The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 2, 1882

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p.3 Marine Insurance - On Thursday at noon the vessel insurances ceased, and in consequence most of the sailing crafts are in winter quarters. The disasters that have occurred during the past few weeks have been quite serious. The insurance pools were congratulating themselves upon their good luck, but their felicitations have been premature.

Here and There - The Armenia, plying between Deseronto and Ogdensburg, completed her hundredth round trip this season on Thursday. She did not miss a trip the whole season.

Capt. Dennis, one of the owners of the wrecked schooner Henry Folger, arrived here today in a steam yacht from Clayton, en route for Picton, thence to the vessel.

Raising An Elevator - Mr. A. Sharp feels that he has been overlooked in the mention made of the raising of one of the Montreal Transportation Company's elevators. The Chatham engine and the Leslie pumps could not have got her up and kept her afloat had Mr. Sharp not closed the leaks, the operation being a decidedly unpleasant one on account of the coldness of the water.....


Loss Of The Schr. Henry Folger And All Her Crew.

Lake disasters of late have been unfortunately frequent. Closely following the loss of the schr. Collingwood comes the news that the schr. Henry Folger, loaded with coal from Black River to Brockville, has been wrecked. The vessel ran on the Salmon Point shoals on Thursday night during the gale and snow storm, and her crew of eight were lost. It is supposed that the waves went completely over the craft. She was built in 1878 in Clayton, N.Y. by S.G. Johnson for himself, and the Messrs. Folger Bros. Last year she was sold to Dennis & Ellis & Co., Clayton, N.Y. She was one of the staunchest vessels sailing on the lakes, full canal size, had been very profitable, was valued at $12,000, and insured in the AEtna Insurance Company. The expiry of all insurances occurred on the 30th ult., but the

Folger Had Her Time Extended.

She was commanded by Captain McDonald, of Clayton, N.Y., who had been in charge of her for several years. He was well known in this city as a skillful navigator.

Over a week ago the vessel suffered in a blow on Lake Erie. She reached Buffalo safely, but it was asserted by one of the crew that during the gale that the seas made a clean breach over the deck, and that it was impossible to go forward or aft. Her head sails, fore-jibs and foresail were carried clear out of the boat ropes and the yawl lost. The hawser box was swept from the deck, and her seams opened. She ran into the harbour with here and there a bit of canvass hanging to the ringing, her bulwarks stove in and making water. Repairs were made to the vessel and she

Cleared For the Canal.

She arrived there on Thursday morning, passed through the locks and left Port Dalhousie on her last short run for Clayton where she was to be laid up. It is sad to chronicle that when the journey was nearly over she should be lost and the crew meet a shocking fate. The schr. which passed this port yesterday and reported to be the Folger turns out to be the schr. Huron.

Receipt of Special Telegrams.

The following special telegrams have been received by the Whig:

"The schr. Henry Folger went ashore on Salmon Point reef Thursday night. She is a total wreck, all hands lost. Two bodies have come ashore. From the papers found on one of the bodies it is supposed to be that of Capt. McDonald.

"Clayton, N.Y., Dec. 2nd - The schr. Henry Folger, lost off Salmon Point Thursday night, was owned by Captain Thos. Dennis, C.A. Ellis and Captain McDonald, all of Clayton. The crew, so far as known, consisted of the Capt., his son Charlie, aged 15; Watson Wiley, mate; Wm. Canell and Nelson Lonton, all Clayton men. The vessel was insured for $10,000, and had a cargo of coal for Brockville, loaded at Cleveland. Capt. McDonald leaves a wife and three little girls, the eldest aged 10 and an aged mother, all bearing a double loss. They are left in good circumstances. The deepest feelings of regret are felt and expressions of kindest sympathy expressed for the distressed families. The wreck lies 12 miles from Picton. Two bodies have been found, one of which is supposed, from papers found to be that of the Captain. [Clayton Independent]"

Description of Salmon Point.

Salmon or Wicked Point light is situated on Prince Edward coast, about 60 miles from Kingston. It is one of the most dangerous places on Lake Ontario. The shoals run out into the lake for severarl miles, and are covered by only a few feet of water. Many vessels have been wrecked at the Point. Some years ago the schr. Jessie went to pieces there and the crew perished before the eyes of affrighted people who watched the disaster from the shore. One man was but a few feet from land when the back sea took him out and drowned him. In a snow storm such as occurred on Thursday night a vessel could not safely navigate. It is high time that the Government took steps to establish life stations on the Prince Edward coast, especially at Salmon Point.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 2, 1882