The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1888

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Duluth, Oct. 2nd - The Canadian tug James A. Walker arrived here today from Kingston with the schooner Regina in tow. The officers of both vessels told a thrilling story of the hardships they had encountered on the lake about miles south-west of Isle Royale. There was a terrific gale, which interfered with the progress of the wrecker. Early in the afternoon the strain on the hawser, a new one, was so great as to cause it to break. Just about this time the Walker's steering gear got out of fix, and as she tried to come around on the lee side of the vessels in order to pick up the line she became unmanageable and drifted down upon them. All four vessels were tossed together, and the crew of the Brandon, which had become disabled and waterlogged, jumped aboard the Walker. The latter boat had a good portion of her rails smashed, and was otherwise damaged by the collision. At last the Walker had her steering point in good condition, and she managed to pick up the Regina. No one positively saw the Brandon sink, but there is little doubt that she did. The Walker made for Duluth shortly after midnight with the waterlogged Regina and lost no time in searching for the Jennie. An accident occurred to the engineer of the Walker. He was in the after part of the vessel trying to get the steering apparatus in order, and his head was caught in a close place by some part of the tiller and badly crushed. His name is John Dodds. Joseph Siddall, the mate, was there with him and was in fearful agony, believing his comrade dead. He was the one who righted matters. The Brandon carried 1,100 tons of iron, valued at $10,000, and was herself worth between $15,000 and $20,000.

Duluth, Oct. 3rd - The tug Walker has just returned with the schooner Jennie. She was forty miles out, badly strained, and full of water. The crew were on the verge of exhaustion.

Other Marine Items.

The tug McArthur has cleared for Detroit to await orders.

The schr. White Oak is here from Charlotte with 400 tons of coal.

The schrs. Neilson (sic - Neelon ?) and Singapore have been chartered to load iron ore for Cleveland.

The steambarge Tecumseh and tow are discharging timber at Collinsby.

The schr. W.R. Taylor is at Garden Island. She will clear for Port Robinson, where she will be rebuilt.

The schr. Neelon is discharging staves, brought from Bay City, Detroit and Port Huron, at Garden Island.

The prop. Acadia, from Chicago, lightened 6,000 bushels of grain and proceeded to Montreal.

The steamer Princess Louise was launched at Portsmouth yesterday after receiving repairs and a new wheel.

The schr. Jessie Breck is unloading coal for Breck & Booth, and the schr. Jennie McDonald with coal from Sodus Point arrived this morning.

Engineer Sloan has gone to Duluth to take the place on the tug Walker of Engineer Dodds, injured on Monday night. The barge Brandon is sunk in 600 feet of water.

p.8 str. Armenia broke piston rod.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1888