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

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results of bad storm (part) -

A most thrilling experience was indulged in by Capt. Henning and the crew of the schr. Maria Annette. The captain left Oswego Tuesday night for Port Hope with a fair wind. At twelve o'clock the breeze freshened and snow began to fall. Naturally the sea became rough, and great difficulty was encountered in keeping a correct course. The compass was the only guide. Wednesday morning land was sighted a little east of Cobourg, but as the snow so obscured the sight, the vessel was but a few lengths from the shore when when the helm was put about. The vessel ran before the wind with great speed, and as she approached the Port Hope harbor the keenest excitement prevailed. The storm was furious, the sea was mountains high, the vision was obscured by blinding flakes of snow, but Capt. Bob was at the helm. On she came like a white-winged vulture, and although the haven of refuge was close at hand, "it was so near and yet so far," and beset with so many difficulties. With only about three feet space the vessel gracefully rounded the east pier and was safe in the harbor. Capt. Henning is deserving of praise for the clever manner in which he handled his craft, and the sailing fraternity are loud in their praises of his exciting feat.


G.M. Kinghorn, of the Montreal Transportation company, says: "I have been connected with St. Lawrence navigation for a good many years but do not remember a season when the water has been lower than at present. The lowness of the water threatened to be a very serious hindrance to navigation - just below the Galops rapids, where there is barely water enough at the best for heavily laden vessels to float. One barge of the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company did go ashore there, and a whole tow of the Montreal Transportation company's barges nearly came to grief shortly after at the same spot. Fortunately the captain of the tug was a cool and experienced hand, and as soon as he realized the position of affairs and saw that it would be impossible with the low state of the water to pass the stranded vessel, he made for an island on which was an old snubbing post and just succeeded in making his tow fast and saving the barges from destruction. The lowness of the water shows the necessity for still further deepening the river channels."

"While the past season was remarkably profitable for the river forwarders," remarked Mr. A.D. Thompson, "I expect that it will be found that money was lost on the lake vessels. Coal carrying is one of the mainstays of the lake shipping trade and this year there has been a great falling off in the quantity of coal offered as freight. This was probably due to the mildness of last winter, which left large supplies of coal over at the points of consumption. Whether that is the explanation or not, the usual quantity of coal was not offered as freight and we have all lost money on our lake vessels."

A Vessel In Danger - The schr. L.B. Bullock, Capt. Eccles, arrived at Oswego with barley from the Bay of Quinte. During a storm the main boom fell and carried away the wheel. The vessel soon got into the trough of the seas. A drag was improvised, and after some time the steerage gear was repaired sufficiently to enable them to make the port.

Incidents Of The Day - The prop. Myles arrived yesterday afternoon with 32,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur.

The schr. Julia is at Deseronto loading with barley for Oswego. She will come to Kingston to complete her load.

The schr. Watertown is at Ogdensburg with barley. After unloading she will come to Kingston and lay up for the winter.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1889