The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1883

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p.2 Condensed Telegrams - The fate of the missing schooner Blazing Star has been solved. She sunk in quicksand near Long Point on Sunday. The crew were rescued.

p.3 The Rock Island Light - A Clayton correspondent of the Watertown paper writes: "A year ago the tower of the keeper's dwelling at Rock Island was removed, and an iron tower was erected about thirty feet to the rear. This probably gave rise to the new lighthouse item that went the rounds. Capt. Crowley, of the Conqueror, claims that this difference in the location of the old light and the new caused him to run too close to the island."


The schr. Eureka is loading lumber, posts and poles for Oswego.

The steamer Hero will run between Kingston and Picton for some time yet.

The steamer Alexandra, after a successful season's running, has been laid up at Picton.

The steamship Athabasca has arrived at Port Dalhousie. The other steamships will go west in a few days.

M.J. Cummings, of Oswego, had the schrs. Guiding Star, Blazing Star and Leadville wrecked by the late gales.

The schooner C.C. Finney, on Ford's shoals, near Oswego, is well above water, but her bottom is thought to be in a very bad condition.

This morning the steamer D.C. West was sold by auction to wind up the affairs of a stock company. The boat was bought by James Swift for $1,200.

The schr. James Wade is sunk near Rondeau, with her main and foremasts above the water. The Captain was not on board at the time of the accident.

The Montreal Transportation Company's barge Oneida arrived in Montreal on Sunday from Kingston, laden with wheat. In passing through the Beauharnois Canal she sprung a leak, caused by some ice jamming between her and the steamer Persia. Some 3,000 bushels of wheat was more or less damaged by the water. The barge will be easily repaired.

The schooner Denmark, which has been loading the stranded schooner Siberia's cargo at Long Point, is at Port Colborne. The Captain reports riding out the storm the whole week at anchor about fifteen miles off Long Point, out in the lake. He only succeeded in getting a few sticks of timber of the Siberia's cargo, and has given it up. She will be docked at Port Dalhousie, and probably go into winter quarters there. She also lost her large anchor and all her sails.

A Detroit paper says: Capt. Daniel Langan, lost on the schr. E. Fitzgerald, was the youngest of three brothers, all of whom have been on the lakes for years. He was born at Kingston, and was 32 years of age. He began life as a miller, but left that occupation nine years ago, and sailed with his brothers until July, 1882, when he assumed command of the vessel with which he lost his life. The deceased was to have been married the coming winter. He was the sole support of a widowed mother and sister, who reside on Wolfe Island. Besides Capt. Dan Langan, on the Fitzgerald, were Robert Stevens, Toronto; Charles Bingham, Leamington; and Andrew Ferguson. The vessel was valued at $10,000.

The Lost Fitzgerald.

The schooner E. Fitzgerald, Buffalo, N.Y., lies in the same condition as reported on Friday. Capt. Maurice Langan, of Chicago, arrived at Port Rowan yesterday. He will remain until his brother's body is recovered and will inter it at Kingston. John Paley, of Buffalo, owner of the Fitzgerald, also arrived and proceeded to the wreck. Side planks and hatch cones have been washed ashore. She is almost broken in two. She classed A-2, valued at $12,500, and insured for $10,000. Her cargo is also insured. Paley says the Fitzgerald had a crew of eight. At present it is impossible to state the exact number that have met their fate. Mr. Paley says the vessel must have been disabled, as a distress signal was found which must have been hoisted some time before she was abandoned.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1883