The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1884

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The schr. G.B. Sloan left for Sodus to load coal for the west.

The schr. J.R. Noyes last evening cleared for Oswego there to load coal.

The tug Active left Charlotte last night with three barges, laden with coal, for here.

The strs. Ida, from Ottawa, and Corsican, from Hamilton, touched at Swift's wharf last evening.

The tug Thompson left this morning with three barges for Oswego. They carried 1,200,000 feet of lumber.

The tug Glide started out this morning with five barges and 120,000 bush. of grain for Montreal, and one with 7,000 bush. grain for Prescott.

The schr. Great Western, of Port Hope, is ashore at Weller's Bay. She is loaded with coal for Port Hope. The str. Chieftain, of Garden Island, went to her assistance this morning.

The tow barge Stockton lost one of her anchors and 45 fathoms of chain off Four Mile Point in the gale of Saturday. The str. Hastings towed her to Sackett's Harbour on Sunday and returned to this port yesterday. Capt. T. Donnelly says he grappled for the anchor but only could find 15 fathoms of the chain.


Mr. J. Murphy, of Elginburg, sailor, was on board the schr. Bigler when she sank in Lake Superior, opposite Fish Point Bay, some weeks ago. She had a cargo of block stone, consigned from Bert Island to Chicago. Her crew consisted of Capt. Murray, Chicago; M. Welsh, St. John's, Newfoundland; John Kelly, Belfast; Charles Scully, Queenstown. About ninety miles from port a heavy gale blew from the southwest. The vessel was unable to carry any canvass except the peak of the mainsail. Her bow was kept well to the wind and she rode the gale all night, Murphy at the wheel. About midnight the Captain asked if the vessel was "kicking." He replied that he didn't think she was, but thought her cargo had shifted slightly. Three of the crew were ordered to examine it, and found that its movement was very light. The vessel, however, shipped considerable water forward. On Thursday morning at 6:30 o'clock the pumps were brought into requisition, and an investigation was made. It was seen that 17 inches of water was in the hold and the quantity was steadily increasing. The pumps were kept in motion, but the water came in faster than it was taken out. Finally it was suggested that the vessel be beached. Her head was pointed towards Fish Point Bay, but when some distance from it she became unmanageable. The crew stood by her until she began to settle and then lowered the yawl boat and put for the shore.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1884