The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1882

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p.2 MARINE NEWS - (column from 18th repeated, with exception of mention of Norway and Lillie Hamilton)

Effects Of Thursday's Blow.

The Clara Youell, caught in the late gale, lost 23,000 feet of lumber, and one of her shrouds and signal lights. Capt. Curphey says the Mystic Star has about two thirds of her mainmast and one half of her mizzenmast left.

Capt. Hadden of the schr. Two Brothers lost 25,000 ft. of lumber in Thursday's blow. The Mary Ann Lyndon (Lydon ?) had her deck load carried away even with her rail. She lost about 50,000 feet.

Capt. Curphey, of the schr. Clara Youell, says that the wind picked up his lumber and blew it away like shavings. The next time he will have it tied down.


98 Lives Lost - Terrible Sufferings of the Boats' Crews.

Parry Sound, Sept. 17th - Captain A.M. McGregor reached here yesterday by tug from Owen Sound, and reported passing the wreckage of a steamer off the Limestone Islands. He picked up and brought with him a trunk, a door, and a pillow slip, marked steamer Asia. About ten o'clock this morning a boat reached here from Point au Barrie, about 35 miles distant, bringing Mr. D.A. Tinkess, of Manitowaning, and Miss Christy Ann Morrison, from near Owen Sound, supposed to be the only two survivors of the ill-fated steamer.

A Survivor's Statement.

Mr. Tinkins (sic) makes the following statement: "I went aboard the Asia at Owen Sound, midnight Wednesday. The steamer was crowded, many passengers lying on the sofas and floor. All went well until about 11 o'clock on Thursday morning, when the storm struck us. Dishes and chairs were flying in every direction. We left the cabin and found difficulty in getting on deck. I got a life preserver and put it on. The boat went into the trough of the sea and would not obey her helm. She rolled heavily for about twenty minutes, when she was struck by a heavy sea and foundered, going down with the engines working about half past eleven. The Asia was making for French River, and had men, horses, and lumbermen's supplies for the shanties there.

The Boats Lowered.

I saw three boats lowered. I was in the first boat, and about eight were with me at first. More got in till the boat was overloaded and turned over. Twice parties were hanging on to my life preserver, which got displaced and I threw it off. I then left the boat and swam to the captain's boat, which was near by, and asked Mr. John McDougall, the purser, to help me in. He said it was but little use, but gave me his hand. When I got in there were eighteen in the captain's boat, and by that time there was a large number in and clinging to the boat I had left. I know nothing of the third boat. Our boat rolled over, and I remember missing poor John McDougall a few minutes after he helped me in. People were hanging on to the spars and other parts of the wreckage.

Sufferings Of Survivors.

Our boat was full of water, and the sea was constantly breaking over us. One of the first to die on the boat was the cabin boy. He was dying and being supported by one of the men, when a wave washed him overboard. The next to go was a boat hand. He was near the gunwale, coughing badly, when he jumped out. I could see him paddling around in the water for nearly a hundred yards. Our numbers were now reduced to seven, five of whom died before reaching the beach. Capt. Savage, who was the last to die, in my arms about midnight on Thursday, Mr. John Little, of Sault Ste. Marie, the mate, McDonald and two others, names unknown. The boat finally stranded near Point au Barrie about daylight on Friday, with Miss Morrison and myself the only two surviving. I put the bodies out on the beach and pried the boat off with an oar, but did not bale it out. Miss Morrison and I went down the beach in the boat to a derrick about one and a half miles distant, and lay on the beach all night. About 8 o'clock Saturday morning an Indian came along and I engaged him to bring us to Parry Sound. He would not bring the bodies.

To The Rescue.

The steamer Northern Belle, of the same line, which reached here this morning has been furnished with ice, etc., and has left for the bodies. Miss Morrison and Mr. Tinkiss are being well cared for here, and Dr. Potts thinks neither will suffer materially from their long exposure. There were very probably about one hundred on board the Asia.

