The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1883

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The schr. Sea Bird has reached Rathbun's wharf from Deseronto with lumber.

The steam barge Albion was obliged to cut her tow loose and return to Charlotte.

Great white caps rolled into the harbour and down the river today. The seas on the lakes must have rolled mountains high.

During the heavy wind yesterday the schr. Ashtabula capsized off Milwaukee and went to the bottom. The crew were saved.

The Vision left here yesterday laden with 4,200 bushels of barley, shipped by the Messrs. Richardson and insured by the Continental.

The schooner Albatross is ashore near Oak Orchard. She had a crew of three green men and the Captain. Their fate is unknown.

The prop. Dominion, from Montreal, started for the Canal yesterday, but had to run back and seek shelter from the gale at Swift's wharf.

The schrs. Glenora and Gaskin, from Duluth, with 72,000 bushels of wheat, arrived last night. They will, when unloaded, go into winter quarters.

Two schooners are anchored west of Charlotte showing signs of distress. The storm is so severe that no tug can leave the harbor to render them assistance.

The gale of last night was the severest of the season. It made the vessels in the harbour, even in the most sheltered places, dance up and down, but there was no damage done to them.

Captain Ott, of the schooner Forest Queen, was taken seriously ill about a week ago and compelled to leave his vessel here. His family at Oswego were notified at the time and were with him when he died.

The model of the new steamer for the American route, between Cape Vincent and Clayton and Alexandria Bay, was exhibited at Folger Bros.' office today and attracted a good deal of attention. It certainly gives promise of a very speedy boat.

A telegram from Oswego says: The schr. Vision, Capt. Stephen Tyo, bound from Kingston to Oswego, was caught by the gale off Oswego and driven ashore about 10 o'clock last night. The crew were taken off safely. The vessel is well out and resting easily. It is thought she will not break up.

The sections of the halved and pontooned steamships Athabasca and Algoma have not yet arrived here, but they are expected tonight, the blow not having a tendency to delay them on the river. The bow of the Athabasca was reported last night to be at the head of the Matilda Canal, and the stern at the head of the Morrisburg Canal. The bow of the Algoma had reached the foot of the Matilda Canal, and the stern the foot of the Morrisburg Canal.

The sections of the steamship Alberta left Cantin's drydock, Montreal, on Saturday morning in charge of Canal Superintendent Conway for the Upper Lakes, the work of cutting her in two having been a complete success. The steamships will be towed to Buffalo with all possible haste. The uniting of the parts cannot be done on Lake Ontario, as the complete steamships would be five feet too long for even the new locks of the Welland Canal.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1883