The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 8, 1886

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p.1 Probably All Hands Lost - Milwaukee, Nov. 8th - David Vance & Co. have received a despatch from the master of the schr. David Vance, dated Sault Ste. Marie, stating that the propeller Bessemer has probably been lost with all on board. The Vance was in tow of the propeller when they met a heavy storm on Lake Superior. The schooner by good management succeeded in weathering it and reaching the Sault minus her canvass.


The schr. Erie Belle is loading lumber for Oswego.

The schr. Singapore has been chartered by Swift to load lumber.

Six hundred bushels of barley were discharged at Eilbeck's elevator today.

The schr. Maria Annette has reached Portsmouth from Port Hope laden with barley.

The prop. Niagara and barge Emerald passed down from Toronto to Ogdensburg with barley.

The steamers Niagara, Armenia and Celtic received 65 tons of coal at Swift's wharf yesterday.

The schr. W.D. Bullock, laden with barley, is lying in the harbor. Her forward boom was carried away and forerail split.

The steamers Ocean, St. Catharines; Persia, Montreal; Niagara, Armenia and Celtic, Toronto, called at Swift's wharf yesterday.

Cleared: schr. Annie M. Falconer, Oswego, 6,030 bush. barley; prop. Bruno, Oswego, light; Cora Post, Gananoque, damaged grain.

Non-union sailors who ship from Cleveland receive $60 per month. Union men shipping from the same port are given $3.50 per day, and from Oswego $4.

Arrivals: schr. Erie Belle, Ogdensburg, light; prop. Celtic, Duluth, 17,300 bush. wheat; schr. Grantham, Duluth, 22,000 bush. wheat; prop. California, 6,351 bush. wheat.

The steambarge Nile and two barges are coming to the city from Ottawa with 340,000 ft. of lumber. The steamer Reliance has been chartered to load lumber for Oswego.

p.8 Personal Mention - G. MacLeod, Buffalo, inspector of the American insurance pool, interested in the cargo of the prop. Myles, left for home last night. He thinks the Myles will be a complete wreck.


Capt. Dix, of the schr. White Oak, writes that he is much surprised that such an accident as that which the prop. Myles suffered has not happened many a time before, as the harbour and the entrance to it are shamefully neglected in not having those dangerous shoals buoyed off. "I don't think," he writes, "there is one captain out of ten that knows where those shoals are. The shoal that the prop. Myles struck is a small, narrow, rocky one, with only eleven or twelve feet of water on it, with sixty feet all around it. It is about three quarters of a mile south of Murney's tower, and about one mile west of the city docks. It never was buoyed, except once, about four years ago. There is another twelve foot shoal about one mile west of that which the Myles struck, and a half mile out from the penitentiary. This shoal never was buoyed. There is another eleven feet shoal one mile and three-quarters below Cedar Isle, directly in the way of vessels going down the St. Lawrence. The tug Proctor, in towing the schr. Bolivia from Kingston last December, pulled the vessel over it and sunk her. It cost all the vessel's worth to get her up, besides her whole cargo of 23,000 bushels of corn was damaged. This shoal is only two miles below Kingston and was never buoyed. Three miles further down, and almost mid-channel between Oak Point and the head of Howe Island, lies another twelve feet shoal that has no buoy on it. Then again, there is the Middle Ground, a very dangerous shoal about two miles above Snake Island, and directly in the way of the vessels going down the ship channel. There is only four feet of water on the centre of it. There are no buoys on it and many a vessel strikes it. Snake Island shoals are not properly buoyed off, as there are only two barrel buoys, and they are placed in shallow water so that the shoals may protect them from vessels striking them and causing them to leak. The upper and lower ends of the shoal should be also buoyed off. There should be a lighthouse put on Four Mile Point as a guide to vessels entering the harbour on a dark night, as the deep water is close to the shore. Snake Island light is too back on the shoal to be of any use on a dark night. The government should see that these dangerous shoals are properly buoyed off."

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 8, 1886