The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1883

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p.1 Vessel Safe Enough - Chicago, Nov. 15th - The str. Argonaut, which it was feared had foundered in Sunday's storm, is reported safe at Port Hope. The owners of the barge Merrimac think she is also safe.

p.2 A Female Adventuress - trying to blackmail captain for alleged rape.



The steamer Island Chief, anchored in Holland's Bay, was blown ashore, on Sunday night, tipped over and filled with water.

The wheat and corn on the wrecked propeller Oneida is being sold at 5 cents per bushel. The men are working on the wreck night and day.

A later despatch from Oswego says another westerly blow will complete the wreck of the schr. Vision, ashore at the Midland shops. She is in bad shape.

An unknown vessel was wrecked at Long Point, Lake Erie, yesterday, and the crew of seven or eight men were drowned in attempting to reach land in the yawl.

There is no change in the situation of the schr. Vision, ashore a short distance east of Oswego. She is partially canted over to one side. The seas break over her, but she seems to lie easy.

No news has been received from the missing schr. Albatross. Some think she will never be heard from again. She had on board a crew of three green men besides the Captain and cook.

The expedition sent from Garden Island to the schr. Siberia has not returned, but the information comes that the bottom of the vessel is entirely gone. The gearing and movables have been taken off.

This morning the tugs Active and Folger and steamer Hastings left for Port Dalhousie with the steamship Athabasca in tow. The parts were lashed closely today, the bow first. She will be hauled up the lake in quick order. While the steamer was in port hundreds visited her.

The tug M.J. Cummings and a crew of wreckers went to the Finney at Ford's shoal with the intention of getting off the furniture and stripping the vessel. They found her lying in about the same shape as when the crew were taken off, but, to use Captain Murray's words, "She looked like an iceberg."

The schooner Watertown is ashore at Elk Rapids, on the east shore of Lake Michigan. Capt. O'Donnor (sic - O'Connor ?) telegraphs for a tug, steam pumps and line. The vessel has a part cargo of coal and stone on board. She is insured as follows: Thames amd Mersey, $5,000; State, of Pennsylvania, $2,500; Union, of Pennsylvania, $2,500. She measures 308 tons, rates A-2, and is valued at $11,000. Folger Bros. are the owners. The crew are all safe.

The Barge Milwaukee Disaster - The agent of the Montreal Transportation Company has not heard anything more of the barge Milwaukee which broke from the tug D.G. Thompson on Sunday night, and it is believed to have been lost. The intention is to send out a tug as soon as the weather permits, to make a search for the missing barge, to find either her or some evidence of her fate. The deduction is reasonable that the late cyclone was death-dealing to the little crew, and that they sank in the waters which in a few minutes had been lashed into a perfect fury.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1883