The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1890

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The str. Niagara cleared last evening light for Manistee.

The strs. Myles and Wilson cleared for Buffalo and Duluth last evening.

The barge Minnedosa is en route to the city with 67,000 bushels of grain.

The schr. White Oak arrived yesterday from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

Will Mentry of Cape Vincent is the purser on the str. Maynard this season.

The tug Eleanor and two barges laden with lumber, cleared for Oswego last evening.

The schr. White Oak had to remain at anchor in the harbour today on account of the heavy sea. She is chartered for Charlotte with ice.

On Saturday the schr. Pilot, Capt. Frank Barnhart, left Kingston at 6 a.m. and arriving at Glenora (Stone Mills) at 9 a.m. thus making the passage in 3 hours, beating steamer time.

Arrivals: schr. Chieftain, Fair Haven, 4 barges, light; prop. Canada, Duluth, lightened 7,750 bushels wheat and proceeded to Montreal; tug Col. By, Cape Vincent, barges Thistle and Minnie in tow.


About 1:00 while John Grass and his daughter were driving towards the city from their residence near the lake shore in the township of Kingston, they saw a schooner labouring hard with the waves which were being driven madly by a violent southwesterly gale. The boat although a large one, seemed to be at the mercy of the tempest and rocked like a cradle.

Several times she careened so much to one side that Mr. Grass thought she would roll over altogether. After each roll she squared back to her proper position and concealed by clouds of spray, for a time Mr. Grass lost sight of the vessel but when the spray cleared away he got another glimpse of the boat. At first he thought she had two masts. She might have had three masts for he could not see her as plainly as if the stern had been towards him. He and his daughter watched her carefully because they suspected she would be wrecked. Suddenly the waves dashed against her and the misty spray flew before the gale. The boat rolled over on her side and seemed to stay in this position for several seconds. Unfortunately the boat could not recover itself and over she went. She sank quickly. This occurred about 1:30 p.m. a mile west of the lighthouse.

At 1:00 a vessel was sighted near the lighthouse by men in Breck & Booth's yard. Telescopes revealed the ship and many thought it was the schooner Jessie Breck for she was due at Garden Island today. The men were so confident the schooner they saw was the Breck they informed Capt. Booth. In half an hour they levelled their telescopes in the direction of the lighthouse again but were disappointed in not seeing the boat.

The Jessie Breck was on her way to the city with a cargo of water soaked timber and Capt. Booth thinks that if her deck filled with water she would easily be capsized in the gale.

There were many opinions expressed this afternoon as to the boat which capsized. Some said it was the schooner Trade Wind; others that it was the schr. Grantham while others were certain it was the Jessie Breck.

Capt. Booth searched for a tug this afternoon to go to the scene of the wreck.

Another disaster was reported after this news was received that the vessel had capsized. The boat in trouble is the schooner Grantham. She is reported ashore on Horseshoe Island and the last accounts say she is going to pieces.

The str. Hiram Calvin started for Nine Mile Point at 3:30 o'clock.

A Vessel Ashore .

Wolfe Island, May 14th - A large three masted schooner is ashore and gone to pieces at the head of Horseshoe Island. Think all hands lost. H. Grimshaw.

It is supposed this dispatch refers to the schr. Grantham. She cleared from the city, light, yesterday. She is owned by Capt. Donnelly and his son. Her crew consisted of Capt. T. Crawford; mate W. Newell; and sailors J. Duncan, J. Rushford, J. Crawford and T. O'Neill.

This afternoon the str. Pierrepont went to the scene of the wreck.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1890