The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1883

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The Department of Marine has decided to present to Mr. Michael Troy, of Wolfe Island, a silver watch in recognition of his humane and praiseworthy exertions in saving life in Lake Ontario. Mr. Troy lives on Wolfe Island, not far from Long Point, and within eight years has saved 12 lives. In the Fall of 1875 he went out in a fearful gale and picked up two men who were lying helpless in the bottom of a boat. They had been towing behind a steamer and had broken loose and drifted away. They had been two days without food when rescued. In August, 1880, four American tourists were fishing near Long Point and were overtaken by a squall, which upset their boats and nearly drowned the men. Mr. Troy transported his boat across the point in a waggon, launched her in a boiling surf, and finally got them to land. On another occasion, in a heavy storm of wind and rain, a little steamer with three men on board foundered, owing to the cargo shifting and rolled over. The men clung to the bottom. Mr. Troy saw them by the aid of his glass, and going to their rescue successfully landed them in an exhausted condition. One of them, a lad, remained in an unconscious state for a couple of hours.



The prop. Persia ran into Charlotte on Sunday to avoid the gale. She has not reached here yet.

The schr. Potomac, lumber laden, is ashore near Frankfort, Mich. She is a total loss. The crew were saved.

The vessel William Home, of Detroit, ran in at nine yesterday morning to Sackett's Harbor with her canvass blown away.

Yesterday the schr. Edward Blake with coal from Sandusky to Kingston, ran ashore east of the piers at Port Colborne. She has been successfully taken off.

The C.P.R. steamship Alberta has reached Valleyfield, where she is now moored until more favorable weather sets in. The Athabasca is in the vicinity of Brockville.

There are many enquiries for the schr. William Home, bound from Detroit to Kingston with 22,000 bushels of wheat. She left the canal the same time as the Gaskin and Glenora, but has not yet arrived.

The Canadian Pacific Railway Company, it is said, desire to purchase the Canadian steamer Spartan, on which the Detroit Dry Dock Company have a claim of $21,000 for repairs and Captain S.B. Grummond a lay bill for wrecking.

The insurance companies, by whom the propeller Oneida, recently sunk in the St. Lawrence River, was insured, it is said, have offered one half the insurance on the boat to the wrecker that will get her afloat.

Most of the rescued freight from the sunken prop. Oneida has been sold at Alexandria Bay and vicinity and it is considered likely that some of the damaged corn will also be disposed of there. Most of it, however, will likely come into the hands of Brockville and Ogdensburg stock dealers.

The schr. Penokee, loaded with corn, and bound for Ogdensburg, came to anchor in Cape Vincent yesterday with sails and foreboom gone and badly iced. The wind struck her off Presque Isle about eight o'clock on Sunday evening. The gale was as severe as ever experienced. The schr. Mott, from Kingston, light, came in just before the gale broke.

The schr. Clara Youell, with 300 tons of coal for Toronto from Oswego, is in port. She has about 4 1/2 feet of water in her hold. She was above Port Hope when the gale struck her on Sunday night. She made for Kingston, but on the way down sprang a leak and filled. Her cargo will be discharged here and she will then go on the dry dock for repairs.

Last night the schr. Lewis Ross went ashore on Ford's shoals near Oswego. When discovered this morning she was a half mile out, the sea making a clean break over her. It was snowing so hard that it was impossible to tell whether any of her crew are aboard. The surf boat capsized twice while being launched, the crew narrowly escaped. A tug boat has gone up with a metallic life boat.

No word has been received of the tug Protection and schooner Arab. It is considered almost certain that they have gone down with all hands in Lake Michigan. On the tug were Captain Martin Blackburn, in charge of the wrecking force; Frank Anderson, in command of the tug; Capt. John Fitzpatrick, pilot; Wm. Dalton, engineer; second engineer, name unknown; John Powers, deck hand; Albert Powers, fireman; John Taylor, fireman; Chas. Clark, cook; Capt. Wm. Kelley and Capt. Edward Courmiskey, in charge of the tugs. The Arab had a crew of seven men.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1883