The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1887

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The loss of the schr. Bessie Barwick is of little significance, so long as the crew is safe, but the manner in which the boat was left to itself is a subject of deep importance and demands immediate investigation. The St. Catharines Star says the circumstances are not at all favorable to Capt. Cavers, of the prop. Celtic. The schooner was in tow of the Celtic, and on Oct. 28th the propeller having broken her shaft in Nipigon Bay, let the schooner go. Either at the time or immediately afterwards, with regard to which reports conflict, a blinding snowstorm sprang up. The wheelsman of the Celtic was Charles Howe, Port Dalhousie, who left the boat as she passed down through the canal last week. He tells a story, which is corroborated by the mate, John Muir, also of Port Dalhousie, which is not at all flattering to the judgement displayed by Capt. Cavers in refusing to go to the assistance of the schooner. The same day that the Bessie Barwick was let go she was seen by the mate of the Celtic between an island and the mainland. Mr. Muir called the attention of Capt. Cavers to the position of the boat, and remarked that she was signalling them. With the remark that she was all right, and would beat the Celtic to the Sault, the captain refused to go to her assistance. This was the last seen of the Bessie Barwick.

The purser of the Celtic corroborates the statements of the other members of her sailing force to the extent that he was "never so sorry for anyone in his life as he was for Capt. Murray when he saw the Barwick flying signals of distress, and the Celtic's superior officer refused to go to her aid."



Arrivals: barge Lisgar, light; schr. A. Foster, 149 tons of coal; P. Bennett, 170 tons of coal; tug Thompson, three barges, Oswego, coal for Montreal; prop. Arcadia, Toronto, grain for Montreal; Rideau Belle, general cargo, Rideau river; schr. Grantham, Toronto, 22,800 bush. grain; Persia, St. Catharines; Alexandria, Montreal.

Departures: sloop Lorraine, 75,000 feet of lumber for Mark's & Son, Cape Vincent; schr. Jessie Breck, for Oswego, laden with lumber.

Loading: schr. Clara White,4,500 bushels barley at Wolfe Island for Oswego; Lenna D. (sic Laura D. ?), peas, Cape Vincent; Proctor, lumber for Oswego.

The captain of the schr. Bessie Barwick reports that the schooner sprung a leak, and was abandoned between Michipicoten Island and the Midland, and the crew succeeded in reaching an uninhabited shore. They were two weeks in coasting down the lake, before reaching the Dog river fishing grounds.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1887