The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1883

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The following is a list of the marine disasters of Monday night's storm as fully as can be ascertained: Schr. John Wesley, at Windmill Point, Lake Erie, a total loss; schr. E. Fitzgerald, leaking, lost sails and considerable rigging; schr. Nellie Gardner, sails split; schr. Norway, ashore at Port Colborne, will be a total loss; brig Hercules, ashore at Port Colborne on sandy bottom, vessel will not be seriously injured, but loss part of her cargo; schr. Bay State, towed into Alpena severely strained; barge York State, which went ashore at Bay View, towed into Buffalo today, grain laden, cargo partially damaged, vessel strained; prop. St. Paul, collided with floating elevator Marquette, sustaining damage of $2,000; prop. East Saginaw, foundered off Sand Beach; sloop Tourist, ashore at Oswego; schr. Lucy J. Clark, ashore at Cheboygan; schr. Bismarck, of Kingston, disabled near Port Colborne; schr. Typo, lost at Amherst Island, with 22,000 bush. wheat; prop. Conemaugh, reported ashore near Grindstone City; schr. G.M. Case, bulwarks stove in and everything portable carried away; schr. St. Peter, lost all her sails; tug Edward Fiske, wheel broken; schr. W.H. Vanderbilt, sunk at Long Point, total loss; schr. Sarepta, ashore at East Fairhaven; prop. Sanilac, aground on Middle Island, near Sarnia; schr. City of Chicago went ashore at McGulpin's Point, Cheboygan, but was subsequently released without much damage except loss by jettisoning a portion of her cargo of grain; schr. Lily Hamilton, of Port Burwell, ashore at Hay Bay, Lake Ontario; schr. Seabird went on Point Frederick shoal and scuttled, will be raised; schr. Fanny Campbell, of St. Catharines, ore laden, on Thompson's Point, Bay of Quinte; barge Gorman, stern broken; str. Arizona, ashore at Grindstone City; passenger steamer North-West, at Detroit, badly damaged, panic among passengers.



The schr. Jessie Macdonald, Oswego, 144 tons coal; schr. Maumee Valley, Chicago, 14,808 bush. corn; prop. Niagara, Chicago, 24,171 bush. corn have arrived in port.

The schr. Typo, owned by Bleyer Bros. of Milwaukee, and wrecked on Amherst Island, has been abandoned to the underwriters. She was insured for $12,000, $7,000 in the Boston Marine, and $5,000 in the Mechanic's & Traders'. The cargo of wheat was insured for $24,000 in the Continental, one of the "Big Four" companies.

Belleville yachts have a race today for the Barber & Leslie trophy. The cup is embossed and chased and very handsome.

The Empress of India will be withdrawn from the Port Dalhousie route next week, on account of the boisterous weather.

The City of Toronto has one of her wheels off, and the other is being taken off to enable her to get to Muir's dock at St. Catharines, where she will be made over so as to pass through the St. Lawrence canals.

The Norway's bow is out of water, but her port-holes are open. Every thing is safe. Her deck load has not budged, and the team of horses are still on board. Captain Crawford, of the Norway, complains bitterly of the negligence of the harbor tugs in letting him go ashore without making an attempt to help him. The same tugs allowed the Hercules to go ashore in broad daylight. It is a disgrace to the harbor that vessels in distress should not have assistance near at hand. The cargo of timber is owned by Flett & Bradley, of Hamilton, and is not insured.

The steamer Chieftain and schr. Denmark have gone to the rescue of the schr. Norway, at Port Colborne.

Owing to the storm the steamer Algerian has been delayed, and will pass down to Montreal on Sunday instead of tomorrow morning.

Messrs. Garner & Williams have been awarded the contract, $1,000, for building the life boat house at Wellington.

The tug McArthur is all safe in Port Burwell with one shaft broken. The raft she had in tow is parted, though one crib is still at anchor off Eagle Dock near Port Stanley. The other two cribs are ashore at Tyrconnel, one still unbroken and one partly wrecked. The one at anchor rode out the gale all right. The owners of the raft are looking after the timber. No loss or damage to the timber is anticipated.

The schr. Peerless, of Hamilton, sunk Wednesday night, twelve miles south of Pt. Peter; all hands were saved. She was loaded with iron ore, from Belleville to Cleveland, consigned to Cleveland Rolling Mills, and insured for $3,500 in the New York Pool. She left Belleville the 25th inst. and experienced very heavy weather, losing her flying jib and all her top sail. About nine o'clock Wednesday night she commenced leaking, and after three hours work at the pumps, the crew, consisting of seven men all told, took the small boat and succeeded in making land safely, two miles east of Port (sic Point) Peter. The Peerless was a Canadian vessel of 260 tons capacity, built at Oakville some years ago, but was rebuilt in 1881 and classed B-1. She was owned by Capt. James Savage, who commanded her.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1883