The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1886

Full Text



Praise Given To A Kingston Engineer.

Charles Gazette, of Kingston, was engineer on the wrecked steambarge Bella (sic) Wilson. The Wilson is owned by Capt. Collier, James Gilespie, Walter Ross and Stewart Wilson, Picton. She was valued at $10,000 and was uninsured. The cargo consisted of 11,800 bushels of barley; it was insured. The craft left Deseronto on Friday last and went through the gale of Saturday. Capt. Collier says: "While near the Ducks her rudder post twisted off, below the decks, in the casing. To add to our hardship the exhaust pipe and whistle pipe on the boiler broke off, filling the cabin with steam. We rigged up a temporary rudder post, but it would not work. The engines were kept constantly working just enough to keep her head to the sea. Several times during Friday night she got into the trough of the sea and then rolled and pitched terribly. I never experienced such a night, and never want to again." Ford's shoals were struck on Sunday morning. She went side on. The seas washed over her and smashed in the bulwarks, and tore the doors off the engine room, filling the fire place. After she struck the yawl was launched and the crew got ashore. They were worn out with work. The captain and mate speak in the highest terms of the engineer. The crew had not eaten a mouthful from the time they left Deseronto until they breakfasted on Sunday at Fruit Valley.

p.5 Picton Correspondence - Robert Clapp picked at conservative convention; had been member of board of underwriters for Buffalo and Toronto for 20 years.

-str. Alexandria left on last trip with nearly 3,000 barrels of apples.



The total exports of grain from Montreal from the opening of navigation is 13,547,989 bushels.

Trip rate on grain to Kingston from Chicago has been advanced by the insurance pool to $2.

The light on Calf Pasture shoal, Presque Isle harbor, Lake Ontario, now shows fixed white. It should be visible for ten miles.

The schr. Watertown is in port with a cargo of corn. Capt. Edward Beaupre reports having had a tempestuous trip, in fact the worst voyage ever made on the lakes. While on Lake Michigan he had his foresail torn into ribbons and his foreboom broken. Finally shelter was found in Northport harbor.

The schr. Herbert Dudley is in port and loading 17,000 bushels of barley for Oswego. The schooner ran over to Oswego on Saturday last through a blinding snow storm, and successfully guided the vessel around the breakwater and into the harbor. Vessel men and the papers of Oswego are loud in their praises of the skillful captain.

Arrivals: schr. Herbert Dudley, Oswego, light; schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 152 tons coal; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, 197 tons coal; schr. Lisgar, Toledo, 5,000 bushels corn; prop. Lincoln, 6,000 bush. corn.

Cleared: str. Dominion, 10,022 bushels barley, Oswego; schr. Ariadne, Oswego, 2,898 bush. barley; schr. William Elgin, 8,517 bush. barley, Oswego; sloop Moravia, Morristown, 80,000 feet lumber.

Nov. 18, 1886

not published

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Nov. 17, 1886
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1886