The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 2, 1884

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On Thursday last the tug McArthur started with the schr. Jessie Drummond, coal laden, for Toronto. When off South Bay a gale arose, causing the schooner to ship considerable water. The tug ran into the bay for shelter, and there remained until Friday afternoon, when she put out again but could not face the gale still blowing. She returned to the bay, and left late the same night. Near Cobourg it began to blow and the boats ran into that port. They left on Sunday morning at 6:30 and arrived in Toronto yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. In the Jessie Drummond's hold there were eight inches of water. After her cargo is discharged she will be taken to Port Dalhousie for repairs. She is in a very bad shape. The tug McArthur arrived at Collinsby at 7 o'clock this morning, bringing down the crew of the Drummond. They say that at the upper gap this morning, between two and three o'clock the McArthur collided with the yacht Atalanta, bound up, carrying away her head-gear, and staving in a part of her bulwarks. There were three young men on the yacht which narrowly escaped capsizing. The mate of the tug was on the watch; Capt. McDonald was in bed but as soon as he heard the crash, hurried to the deck and ascertained the facts. The yacht was on her right side and displayed a white and red light when the affair occurred.


Muskegon, Mich., Aug. 31st - The crew of the wrecked schooner W.W. Brigham were picked up in mid-lake on Thursday by the schooner Walter Smith and landed here yesterday. The unfortunate men tell a terrible story of their experience. The names of the crew are Jas. O'Leary, Patrick Power, Richard Bird and Edward Anderson. The Brigham left here last Saturday for Chicago, loaded with lumber, and when she reached mid-lake a violent storm arose and the schooner nearly swamped. The men stood at the pumps nearly all night, during which the storm increased. At about 10 o'clock on Monday the Brigham capsized, turning completely bottom up. The men clambered onto the floating lumber and with the aid of a piece of rope made a temporary raft. Every sea swept over them, and their sufferings cannot be told. Hunger and sleep pressed them at times, but the men were fighting for life and thought only of clinging to the raft. Tuesday dawned without succor and it passed so slowly that it seemed an eternity to the half famished men, tossed about on the waves. A vessel was seen, but the only signal they had, an old oil cloth coat, failed to attract attention. Another weary night and Wednesday dawn upon the third day of the raft, without any better prospects. Thursday morning the schooner Walter Smith, bound from Muskegon to Hyland Park, received the shipwrecked crew. Captain Smith noticed some objects on the water, which he took to be human beings, and bore down upon them. Aid came in the nick of time for the suffering sailors could not have held out much longer. They had been without food and tossed about on the raft from Monday until Thursday morning. They are here destitute. James O'Leary and Patrick Power are well known sailors at this port.


The schr. Elgin is being recaulked and repainted.

The yacht Una, at present at Powers' yard, is being rebuilt.

The schr. Sea Bird has been hauled out at Powers' shipyard for repairs.

Arrivals at Swift's: (unreadable) Toronto; Ida, Ottawa; M. Foster, Oswego, 185 tons coal.

The steamer Princess Louise will discontinue her trips to Alexandria Bay after this week.

The schr. Annie Foster arrived in port today. From her mast-head a Cleveland Hendricks flag flies.

Capt. Courson, of the schr. Wm. Elgin, is painting up his craft before making the annual excursion and picnic down the river.

Today the steamer McArthur left for Quebec with the last raft of the season to be despatched by the Collinsby Rafting Company.

Capt. Donnelly has been instructed by the insurance company to rescue the schr. Belle (of) Hamilton, and leaves this evening with pumps, etc., for the wreck.

The M.T. Co.'s arrivals are: tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, five barges, light. Departures: tug Jessie Hall and five barges with 80,000 bush. of grain and 100 tons scrap iron.

The steamer Ontario was billed to take the New York excursion party to Oswego today. She did not arrive, having been tied up for some reason at Clayton. A number of people were disappointed.

For the K. & M.F. Co. the only arrival is the schr. Drake, Chicago, 47,000 bush. corn. The departures are the tug Hiram A. Calvin, for Montreal, with seven barges carrying 125,000 bushels of corn and grain.

The Canadian schooner Maggie McRae, bound from Ogdensburg to Cleveland, got the worst of the waves on Lake Erie on Saturday. She was so badly handled that her fore topmast went by the board, and much of the rigging became useless. She had a narrow escape from sinking owing to the injuries she received in her hull. Four or five feet of water was found in her hold. The McRae is owned in Port Dalhousie.

The prop. Oneida, which sank near Clayton last fall, and which was raised after a great amount of trouble, has been thoroughly repaired at Buffalo. The wreck was bought by L. and W.B. Dimick for $3,500. The repairs involve a cost of $10,000. A few days ago the Oneida was inspected by the underwriters, who have given her a straight A 2 rating. Her owners have not yet fully decided where to place her. They ask about $30,000 for her.

p.3 He Has Returned - Joseph Dix, chief of sail making dep't. at Garden Island.

Incidents Of The Day - Capt. Merryman, Port Huron wrecker, is at Chippewa Bay looking for a raft lost half a century ago.

A Notice For Wills - Wm. Wills, of Wolfe Island, reputation as a boat builder. [N.Y. Telegram]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 2, 1884