The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1888

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The schr. B.W. Folger is loading timber for Oswego.

The schr. A. Falconer will load iron ore for Cleveland.

The str. St. Lawrence made her trial trip today and gave entire satisfaction.

The steamer Juanita is to run an excursion from Thurso to Kingston, May 24th.

The schr. W. Kellar (Capt. Pritchard) has gone to Grindstone Island to load stone for Chicago.

John Finnecan contemplates making arrangements with another first-class boat to take the place of the Rothesay upon the St. Lawrence.

The owners of the yacht Merle, Oswego, are anxious for a race with the Verve, Toronto, Medge, Rochester. They are all English cutters.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes, owned by Messrs. Parsons & Richardson, now lying at Portsmouth, was to have been pumped out today and taken to Deseronto where she will be rebuilt. She will be ready for service on July 1st, and will be commanded by Capt. Dandy who will hand over the B.W. Folger to Capt. Dewitty.

Capt. T. Brokenshire, of the schr. Ocean Wave, reports the loss of the schr. William Elgin on Saturday evening. She left Oswego after noon hour laden with coal for Deseronto, and on clearing the harbour struck bottom. It was not thought that the vessel was seriously damaged, but when about twelve miles off Oswego it was found that she was making water fast. All hands took to the pumps, but they could not keep her afloat. In fact she settled and sank so quickly that the members of the crew had not time in which to secure their clothing. The captain carried the cook, an old man 66 years of age, out in his arms, and in the hurry thought not of a sum of money in the cabin. The Elgin was manned by Capt. J. Savage (owner); his son Willlie, who acted as mate, residing at Wellington; D. Savage, Napanee; R. Garvin and Stanley Pailon, Waupoose, sailors; and D. Babbitt, cook. The prop. Van Allen passed near to the men after they had taken to the small boat, but did not apparently see them. The Elgin was seen by the captain of the Ocean Wave for some time before she disappeared. He requested the men to keep a sharp lookout, and presently the shipwrecked crew was seen, steered for, and picked up. The rescue was thus very timely. The Ocean Wave, laden with coal for Kingston, made a halt at Indian Point yesterday, when the Elgin's crew took the bay steamer for home. The Elgin was about thirteen years old, and worth about $3,000. She was not insured.

Arrivals: schr. Ocean Wave, 165 tons coal; schr. Willie Kellar, Toledo, 17,400 bush. corn; prop. Persia, Montreal; Ocean, St. Catharines.

Clearances: schr. Tecumseh, barges M.C. Cameron and Cavalier, Escanaba, light; barge Kildonan, Oswego, 418,493 feet timber; tug D.G. Thompson, Oswego, light.

Building At Clayton - unusual catamaran building at shops of A. Bain & Co. of Clayton; each hull is 25 x 4 x 2 ft. [On The St. Lawrence]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1888