The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1886

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On Wednesday, Dec. 1st, the propeller Nipegon (sic - Nipigon ?), (Capt. Frederick Conlin,), which cleared from Charlotte for Port Hope to load barley, struck a short distance below Salmon Point, on the south side, during a blinding storm. To add to the difficulty the steam pipe burst, rendering the vessel helpless and unmanageable. About five minutes before she struck the weather cleared, and Salmon Point light was in full view, but this did not avail. The propeller drifted helplessly ashore, striking on a smooth rock bed. The crew of eight men and a cook landed in safety. Afterwards the vessel was scuttled and sunk in four feet of water. On Wednesday, Capt. Donnelly, wrecker, took the steamers Hiram A. Calvin and Chieftain, with the necessary wrecking apparatus, including steam pumps, to the assistance of the Nipegon. Owing to bad weather he was unable to commence work until Saturday, and was not long in releasing the steamer. The steamers Calvin and Chieftain and prop. Nipegon arrived yesterday, and after a short stay proceeded to Ogdensburg, where the propeller will be repaired. Her bottom is damaged near the stern, and $1,000 will be needed to make her all right again.


The schr. Delaware, of Belleville, has been laid up at Stella, Amherst Island.

The steamer Pierrepont makes one trip a week to Gananoque. She goes down on Wednesday night.

The schr. Lorraine has been chartered to carry barley to Gananoque. The steamer Khartoum will carry coal from this city to the same port.

The schr. Picton left Oswego some time ago for Deseronto, but has not yet arrived there. It is thought she is in Macdonald's Cove.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1886