The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 6, 1883

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Adrift On Lake Huron.

On Wednesday morning a despatch was received at Goderich from Port Albert, asking for a tug to go to the rescue of the crew of the barge Wm. Great, laden with lumber, bound from Bay City to Detroit, and which had broken away six days ago from the Clark while off Sand Beach. Owing to the heavy sea running it was impossible to send a tug, but Mr. Wm. Lee, accompanied by Capt. W. Butler of the dredge Challenge, proceeded up the shore with all haste possible to rescue the unfortunate men who were still on the vessel. On their arrival they found that the mate, cook and two sailors had left the Great at 3 o'clock Tuesday on a raft, and after spending a terrible night on the raging waters were cast ashore at daylight Wednesday morning. They had given up all hopes of ever reaching land and were in a used-up condition when found. Part of the time they were waist deep in water. They were lashed to the raft. The night was cold and a heavy gale blowing, which nearly caused their death. None of the crew had had a mouthful to eat for many days, owing to the cabin being washed overboard, carrying everything away, with their clothing, provisions, etc., and leaving them nothing but the lumber to shelter them. During the day the Captain and others of the crew were floated ashore on rafts, one of the sailors coming ashore on a piece of plank. Some of them were so weak and stupid from exposure that it will take great care to bring them around. The vessel has gone to pieces and the shore is strewn with the wreckage.

p.2 The Oswego Express says Capt. Ellman was honorably acquitted. There was not a shadow of evidence against him.

Today's Marine News.

The steamer Cuba ran into lock No. 7, Welland Canal, yesterday, carrying away two gates. The accident was occasioned by the breaking of the snubbing line. There will be a delay of several days in the navigation.

The schr. B.W. Folger has just come out of the dry dock thoroughly overhauled. She is loading lath for Charlotte at 25 cents per m.

The coal rate from Charlotte to Trenton is 40 cents per ton, and the lumber rate from Trenton back is $1.20 per m., an advance all round.

The arrivals in port are: Barge Eagle, Charlotte, 507 tons coal; barge Iowa, Charlotte, 564 tons coal; barge Oneida, Charlotte, 440 tons coal; barge Seneca, Oswego, 478 tons coal; barge Toronto, Oswego, 546 tons coal; barge Dorchester, Oswego, 574 tons coal; barge Kansas, Oswego, 555 tons coal; prop. St. Magnus, Duluth, 10,000 bush. wheat.

p.3 A Captain Honorably Acquitted - Capt. Ellman; schr. Sarepta was ashore at Fair Haven.

Here & There - Capt. Gaskin to Soo where schr. John Gaskin is leaking badly, loaded with iron rails.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 6, 1883