The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1887

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p.3 Boating On The River - proposed new line of steamers by R.W. & O. R.R. Co. [Ogdensburg Journal]



The Morris machine works of Baldwinsville, N.Y., has just finished a large steam pump for the wrecking steamer McArthur. It is a fine machine and has been put into the steamer.

During a fearful storm Thursday night the schooner Manzanilla, of Hamilton, was driven ashore 6 miles above Dunkirk, N.Y., and has become a total wreck. She was bound from Cleveland to Toronto with block stone. All the crew were saved. The Manzanilla was valued at about $7,000 and is but partially insured. The crew left the captain and vessel when the craft was a mile and a half off Brocton, and had great difficulty in getting ashore. They afterwards tried to take Captain O'Brien, of Kingston, off, but the breakers were so wicked and the boat so unserviceable that the perilous undertaking was given up. The crew reported the vessel's port side stove in, and he rigging all gone, and that she is entirely at the mercy of the waves. A late despatch says the captain is safe.


The Official Investigation.

The official investigation as to the loss of the prop. California is in progress in Toronto. The investigation, in addition to determining the responsibilities of the officers and crew of the wrecked vessel, will also probably determine the payment of $21,000, for which amount the California was insured. Deputy chairman W.J. Meneilley, of the board of steamboat inspectors, and Capt. Thomas Harbottle, Hull inspector, are the examiners.

The engineers related the circumstances causing the foundering and Capt. Trowell told about making for the shore and the launching of the starboard boat for the passengers. Up to this time he expected no danger.

The boat listed to the starboard afterwards, and he saw the water coming upon the promenade deck. He called out to the engineer and purser to get on the hurricane deck and looked to see if the boat had been launched. Not seeing it, he got upon the hurricane deck, where he saw the small boat astern. The roof of the cabin was breaking rapidly and he held on the steps of the pilot house. He jumped into the water when they began to give way, and got hold of a piece of the wreck, from which he was rescued by Ellis.

In commenting upon Capt. Trowell's evidence, Capt. Harbottle said he was not quite satisfied with the effort made to save the California. It seemed to him that other steps might have been taken, to which Capt. Trowell replied that it was easy to think of these plans under present circumstances, but under those connected with the loss of his vessel it was not so easy to plan.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1887