The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1883

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p.3 Another Steamer - Capt. Cross, of Smith's Falls, owner of the steamer Olive, and Capt. Noonan will put a steamer on Rideau Canal.

p.3 Here & There - Kingston forwarders by the canal are cutting rates. Swift has announced that he will carry freight at 5 cents per hundred.

The prop. City of Montreal will not leave here at her usual time on Sunday morning as she has been hauled out at Montreal.

The damaged American corn ex. propeller Armenia was sold in bond, 6,427 bushels, at 53 cents per bushel.

The Detroit Dry Dock Co. will build two new propellers, sister consorts of the prop. W.L. Frost to ply between Ogdensburg and Chicago. The Vermont Central R.R. will own the crafts.

The Athabaska, the first of the new iron steamships built on the Clyde for the Canadian Pacific Railway, for Lake Superior, is on her way out. She will be cut in two, sent through the canal, and refitted on reaching Lake Erie.


A very severe storm passed over Lake Michigan on Friday and Saturday last, in which the steamer Clinton was nearly disabled and for a time appeared powerless to resist the fury of the wind and waves. The Clinton left Chicago on Wednesday evening loaded with corn for Kingston and having in tow the barges Grimsby, Clyde and Gibraltar. A very fine breeze from the south assisted them until Friday morning, when the wind shifted to the north and increased to a hurricane. The Clinton was scarcely able to hold the vessels to the wind, but being a good sea boat and commanded by skillful officers all went well until about 11 o'clock, when the air pump gave way, rendering her engine almost useless. The steamer was no longer able to hold her tow and they were let loose when in sight of the Manitou Islands, Lake Michigan, under which the Captain endeavoured to get the Clinton for shelter. Very little headway was made, and as the leakage from the air pump increased the water in the fire hole, the crew began to feel that both they and the steamer were in great danger; they, headed by their mate, began to bail with pails, as the pumps were insufficient to remove the water which was rapidly raising. When still some distance from land the water began to extinguish the fires in the furnace, the firemen were unable to hold the steam and the crew showed signs of weariness and discouragement. Then they worked with the energy of despair and it was only by their strenuous efforts to save themselves from a watery grave that the steamer was kept afloat and the fires burning. About 3 o'clock the Clinton cast anchor under the lee of Manitou Island with over five feet of water in her firehole, her fires almost extinguished, her bulwarks stove in and the majority of her crew more or less injured, either from the scalding water or the rolling of the boat. On Sunday she proceeded to Cheboygan to undergo repairs. It is thought that the grain in the Clinton's hold is not much damaged. The crew wish publicly to thank the Captain and Mate for their coolness and ability in managing the vessel, and the engineers for the faithfulness with which they stood by their disabled engine in the storm and saved them from being buried beneath the billows of Lake Michigan. Later - A Cheboygan special announces the safe arrival there of all three of the Clinton's barges. No damage. The Clinton has made all necessary repairs, and is now en route for Kingston.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1883