt, Rooney Bros., William Cannem, Peter Mitchell, W. & S. Kennedy, and W. Hodgins. George Dodds, J. McCammon and T. Maloney did their share of the blacksmith and iron work. This is a guarantee of how well the service has been performed. We hope that the enterprise in which the Montreal Transportation Company has embarked, and which has benefitted our city, will prove successful; that the result of the venture will encourage them to go on, and place other craft on the stocks, especially a steam barge of large dimensions, or one or more craft of the Glenora style.

While the craft was passing out of the bay hospitalities were extended to the guests, principally aldermen, within the cabin. A light luncheon was supplied, and plenty of champagne and other liquors. Mr. Thomas Sullivan acted as caterer, and he performed his duties exceedingly well. "Success to the Glenora" was repeatedly drunk. The Mayor, Alds. Clements, Carson, Creeggan, Downing, Gordon, and others made pleasant and eulogistic addresses. Again when the vessel was bounding over the waves of Kingston harbour, another intellectual feast occurred; Dr. M. Sullivan in the chair. He made one of his characteristic speeches poking fun at everybody. He toasted "the outside Manager of the M.T. Company." That gentleman made a short and characteristic reply. Ald. J. McIntyre made an effective address christening Captain Gaskin as "Admiral of Cataraqui Bay." "Kingston Industries" were toasted by Ald. Smythe and replied to by Michael Grady, the "Iron Duke," Alds. Irving and Downing, Ald. McCammon nominated the Mayor for a second term. Dr. Sullivan did the honor to the "City Corporation" and after it had been heartily drunk, the party, who had by this time reached the dock, scrambled on shore, but not before again wishing "success to the Glenora."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1882