The Asia.

The ill-fated steamer Asia formerly belonged to the Beatty Line, but was chartered by the Great Northern Transit Company to take the place of the Manitoulin, which met the same fate as the Asia last spring. The Great Northern Transit Company are the successors of the Georgian Bay Company, who owned the Manitoulin. It was impossible at a late hour last night to ascertain whether the Asia carried any Torontonians on Thursday last or not.

Latest By Telegraph.

Collingwood, Ont., Sept. 18th - Further particulars as to the loss of the Asia have not, as yet, reached here, and nothing can be expected until the arrival of the steamer Northern Belle, which was despatched from Parry Sound to the scene of the disaster; or until the return of the Mary Ann, sent from here early this morning. The sad news, which has brought bereavement to many a family, was not known here till a late hour on Sunday evening.

The steamer, when leaving here on Wednesday evening the 14th, had on board a gang of McDougall's men; some twenty-seven or thirty in the party, with supplies, five teams, etc., on board for French River, as well as a fair complement of passengers. The following are a few of those who are booked here; the names of others it will be difficult to secure, having purchased through tickets, and the steamer's books being lost:

Crew - Capt. J.N. Savage; first mate, Jno. A. McDermaid; second mate, A. McNab; wheelsmen, M. Davis and G. McKay; watchman, Jas. Smith; deckhands, Jno. McIlroy, Jas. Nolan, Wm. Stinson, C. Innes; first engineer, T.R. Bruce; second engineer, M. Windover; firemen, J.H. Degroat, Jas. Lamb; Stewart, Stephen Carter; waiters, Isaac Bennett, A. Watt, T. Lawrence; porters, R. Walker, T. Hill; ladies' maid, Mrs. Walter (Walker ?); cooks, T. Jackson and J. Jackson; purser, Jno. McDougall.

Passengers: twenty-seven or thirty shantymen, names as yet unknown; Wm. Christie (newly married) and wife, Collingwood; Wm. Clinton, Cincinnati, Ohio; A. Bowse, Mr. Shipp, Mr. Duncan and son, Hamilton; J. Martin, Collingwood; a man named Kerr, and family, of Limehouse, Ont.; W.B. Gallagher, Manitowaning; J.H. Tinkiss, Manitowaning; Mr. McNabb and Miss Hanbury, Owen Sound. Mr. Sproule of Cookstown, is supposed to have been on board. Two of the saved are D.C. Tinkis and Miss Christie, who have not yet reached here from Parry Sound.

Evening Memoranda - str. Rothesay taken off line running along American shore; Maxwell and Prince Arthur still running.

p.3 Seamen's Wages - want increase of half a dollar a day.

Dominion Exhibition - Mr. Power exhibiting ship models of schooner yacht, centreboard yacht, tug Rocket, ocean ships and str. Canadienne.

A Good Contract Completed - The steam barge Indian and consorts have arrived at Collinsby with timber from Serpent River. The Commodore has now completed his contract, making four trips in two months and 24 days. Serpent River is near the Straits of Mackinaw, and some declared that the Indian would not be capable of doing the work which would be required of her. But she did, and made voyages surpassing other tugs having a great reputation for speed and power. Capt. Fraser will take steps to put his dry dock in condition for service. The sunken barges and vessels off the old corporation property in Cataraqui Ward will be removed, and the channel deepened by dredging. Then the Indian and Southampton will be hauled out and the utility of the dock demonstrated.

Evening Edition

p.2 A Terrible Disaster - editorial on Asia disaster (repeated in tomorrow's edition - ed.)



The signal was hoisted today for a moderate breeze.

(repeat of items about Youell, Mystic Star, Two Brothers, Mary Ann Lyndon which appear above)

Mr. Gildersleeve has chartered the steamer Empress of India to run on the Bay of Quinte route. On Wednesday the Hero brings an excursion from South Bay, and on Thursday one from Picton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1882