The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1887

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The steam barge Scotia is loading barley at Toronto for Oswego.

The schr. Restless is discharging lumber from Deseronto at Gananoque.

The schr. B.W. Folger cleared for Oswego today with a cargo of barley.

The travel on the steamer Princess Louise, between Gananoque and Kingston this year, has been unusually heavy.

McAuley & Co. have chartered the schr. O.S. Storrs to carry 10,000 bushels of barley to Oswego.

The safety of the schr. W.R. Taylor was assured for on Saturday night Capt. Dix telegraphed his arrival at Port Colborne.

The prop. Celtic, with the schr. Bessie Berwick in tow, was badly disabled at McKay's harbor. The tug A.J. Smith towed the Celtic back to Sault Ste. Marie.

Despite the stormy weather which prevailed on Saturday afternoon, the new tug John Walker, owned by the M.T. Co., was given a trial. She started at two o'clock, accompanied by the tug D.G. Thompson. On board of the Walker were Superintendent Childs, of the locomotive works, and Mr. Adams, steamboat inspector. Messrs. Dodds and Siler attended the engine. The power of the machinery was tried with 180 lbs. of steam on. Notwithstanding the choppy sea the new boat showed great speed, and ran away from the Thompson. The sail extended to Garden Island, and back to the city, then up and down the harbour several times. The Walker travelled at the rate of 14 miles an hour. On Saturday next the joiners' work and painting will be completed, and the boat given another trip. She cost $25,000. Her registered tonnage is 98, and gross tonnage 185, 105 ft. in length, 19 ft. 8 in. extreme breadth and 9 ft. 6 in. depth amidships. The engine is a fore and aft compound. The hull is made of the very best white and blue oak timber. She was built in the city, and her machinery manufactured at the Canadian engine and locomotive works. She will be used by the company in lake and river service.

Arrivals: Schr. E.R.C. Proctor, Charlotte, 340 tons coal; schr. British Queen, Oswego, 184 tons coal.

Wrecks On Lake Michigan.

Chicago, Oct. 31st - The Inter-Ocean's special from Manitowac says the propeller Vernon foundered about six miles north-east of Two Rivers. A tug picked up the pilot house with the name Vernon on it and five life preservers off Two Rivers. Owing to this fact probably not a soul of the 25 or 30 people on board were saved. The cause of the terrible disaster will probably remain a mystery. It is reported that Boiler Inspectors Reid and Fitzgerald, of Milwaukee, were on board the propeller and are among the lost. It is estimated that the number of people on the ill-fated vessel were 50. The steambarge Burroughs, of Milwaukee, is overdue, and many anxious inquiries are received as to her whereabouts. Captain Hawkins, of the schr. William Home, reports passing three dead bodies on Saturday afternoon about six miles south-west of Manitowac. One body was that of a woman with long black hair. She had a life preserver on. The other two bodies were those of men.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1887