The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 28, 1889

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Schr. Philo Bennett arrived from Oswego with 185 tons coal last night.

Tug David G. Thompson left for Oswego last night with a barge in tow.

The prop. Rhoda Emily, from Chicago, with corn, arrived at Portsmouth this morning.

The steamer Glengarry and tow have been chartered in Chicago to carry grain to Kingston.

The prop. Celtic, from Montreal, is lying at Gunn's wharf. She will proceed up the lake as soon as the storm abates.


Yesterday afternoon the steamer Tecumseh left Collinsby with the barges Cameron, J.G. Worts and Cavalier for the Welland canal. They had discharged timber at Collinsby and were going back to Lake Superior for more. The trip was uneventful until 3 o'clock this morning The velocity kept getting greater as time passed. The captain of the Tecumseh came to the conclusion, when he got opposite Oak Orchard that to proceed would be perilous. He righted his boats and let two of them go. One he kept under line. The boats reached the city this afternoon.

A Whig reporter met the captain of the steambarge. He said that when he reached the Main Ducks he saw the steamer D.D. Calvin and tow, laden with timber. They seemed to be in difficulty. The barges were away from the steamer and no sailors seemed to be in charge of them.

Timber was floating about, and one of the boats, supposed to be the Norway, appeared as if one of her sides had been burst out.

An empty yawl was also noticed near one of the barges.

The captain of the Tecumseh thinks some of the sailors belonging to the boats are drowned.

Tidings From Picton.

Picton, May 28rd - James Burlingham, keeper of the Point Peter light, reports three barges, loaded, ashore there and going to pieces. They broke loose from a tug this morning. It is feared that the crews will all be lost. A telegram has been sent to the life saving station at Wellington calling for assistance.

The Latest Particulars.

Belleville, May 28th - Capt. Ostrander has just returned from Point Petre, reports that the barges were large ones, in tow of a large tug. They appear to have broken loose and drifted toward the point. When quite near the point the crew of one of the barges got into their yawl. Those on shore could not tell whether the tug picked them up or not.

Then the wind changed and all the barges drifted out into the lake. The tug remained for sometime and then followed the drifting barges. None of the crew came ashore. He could not make out the names of the tug or barges. The life saving crew with their life boat went from Wellington, but when they arrived the barges and tug were out of sight.

They Are Not The Same.

Capt. Manson of the steambarge Tecumseh says he met the Calvin and two barges this side of Point Peter, while the other barge was near the Ducks. The three lumber barges ashore at Point Peter, therefore, cannot be any of the Garden Island fleet.

The men on the steambarge Tecumseh say that while passing through the timber they saw a man in a yawl, but he was beyond reach and the steamer, because of the gale, could not turn about to pick him up. On what they supposed was the Norway, they saw a man at the wheel and various sailors in the rigging. The barge was alone and was without sails.

p.4 Ore Handlers On Strike - at Marquette, Mich.; big fleet of ore carriers tied up.

New and Mammoth Boats - proposed to build 12

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 28, 1889