The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1884

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p.2 Local Events - The men working on the shoal have ceased operations till next spring. The schr. Grantham is at Garden Island laden with timber from Toledo.

The schr. Singapore arrived in port this afternoon from Oswego with coal for Breck & Booth.

The steamer Maud will make but one trip daily to Cape Vincent for the balance of the season.

The schr. Watertown is at Portsmouth. The cargo consists of 20,000 bushels of corn from Chicago. The vessel will probably lie up here.

p.3 Yacht For Excursion Purposes - as soon as Capt. Rothwell sells str. Crusoe, he will build a steam yacht.

Accident In The American Channel - The news has reached us of the drowning of a promising young man, Mr. G. Bush, of Simcoe Island, off the sloop Laura D. on Saturday. On Thursday W. Gilmour, Capt. Derreaugh (sic - Daryaw ?) and G. Bush left Eilbeck's dock in the sloop (a new craft recently launched at Davis' yard) for Button Bay, which is on the south side of Wolfe Island. Here they shipped 2,000 bushels of barley for Cape Vincent. On Saturday morning they started off. The wind blew across the American Channel with great force, and it was with great difficulty that the sloop was handled. Some of the waves rolled over her and she was filled with water to the top of her rails.

G. Bush's duty was to handle the main sheet, and it proved a sad task. At 11:30, near the mouth of Button Bay, the sloop suddenly jibed, and of course the main sheet swept from one side to another. Bush held the line attached to the sheet as well as he could, but the wind was so strong that as soon as the sheet got to the opposite side of the boat it jerked him overboard. Gilmour threw everything movable on the deck of the boat into the water towards the drowning man, but owing to the sea he could not see them. Gilmour also pitched Bush a line, but he missed it twice. The third time he grasped at the rope, caught and held on until pulled within seven or eight feet of the vessel. He then let go and Gilmour fell backwards on the deck. He peered over the railing and Bush was gone.

Gilmour thinks that Bush must have been seized with cramps. There was no yawl boat on the sloop. Had there been one it could not have been used; it would have been impossible to lower it in the sea. Bush was a popular young man, and the news of the accident will be learned by his friends with deep sorrow.


The schr. B.W. Folger is loading barley at Napanee for Oswego.

The schr. Two Brothers cleared today for Wolfe Island with lumber and shingles.

The schr. Mary has arrived at the M.T. Co.'s wharf from Oakville with 6,800 bush. of wheat.

The tug Thompson left today with six barges for Oswego to load coal for Montreal.

The steambarge Tecumseh, with 3,000 cubic feet of timber, and 6,000 staves have left Bay City for Collinsby.

The str. Maud, on her way to the city from the Cape Saturday touched bottom in the Wolfe Island canal several times.

The schr. Angus Smith, from Chicago, 34,000 bushels corn; and the schr. Watertown, Chicago, 21,000 bush. wheat, are at Portsmouth.

The schr. New Dominion, of Toronto, bound from Cleveland to St. Catharines with coal, is overdue several days, and anxiety is felt for her safety. It is rumored that the vessel sunk off the Gull is the New Dominion and not the Van Valkenburg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1884