The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1885


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A VENTURE FOR LIFE.

The steamer Michigan left Grand Haven, Mich., in search of the distress steamer Oneida a week ago, Captain Prindivello and 29 men being on board. When off Ludington she encountered a gale and was hemmed in by ice. She drifted with the ice to the southward, experiencing many dangers, but at no time being within twenty miles of land. On Sunday it was decided that, owing to short provisions, half of the crew would have to go ashore, as the food would last but a week longer. Monday was stormy. Tuesday morning from the cross-trees a rim of land was sighted to the eastward. Thirteen men were chosen to remain and seventeen of the most hardy to make the land. The mercury was then 10 below zero. At 7 o'clock Joseph Russel, first mate; David Martin, steward; W.P. Kenny, clerk; and fourteen of the crew started with a day's rations, axes, pike-poles, blankets, etc., expecting they might have to be out over night, as the land seemed thirty miles. When about twelve miles off the boat Clerk Kenny broke through the ice, wetting his right leg to the knee. They went on about six miles when they found Kenny's leg frozen. All were badly exhausted as the ice was very rough and blocked into nearly impassable ridges many feet high and miles wide. Each man went for himself, knowing that life depended on his own exertions, except Russell and Martin, who helped Kenny. When off land four miles Kenny could not stand, and dragged himself along on his hands and knees for two miles, when he was completely exhausted, and so frozen that he could not move, and urged the others to leave him and save themselves. Some had by this time - 5 o'clock - reached the shore, and found a few houses at West Casco. They alarmed the neighborhood, and the farmers went out and carried the brave but insensible Kenny to the beach. The land there rises 160 feet almost straight. All hands worked like heroes to throw off the insensibility creeping on them and climb the steep. Heaving lines were placed on Kenny, and he was drawn by those above and carried to a dwelling. The men were apportioned around among the farmers, who willingly cared for them.

A Mysterious Message - disappearance of Isaac H. Radford from Toronto [Toronto Globe]

p.2 A Man of Business - I.H. Radford used to own vessels at Kingston.

Where Is Radford? - more detail.

p.3 Another Addition To the Dock - Another pier 100 x 30 ft. will be made to the Rathbun dock at the Grove Inn. The improvements now made and contemplated will cost $4,000.


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Date of Original:
Feb. 23, 1885
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KN.15120a
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English
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Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1885