The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1889

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The schr. Julia, loaded at Oswego, is wind bound there.

The str. Empress of India is at Picton to lay up for the season. She had a prosperous season on the Port Dalhousie route.

The work of the divers on the schr. Vickery is satisfactory. About 4,000 bushels of grain have already been disposed of.

The schr. Isaac May on her way to Kingston from Toledo with corn will be the last vessel to be discharged at the M.T. company's wharf.

The schr. Watertown is loading corn at Toledo for Ogdensburg. After unloading at the latter place she will come to Kingston and lay up for the winter.

The pontoon at present lying in Tunnel bay, Brockville, is undergoing improvements before sinking it in another endeavor to raise the barge Gaskin. Wooden braces are being placed inside the pontoon, thus preventing it from caving in so easily. It is hoped by adopting this plan that no further delay will be caused by the pontoons becoming defective.


The Bavaria investigation was proceeded with yesterday. Thomas O'Brien, master builder on Garden Island, helped to build the Bavaria in 1878. She was well constructed. He went aboard the Bavaria when she stranded on Galloo Island. The deck load seemed to be in a more compact state than he expected. When she was unloaded at Garden Island he did not see anything disturbed about the decks. She leaked very little. When put on the dock she only needed caulking in one place. Four oars were found on the deck and all the captain's papers were in their proper place. Mr. O'Brien built the yawl boat. It was a good one.

George O'Brien, captain of the steamer Armenia, on the 28th of May last went to the assistance of the disabled tow. He first came across the barge Norway, and after towing her to Garden Island again went up the lake and met the Calvin above the Ducks towing the Valencia down. He hailed the Calvin and the captain told him the direction the Bavaria took. He found her the next morning at Galloo Island. After taking a general view of her he left one of his men on board and then proceeded to Garden Island, where he got another vessel to take the Bavaria's deck load. He considered a vessel loaded as was the Bavaria perfectly safe. If the crew of the Bavaria had remained on deck they would have been perfectly safe. He would never, for the purpose of saving his life under the circumstances, take to a yawl boat nor allow his crew to do so if he could help it. He did not see any life preservers on the Bavaria. Sailing vessels did not carry them, but they would be a benefit if they were provided with them.

Capt. T. Taylor, inspector for the Inland Lloyd's, said that he had inspected the Bavaria last January. He knew the vessel well and considered her well adapted for the trade she was engaged in. When he inspected her in January he ordered some small repairs. He inspected her again in April and classed her "B" for coarse freight. He considered four or five tiers not a too heavy deck load for the Bavaria. He considered a vessel not seaworthy without her hatches battened down when loaded.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1889