The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1882

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Nellie Sherwood Gone - Vessel & Crew Missing.

The Asia Case.

Toronto, Sept. 20th - James Shipp, one of the passengers of the ill-fated Asia, who left the steamer at Owen Sound, on overhearing a conversation between the Inspector and Captain, has arrived in the city. He states that the former told the Captain that the boat was unsafe and would never reach French River, words which unfortunately proved too true.

During the past three years no less than ten vessels have been lost on the northern waters and over two hundred lives sacrificed.

Owen Sound, Sept. 20th - Grave fears are entertained here regarding the safety of the schr. Nellie Sherwood, which left here on the 12th inst., laden with flatcars and stone for the C.P.R. at Algoma Mills. Nothing has been heard of her since, and it is feared she is another victim to the fearful gale of last Thursday. The cause for apprehension is increased by the report of Captain Griffin, of the schr. A.G. Morey, who reports seeing a vessel go down near Cabots Head with all on board. The Sherwood was a small vessel, owned by Mr. John Pearson, of this place. She cleared with the following crew aboard: Capt. Blanchard and son, of Toronto; Thomas Gaskin, mate, Owen Sound; Alex McPhee, Owen Sound; Annie Mills, Toronto, cook.

The steamer Africa arrived here this evening from Sault Ste. Marie. She reports the finding of one of the Asia's passengers by an Indian near Byng Inlet. The body was that of a tall stout man with a dark moustache, and had on his person a gold watch and chain. The body was taken to Byng Inlet.

Word has been received in Toronto that ex-constable Bennett was not lost by the foundering of the Asia. He missed the boat and after the storm left on the Africa.

The Africa passed the steamer Ontario, falsely reported lost, in the Sault Ste. River.

p.3 Marine News - The schr. Philo Bennett, Capt. D. Eccles, left Charlotte Saturday morning for Kingston, but on account of heavy weather put into Big Sodus. Captain Eccles reported seeing the topmast of a vessel sticking out of the water about 12 feet, about 6 miles North east from Charlotte. She appeared to him to be a vessel of about 10,000 or 12,000 bushels. The main boom had loosened and was afloat. On account of the heavy sea Capt. Eccles was unable to get very close to her.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1882