The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1889

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p.1 Leaks In The Coffer Dam - at dry dock site.


The Evidence Presented At The Investigation.

The investigation into the loss of the Bavaria's crew was resumed by Capt. T. Donnelly this morning. Joseph Archie, when sworn, said he was captain of the barge Cavalier, one of the steamer Tecumseh's tow, on the 28th May last. On that day his vessel passed another vessel lying in the trough of the sea. After passing her about three miles northward he noticed some timber in the lake, on one of which was a man. Shortly afterwards he saw a yawl boat, bottom up, with a man on it. Close to the yawl boat was a pall, oar and pike pole floating. The man on the boat lifted his right hand. The sea was rolling over him. The Tecumseh made no attempt to go to the assistance of the man, as the sea was too heavy. His barge could have taken care of itself if the Tecumseh had let her go. He did not think that there was any yawl boat ever built that would ever stand the heavy sea of the day. As soon as he saw the man on the upturned boat he said to his crew that it was Capt. Marshall. He thought it was him from his shape and build. He once sailed on the Bavaria and considered her seaworthy with four tiers of timber on her. He sailed on the lakes twenty-four years, but never experienced a bigger gale than the one on the 28th May. The Bavaria was as safe with her load as if loaded with life preservers.

James MacDonald, one of the crew on the Norway, testified that on the morning of the 28th May when the line of the Bavaria broke, three of the crew were standing aft and Capt. Marshall was standing on the cabin at the time. He did not hear Capt. Marshall say anything when the Norway passed the Bavaria's stern.

Other witnesses will be examined on Thursday morning.

A Damaged Engineer - while working on machinery of str. Princess Louise.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1889