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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1887

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Sixteen Lives Lost By The Sinking of the Propeller California.

Detroit, Oct. 4th - The propeller California sunk at 2 o'clock this morningoff Gros Cap, Lake Michigan, 16 lives were lost.

St. Ignace, Mich., Oct. 4th - The Canadian passenger propeller California, which left Chicago Saturday night, was struck by yesterday's gale on Lake Michigan. Her hold soon filled extinguishing the fires, and at about 1 o'clock, when off St. Helena, she broke up and in a few minutes went down. Seven of the crew reached Point Les Barbes in the life boat in an almost lifeless condition.

It is possible that the captain and some of the crew may have reached St. Helena in the other boat.

St. Ignace, Mich., Oct. 4th - The following is the list of those rescued from the propeller California which foundered near St. Helena last night:

Owen Rourke, Kingston, wheelsman.

Peter McNallis, Montreal.

Joseph Neager, Norway.

William Brown, Scotland.

A. Ives, Montreal.

Marcellus Charlebois, Montreal.

The persons unaccounted for are:

Capt. John Trowell, Toronto.

Peter Lago, first mate, Montreal.

George Foley, purser, Toronto.

Bell Tough, fireman, Toronto.

S.A. Mills, second engineer, Toronto.

James Ellis, first engineer, Toronto.

Miss Pappa, lady's maid, Kingston.

Mrs. Blood, lady's maid.

Patton Arthur Hazard, cabin boy, Toronto.

"Bob," assistant cook, Montreal.

(From this telegram it would seem that the people at St. Ignace were unaware of the safety of Capt. Trowell and others. It may yet turn out that others unaccounted for were also saved. - Ed. Whig.)

Particulars Of The Vessel.

This forenoon a telegram was received by Capt. Trowell announcing the foundering of the propeller California in the Straits of Mackinaw at one o'clock this morning. Capt. John Trowell, in command, and four of the crew were picked up and taken to Mackinaw city. There are no further particulars. The propeller left Chicago last Friday for Montreal with wheat. She was making her last trip for the season. The boat was one of three - Cuba, Armenia and California - making a weekly trip between Chicago and Montreal. She was owned in Toronto, Crangle having the biggest interest in her. Capt. Trowell was also a stockholder. She was valued at $30,000. The propeller was one of the old canal size, and was lengthened many feet some years ago. Capt. Trowell and Miss Ella Pappa belonged to Kingston. Mr. Pappa, of this office, had a letter from his daughter this morning. It was dated, Chicago, Sept. 27th, and said that the propeller had a very rough passage up. It was expected she would be at home on Friday, and that she wished the season was over. He anxiously awaits further particulars.

Affairs Of The World - The inquest on the body of Thomas Campbell, who was drowned through the ferry boat collision in Toronto bay, was concluded last night, when the jury returned a verdict that Campbell's death was caused by the negligence of Capt. Martin, of the Sadie, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.



The schr. Singapore is receiving a new bowsprit.

Schr. B.W. Folger, from Oswego, is discharging coal at Swift's wharf.

The schrs. Loretta Rooney and H. Butler are waiting for charters.

The Oswego Sailors' Union has advanced wages from $2 to $2.50 per day.

The schr. Grantham, from Fairhaven, is loading 600 tons of coal at Toronto.

The str. D.D. Calvin and two barges, laden with timber from upper lake ports, arrived at Garden Island yesterday.

Messrs. Bajus and Norman intend building a steamer for the Kingston and Montreal route. It will be 108 ft. long and 28 ft. beam.

The schr. Empress, scuttled some time ago, has been sold by a Kingstonian to a Belleville wood dealer for $200. The craft was taken to Belleville. She is 80 ft. long and 20 ft. beam.

Capt. Williamson purchased the steamer Ida, for a Company, from Capt. Garratt, and ran her between this city and Montreal during the past season. She has been sold to Capt. Mutton, a lumber merchant in Toronto, for $6,500.

The prop. Celtic discharged grain last week. She has had to remain here up to the present, owing to bad weather. Yesterday morning she started but was forced to return. She has been chartered to carry coal from Cleveland to Hermin Bay.

Davis will probably build a steamer for Bain & Eastman, of Clayton, for the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route during the winter. The boat will be 75 ft. keel, 12 ft. beam with upper and lower decks, and be capable of carrying 100 passengers.

The schr. Anna P. Grover, laden with oats from Chicago for Port Huron, is ashore on a rocky bottom at Port Hope, Mich. A tug is on the way to the rescue. The Canadian steamer Ark and consort Albion are ashore at Grindstone City. Heavy gales are blowing from the south-west on Lake Huron.

The Canadian trades and labour congress, in session at Hamilton, passed unanimously the following resolution: "That this congress petitions the government to pass a law compelling all vessels, whether steam or sail, navigating the inland waters of Canada, to carry competent crews of seamen, and that they also pass a law making it compulsory to have hulls and rigging properly inspected by competent men appointed for that purpose, and that they also stop the loading of vessels below a certain mark to be designated by such inspectors."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1887