The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1883

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The schr. Prince Alfred is loading iron ore for Sodus.

The propeller Erin has been disabled. She will probably be docked.

The schooner Augusta arrived at Garden Island today with timber from Toledo.

The schooner G.M. Neelon cleared from Garden Island last night for Toledo, light.

The schrs. Samana and J.H. Mead cleared this morning for Oswego, where they will load coal for Chicago.

The steam yacht built by Cuthbert is to be called Rosamund. She may not be launched before next week.

The tug Mixer took the schr. Manzanilla down to where the Conqueror is sunk. She will be used by the wreckers in raising the sunken tug.

Offord's new yacht, which has been named Victoria, will not be finished before the end of the month. She is a standing keel and promises to be very fast.

While the steamer Traveller was towing the last raft of Calvin & Son Captain Sughrue, who acts as pilot, was seriously hurt by a hawser parting and striking him on the chest.

The schr. Jennie Matthews, from Chicago, with 23,140 bush. corn, and the W.T. Greenwood, from Toronto, with 8,000 bush. wheat, have arrived for the Montreal Transportation Company

The schooner James R. Benson, owned by Captain Neelon, of St. Catharines, capsized at Rondeau on Monday and lost one man. No particulars yet. The Benson was built in 1873 and is worth $13,000. No insurance.

The yacht Coquette, of Hamilton, was struck by lightning and the topmast shattered. The lightning ran down the topmast forestay to the end of the bowsprit, which was also broken. It ran from that along the bowsprit shroud to the chain plate, broke off a couple of planks there and went right through to the other side. Some $30 or $40 worth of damage was inflicted. The boat is insured. In one place on the wire rigging several strands of wire were melted.

The case of the Harvest Queen has been settled. This vessel was lost and the owners sued for insurance. A sailor named Ledford, from Kingston, was one of the crew. The insurance, $8,000, was collected. The owners, however, got but little of it. After all the fees and expenses had been paid the owner's portion was $1,100. A new trial was asked for, but the Judge said that a person who got into litigation must expect to pay well for it.

Yesterday afternoon a telegram announced the death of Robert Newell, mate on the schr. Bavaria, bound down with timber from Toledo. His death occurred at Sarnia. His remains will be brought to the city by Grand Trunk. Particulars of his demise have not been received, but it is presumed he was fatally injured. He was about forty years of age and his family reside on Rideau Street. He was a member of the Seamen's Union, which body will take charge of his funeral. Later - Newells was struck by the tow line of the schr. Bavaria between Point au Barque and Port Huron. He will be buried tomorrow on Wolfe Island by the Union.

A Horse-Boy Drowned.

During the down trip of the schooner Augusta, when on Lake Erie opposite Point Pelee, the Mate and horse-boy named John Avery were engaged in washing out the yawl boat. The bolt ring in which it is suspended to the davits pulled through the wood, dropping the men into the water. The man at the wheel immediately threw out a life-preserver, which was reached by the mate, but before the boat was rounded to the horse-boy he had disappeared. He was an excellent swimmer, had on a pair of heavy seaboots on and they appear to have carried him down. He was 18 years of age and belonged to Port Dalhousie. The Mate when brought aboard was in a very exhausted condition, and it was some time before he recovered consciousness. Capt. Colville, who is in command of the Augusta, states that every possible effort was made to rescue the young man.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1883