The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1887

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The schooner Herbert Dudley and its crew were the subjects of great solicitude by parties residing along the lake shore between Oswego and Sackett's Harbor, Sunday and Monday. Capt. James Parsons of Kingston, the owner, was in command, and he had six men as a crew. She started from Whitby on Saturday, and that night her jib was blown away in the storm which was growing in violence. She was loaded with 21,000 bushels of barley for Oswego, but when she reached a point opposite that city her captain decided not to make the attempt to get into Oswego harbor, as he had not sail enough to ensure safe landing. Sunday night the crew passed without sleep and Monday morning the schooner appeared off Stoney Island. The anxiety for her safety was so intense at Henderson that a crowd gathered, and a tug was made ready to go to her rescue if necessary. The Dudley made the point and succeeded in getting into Sackett's safely. The captain, who was registered at the Glove hotel today, en route to Oswego to get a new sail for the schooner, said he had been up and down Lake Ontario for twenty-eight years, and he never before was out in a storm like that of Sunday and Monday.

p.5 The Cook Of The Oriental - The cook on the ill-fated schooner Oriental was Miss Melinda Hebert, whose parents reside on Bagot street. She was 17 years of age, and had only been sailing but three months. She left the vessel on its arrival here last week, but at the earnest solicitations of the captain boarded it again. Her family is very much distressed.

Late Local News - The schooner Sylvester Neelon, sunk at Port Maitland by the schr. L.S. Seaton, will be raised and docked at Port Dalhousie. Her cargo of iron ore will be unloaded where she lies. The Neelon's decks are not below water, but the Seaton is in bad shape, being beached with a cargo of wheat.



The schr. Jessie Breck will carry 700 tons of coal from Oswego to the city.

The prop. Ontario, supposed to have been destroyed by an explosion, arrived this morning. She is laden with grain.

Mr. Stanton, St. Catharines, will send out a tug to the sunken Oriental to see what can be ascertained on examination. They will measure the depth of water over the vessel, and if the cabin is still on will send a diver down to examin it. Although strict watch has been kept along the beach, and the wind has been from the east, no bodies have been discovered.

On Monday the schr. Acacia ran to Charlotte for shelter, and, as she rounded the pier, collided with the Youell, carrying away her davits and otherwise injuring her. After the Acacia had got to the pier and been made fast one of the piles to which she was tied pulled out and she jumped back against the schr. Annandale, cutting her boat in two and carrying away the head-gear of the Annandale.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1887