The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 6, 1886

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p.2 The Dismasted Yacht Tourist - About five o'clock Wednesday afternoon the yacht White Wing was sighted off this port having in tow the dismasted yacht Tourist of Fair Haven. The steam yacht Ruth went to her assistance and the Tourist was soon safely anchored in the new harbor, while the White Wing came tearing around the east breakwater like a race horse down the home stretch. Captain Cuthbert of the White Wing said he picked up the Tourist about fifteen miles out. The boat is owned by Charles Hill of Fair Haven and is used as a fish and trading boat. E.J. Ross, captain, told the following story: "I left Amherst Island with a load of fresh fish for Fair Haven about 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The wind was blowing fresh and I reefed the mainsail and staysail. About half way between the middle of Amherst Island and the False Ducks the wind blew a gale and the seas ran high. I was making good headway, and thought I would be able to reach South Bay, where I intended to remain until evening, when the wind would have went down. About 9 a.m. the jibboom was carried away, and I had barely got it aboard before the mast broke off close to the deck. I was in a pretty fix. The seas were breaking over the boat, which was rolling and tossing about at the mercy of the waves. I got a line around the butt of the mast and made it fast and then set about getting the sails, which lay in the water, on deck. It was a very hard job, but by five o'clock in the evening I had things in pretty good shape and rigged up a jurymast upon which I put a corner of the staysail. Four times the jury-mast broke down. At last I rigged it to stay, and was making good weather when the captain of the White Wings picked me up. It was an experience that I don't want again in a hurry." The damage to the yacht is estimated at $200. The Tourist is the old Maria, better known as the Potato Bug, built here about eight years ago. She was always a good sea boat, and by her last experience sustains her reputation. [Oswego Palladium]


The steambarge Sir Leonard Tilley and consorts, with timber from French River, are at Garden Island.

The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company will raise the steamer Passport themselves. They are shipping timber from Quebec to Cornwall to be used in the operation.

The prop. Myles and schr. Gulnair, Manistee, with 1,000,000 feet of lumber, were expected to arrive in port today. The lumber will be transhipped to Quebec.

Several days ago, J. Rattenbury, on board the schr. Benson, (Capt. McKay) on her way from Manistee to Garden Island with timber, was struck with a tow line. One of his legs was fractured. Last evening he was conveyed to the General Hospital.

The damage to the hull, rigging and outfit of the schr. O.M. Bond is said to be about $4,975, and the wrecking expenses $2,700. The Bond was insured for $7,000 on a valuation of $9,400. It would thus take a net loss of $4,700 on the part of the hull to make her a total loss. Her owner, it is alleged, would like to turn her over to the underwriters and get his $7,000, but the latter are quite willing to let him keep his vessel.

Arrivals: schr. Kate, Fairhaven, 97 tons coal; schr. Picton, Charlotte, 308 tons coal; prop. Acadia, Charlotte, Duluth, 4,000 bush. wheat; prop. Armenia, Chicago, 8,000 bush. wheat; schr. M.J. McVea, Chicago, 19,975 bush. corn.

Steamer Nile and consort are en route from Ottawa to Kingston with lumber.

Cleared - schrs. Pilot, Deseronto, light; White Oak, Charlotte, light; sloop Two Brothers, Cape Vincent, ties.

p.3 Notes On The River - str. John Thorn took members of the Anglers Ass. to Island Mary yesterday. McIntyre photographed boat and officers of the Association.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 6, 1886