The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1886

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The schrs. Craftsman, Dudley and steambarge Nile and two barges have gone into ordinary.

The schr. Philo Bennett cleared today for Sackett's Harbor with lumber. It is the opinion of many sailors that the vessel will be unable to reach her destination. It is said the harbour is frozen over.

It is probable that Capt. Donnelly will receive the contract to raise the str. Nipegon ashore at Salmon Point.

Charles Chambers, who was on the schr. Laura, has returned to the city. The vessel is now in Toronto to which place she sailed on Sunday from Charlotte.

The schr. Herbert Dudley, Capt. Parsons, has reached here from Oswego after delivering a cargo of grain. It will be remembered that she ran aground recently a mile above Bath during a heavy gale. One of the crew states that for some time she pounded hard on the beach. He thought she would have been severely damaged. She is making considerable water.



Chicago, Dec. 6th - No story of suffering among the sailors in the recent blast which swept the lakes will excite more pity than that of a sailor lad named Johnson, who now lies dying at New Buffalo, Mich. He manfully stood at the wheel of the schooner Scud up to his waist in the ice cold waters of the lake and half drowned by every wave that struck the vessel, while the services of the captain and able-bodied members of the crew were required elsewhere. The Scud was caught in Wednesday's storm, and the crew attempted to shorten sail while the boy held the wheel. When they got through John Edwards was the only man who could move, though his clothes were frozen stiff. The captain was nothing but a big icicle, and his clothes were frozen so solid that he could not move a step. Edwards dragged him into the galley and laid him down alongside the fire to thaw out, and then dragged the other two men aft and laid them beside him. Edwards arrived here last night.

"When I had taken care of the captain," he says, "I crawled to the boy at the wheel and found that, though he could use his arms to steer, he could not move his legs. Poor fellow, he had to stand in that little box more than half the time up to his waist in water and often nearly drowned by the heavy seas. He asked me in a pitiful way to take him below, and I did it and then took the wheel myself. Let alone I concluded that our only salvation was to run for it; and putting the wheel hard up, I turned her round. Thursday morning we fetched up on the beach at New Buffalo going up high and dry. When we got ashore the captain and others had recovered some from their long exposure, but Johnson - he's dying."

p.8 Safe At Tobermory - There was great rejoicing this morning over the receipt of a telegram from Capt. Milligan, of the schr. Sylvester Neelon, announcing the safe arrival of himself and men at Owen Sound. The Kingstonians, Joseph Mandeville, Messrs. Milligan, Crosby and Lawrence are en route for home. The schooner is frozen in at Tobermory, a harbor of vast dimensions, on the west side of Georgian Bay. The schooner is owned by Flatt & Bradley, of Hamilton. She is a three master and very staunch. She sailed from Chicago on Nov. 19th with a cargo of corn for Collingwood. She reached Sheboygan on Nov. 25th, and Capt. Milligan telegraphed that the vessel was badly iced on her trip up Lake Michigan. She left Sheboygan when the weather moderated and had not been heard from up to today.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1886