The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1886

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Sailors' wages range from $1 to $1.50 per day.

The sloop Lorraine discharged 2,000 bush. of rye at Richardson & Son's wharf.

The str. Algerian, owing to the gale, remained here from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

The tug Active cleared for Oswego with three barges, light, on Saturday. They will probably load coal for the city.

Steamers Persia, Montreal; Ocean, St. Catharines; Corsican, Toronto; Algerian, Montreal, called at Swift's wharf yesterday.

The steam barge Scotia, Toledo, corn, with consorts Southampton, Oriental and Gaskin, Cleveland, coal, are in the Welland Canal en route to this port.

The tug McArthur, Capt. Macdonald, is being supplied with a complete wrecking outfit, and as soon as she is ready will be sent to Windsor, where she will await orders.

The schrs. Mary and Philo Bennett cleared for Oswego with 250,000 feet of lumber, and the schrs. Acacia, Olivia, B.W. Folger and British Queen, for the same place, on Saturday with 500,000 feet of lumber.

The pontoon, built at Davis' yard for R. McCarthy & Co., of Prescott, was towed down and tested on Friday evening. It lifted the str. Transit's shaft out of the water sufficiently high to change wheels or take out the shaft. There were about a hundred people to see the trial lift, which was accomplished to the satisfaction of McCarthy & Co. It is intended for winter use of replacing broken wheels and putting on new ones.


Capt. Griffin's Story of the Affair.

The schr. F.J. King, commanded by Capt. W.E. Griffin, now lies under the waters of Lake Michigan. The crew escaped luckily. The schr. King was repaired here last winter to the extent of $6,000. Capt. Griffin has reached Chicago. His story is to the effect that he left Escanaba, Wednesday, for Chicago with iron ore. He encountered very heavy weather almost as soon as he entered Lake Michigan. A high sea, running heavily from the south-east, strained the schooner so severely that her seams sprung and the water began to fill her hold. Heroic efforts were made by the crew at the pumps but without avail. Thursday morning at 2 o'clock, when six miles eastward of Cana Island, all hopes for saving the vessel were abandoned and the crew began transferring their effects into the yawl. They had hardly left the deck when she rolled on her side and disappeared from sight in 150 feet of water. The crew landed at Bailey's Harbour, where they immediately took a vessel bound for Chicago. Owing to the great depth in which she sank, and the character of the cargo, no successful efforts can be made to raise her. Owing to valuable repairs made on her last winter she was worth $9,000. J.S. Dunham owns two-thirds and Capt. Griffin one-third, upon which there was no insurance.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1886