The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1888

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The steam yacht Mary Stewart has been found. She found refuge in Big Sandy Creek harbor.

Capt. Pease has gone from Port Huron with two large pontoons to raise the steamer California, sunk in the straits last fall.

As the owners of the Atalanta refuse to sail for the Fisher Cup on any other day than July 17th, and the Norah will not sail before the 19th, it is not probable that the challenge will result in a race.

During the storm on Wednesday a scow owned by S.J. Pope, from Clayton to Alexandria Bay, loaded with lumber, and an engine for Pullman's Island, was caught in the gale, driven ashore, capsized and sunk.

The steamer Norseman crossed the lake in the heavy blow of Wednesday and rode the seas like a gull. The steamer is one of the safest on the lakes, and under the management of the efficient captain and crew there is no danger. [Port Hope Times]

Arrivals: prop. Clinton, Duluth, 17,500 bush. wheat; schr. Lisgar, Duluth, 23,300 bush. wheat; schr. Emerald, Duluth, 22,000 bush. wheat; schr. Grimsby, Duluth, 23,000 bush. wheat; prop. St. Magnus, West Superior, 35,000 bush. wheat; schr. Julia, Charlotte, 209 tons coal.

Wreck Of The Gerda - details.


(PART) hour when the wind increased in violence. Between four and six o'clock the wind rose to a hurricane, the horn of the yacht shoving the water in front of it, while tons of water passed along the lee rail. The sea had risen very rapidly, and constant attention had to be paid to the dingy which threatened every moment to capsize. With this state of affairs the Scotch Bonnets, Salmon Point and Long Point were passed at rapid speed. The yacht had advanced to about fifteen miles east of Long Point, and the False Ducks were expected to be speedily reached, but it was found that the wind was dead after the yacht and the high seas required that she should be kept on the quarter. Capt. Dicke then ordered a reduction of sail and S.Y. Baldwin climbed the mast and did the work. He had no sooner touched the deck than a frightful squall struck the boat, shivered the mast into three pieces, and sent everything over board forward on the lee side.

The mast was broken off short at the spider band. This placed the crew in a dangerous condition, but with all haste hatchets and knives were called into execution and the wreck was cleared away. Then the wreckage was gathered together, formed into a sea anchor, and with a long rope was put over the bow. The crew were put to infinite trouble in keeping the spars ahead and preventing them from knocking holes in the hull. During all this time a terrible sea was running. With all haste all the hatches were battened down and the sky lights made watertight. Up and down the Verve danced on the waves, which were rolling mountains high, and drifted in a southeasterly direction. All Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night the boat drifted about the lake. Nothing was sighted, and yet the sailors did not despair. They kept up their spirits and hung to the ship. They were knocked about by the tossing of the boat, and several times the men were carried overboard only to be rescued a moment afterwards. Every man is more or less bruised and hacked from the treatment they received from the angry billows.

To the horror of the adventurers it was found that during Thursday night the line holding the sea anchor had parted and the sails and rigging had drifted beyond recovery. There was no other recourse but to try to reach the shore, and as the gale had somewhat subsided the vessel's horn (line unreadable) main mast had rested. Then some old yards and jibs, stowed below, were hauled out, and a jury mast fitted out. While this was being set up the boat gave a lurch and Capt. Dicke and S.Y. Baldwin went overboard. They were some distance from the boat in an instant, but the next roll of a wave on whose crest they were landed them back on the boat, and with all haste they proceeded with their work again. They were then about twelve miles west of the Main Ducks. With sails set they made for the shore, reaching it during the forenoon of Thursday. Messages were carried ashore by fishermen, but not sent. Then the captain of the steamer Sylvan Stream, noticing the inverted ensign of the dismasted craft, ran to her rescue and took messages to Round Island park for a Kingston tug.

Capt. Dicke says he had been through many a storm, but never experienced such weather as that of Wednesday night. It was blowing at the rate of seventy miles per hour. The Verve did not ship a drop of water during all her driftings. The fishermen at the docks were surprised at the craft weathering the gale. It was really a miracle. The water along the shore had risen six feet by the violence of the gale. The company are all glad to be in Kingston.

All day yesterday Inspector Dicke was anxious about his son's safety, but he was not fearful as to his loss. He told a reporter that if she got below Presque Isle before the blow he was satisfied she was not lost. His son was a good sailor, clear headed and nervy, and would hang out as long as anybody else. "I had supposed he was on the north shore," said the inspector, "because I understood from another son that he intended cruising down before he came to Kingston to race." He telegraphed to all ports about Prince Edward county, but received no replies. The only message he received yesterday was one from a son who said that the Verve was last seen off Whitby on Wednesday afternoon. She seemed to be hove to then.

The Verve is a ten ton steel cutter, sloop rigged, thirty seven and a half feet in length, with a draught of eight feet, and of substantial build. She is owned by Messrs. Norman B. Dick and A.W. Thompson.

Damages At Cape Vincent.

The Islander, tied at the dock, was cut loose and an attempt made to put out into the river, but the wind blew so strong from the north that she could not get away from the dock and she was badly pounded. Considerable of the railing was torn away and other damage done, amounting to about $300. The Annie Laurie, badly pounded, sustained injuries to the amount of $400. Her nose was broken off and the sides damaged. Two barges from Kingston, loaded with railroad ties, pounded against the dock until they were stove in and, rapidly filling with water, sunk.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1888