The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1887

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The schr. W.R. Taylor will load barley at Toronto for Toledo as soon as she returns from Prescott.

The schr. White Oak ran down from Toronto in twenty-four hours, reaching here yesterday afternoon.

Richardson & Son have chartered the schr. White Oak to carry 13,500 bushels of barley to Oswego.

On Monday last the sloop Lorraine, with a cargo of grain, made the trip between here and Prescott in seven hours.

Capt. George Crawford, of the steamer Norseman, spent yesterday in the city. The steamer will lay up about the end of this week.

The prop. Bruno and her consorts Maggie McRae and Laura which arrived yesterday from Duluth, laden with grain had a very stormy passage, and much of their cargoes are damaged.

The schr. S. Neelon was put on Shickluna's dry-dock at St. Catharines on Friday. The Seaton struck her amidships on the starboard side, staving in her hull, planks, frames and ceiling.

A few evenings ago a portion of the cabin and some planks from the wreck of the schr. Oriental were washed ashore near Port Dalhousie, but so far none of the lost crew have been discovered. The supposition is that those on board took the boat long before the vessel sank, and have therefore gone down in the deep part of the lake.

Arrivals: props. Niagara, Chicago, grain; Bruno and consorts, Duluth, grain; Magnus, Chicago, grain; schrs. White Oak, Toronto, grain; Morvia, Deseronto, 40,000 feet of lumber; sloop Lorraine, Prescott, 3,000 bushels oats.

Capt. Donnelly has returned from examining the wreck of the str. City of Owen Sound. He went on a line steamer from Collingwood, and on a tug from Little Current to Clapperton Island, where the steamer lies. The vessel is in 114 ft. of water forward, and 110 ft. aft. The captain thinks she is in her last resting place.

Chicago, Nov. 7th - The month of October shows an aggregate of 285 accidents and disasters on all the lakes, 117 more than in September this year and 115 more than in October last year. They occurred as follows: Lake Michigan, 97; Lake Huron, the straits and Sault River, 80; rivers, 18; Lake Superior, 15; Georgian Bay, 13; Lake St. Clair, 35; Lake Erie and Welland Canal, 15; Lake Ontario, 12. The causes were heavy weather, 116, loss $281,000; stranded, 55, loss $108,000; ashore, 50, loss $229,500; sprung a leak, 19; loss $36,600; disabled, 24, loss $36,400; collision, 18, loss $17,900; fire, 3, loss $11,300; loss on cargoes, $351,100; total loss for the month, $1,066,207, an increase over September of $825,309. Reckoning 49 lives lost with the steamer Vernon, 132 persons were drowned from vessels in October on the great lakes. If all these losses could be thoroughly investigated there is every reason to believe that it would be found that the direct cause of more than one half of them was overloading. Never in the history of the lake marine has the dangerous practice of overloading vessels been carried to such an extreme as in this season.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1887