The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1887

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Detroit, Oct. 22nd - A special from Cheboygan, Mich., says the Canadian propeller

Ontario is reported to have been blown to pieces by the explosion of her boiler in North Channel, near Bruce Mines, and 35 people are said to have been killed. No particulars can be obtained.

The propeller was in port about a week ago and was then on her way to Duluth. There are no Kingstonians on her, at least none to the marine men. Capt. Green, who was in command of the prop. Myles when she struck the penitentiary shoal here last fall, was the chief officer. The engineer is Thomas Conrick, of Orillia, who boarded at the Anglo-American hotel in this city about two years ago.

The vessel was owned by Mackay, of Hamilton, who also owns the prop. Lake Michigan.

Later - Since the above was written a mariner calls to say that the propeller cannot be the Lake Ontario, as she only passed through the canal the other day. He says there is a propeller Ontario belonging to the Beatty line which runs from Sarnia to many points on Lakes Huron and Superior.



The new steel steamer at Deseronto has been named the Cibola.

The tug Davis is ashore on the north shore of Howe Island.

The schr. Garibaldi, ashore at Port Elgin, Lake Huron, is a total loss. She went on with a cargo of cedar. All of her outfit has been saved.

The prop. St. Magnus, with 33,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth, is in port. The schr. B.W. Folger has also arrived from Oswego with 202 tons of coal.

Capt. Donnelly says that the gale last night was very severe. The wind was from a westerly point of the compass and had any vessels been on the lake they would have been carried toward the south shore. He expects to hear of numerous accidents. The schr. Annie Falconer ran across last night, but made Oswego safely, reaching there at midnight.



Capt. George O'Brien, of the schooner Manzanilla, wrecked on Lake Erie last week, arrived in the city yesterday. He says that the Manzanilla left Cleveland on the 12th with a load of black stone for Toronto. The weather was fine, but the wind increased rapidly during the afternoon to a gale at night. After laboring in the heavy seas with her unwieldly cargo till about four o'clock on the morning of the 13th she sprang a leak. In three hours, though both pumps were kept going, the water rose five feet in her hold. She would not steer. She was beached about five hundred yards from the New York shore and the crew sent off in the yawl, leaving the captain on board. All hands landed safely, but the boat was broken, and the captain was left without means of reaching shore. The vessel split in half from the knightheads to the stern post, leaving only a piece of the stern and the starboard side of the wreck above water. After being exposed to the icy seas from eight o'clock till five that same evening a fishing boat came down from Barcelona, seven miles above, to the scene of the wreck and threw Capt. O'Brien a line. He fastened this about him, jumped into the waves and was hauled aboard the Beecher. Dunkirk, six miles below, was the only port that could be made. When it was neared night had come and the fishermen did not know the lights of the harbor, and Captain O'Brien was half frozen and so stiff that he could not stand up and had to be held in their arms while he "conned" the boat into the harbor and was safe once more. The fishermen earned $50 by their perilous trip.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1887