The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1886

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The prop. Sill H. Chamberlain was sunk in a collision with the N.Y. Central line boat John Pridgeon, 6 miles east of Sheboygan, Wis. Four deck hands and the second engineer lost.

Sheboygan, Wis., Oct. 14th - Capt. Greenley, of the lost steam barge Chamberlain, refuses to be interviewed concerning the disaster. He has also forbidden the surviving members of the crew from talking about it. He says he does not know the names of the men who lost their lives. The unfortunates were the second engineer, the fireman and three deck hands. The Chamberlain was struck in the port bow and was cut down to below the water line. She immediately began to sink, and Captain Greenley ordered the boats to be lowered. The five men who were lost, jumped into one of the boats when the davits broke and they were dumped into the lake and drowned. The Chamberlain lies about three miles east of Sheboygan Point. The captain of the steamer James Pridgeon, jr., says the boats came together during a dense fog and heavy gale, about nine o'clock, and immediately separated. He did not know the name of the steamer she collided with, nor did he know anything concerning her fate until he arrived here. He cruised about in the vicinity of the scene of the collision until 12 o'clock last night, but could not discover anything, so he headed for this port. The bow of the Pridgeon is badly crushed in, but her hull is uninjured. The members of the Pridgeon's crew saw the Chamberlain's consort, the Fayette Brown, drift off in the darkness after the collision.



The schr. North Star is loading wheat at Toronto for Kingston.

The steambarge Nile and two barges, lumber, has cleared for Deseronto.

The schr. Mary Lyon has gone to Oswego to load coal for Chicago at $1.75 per ton.

The schr. Annie M. Foster is discharging wood at the Grove Inn dock. She came from Deseronto.

The schr. Gulnair, Waiska Bay, deals, and schr. St. Louis, Chicago, wheat, are in the Welland Canal en route to Kingston.

It has been decided to establish a permanent life saving crew at Charlotte and add the necessary accommodation of the men.

W. Smith, of the prop. Celtic, fell into the hold at Port Arthur and broke his back. He died afterwards. Then James Carson, watchman on the str. City of Owen Sound, fell overboard and was drowned.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1886