The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1890

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The schr Maggie L. is at Richardon's wharf unloading sand.

The schr. Grantham is loading timber at Toledo for Garden Island.

The prop. Acadia arrived last night from Chicago on her way to Montreal.

D.F. Jones of the Royal Military College received a handsome canoe from Brockville.

The steam yacht Wherenow was launched yesterday under the superintendance of W. Power.

The str. Isaac May and barges arrived at Collinsby yesterday with timber from Gladstone.

The schr. Vienna cleared last night for Toronto with a load of paving blocks from Dead Man's Bay.

James S. Johnson has been appointed purser on the str. Norseman. The appointment is a good one.

The schr. G.W. Davis is discharging 22,000 of wheat at Ogdensburg. The boat made the trip from Detroit in 5 days and 12 hours.

The schr. Wawanosh, Toledo to Garden Island, with timber and the steamer Algonquin from Toronto to Kingston with corn, passed Port Colborne yesterday afternoon.

The steam yacht Spray, owned by Mr. Harris, Brockville, will leave with a party for Rideau Lake via Kingston in a few days. John McWater, who was second engineer on the steamer McArthur, will have charge of the Spray's engine.

Arrivals: tug Freeman, Cape Vincent, light; schooners Hanlan, Oswego, 186 tons coal; H. Dudley, Oswego, 306 tons coal; Eliza Fisher, 226 tons coal; B.W. Folger, Oswego, 182 tons coal; Annie Falconer, Sandusky, 368 tons chemical ore.

M. Milleen met with a serious accident yesterday afternoon while working on the schooner Minnedosa. He was engaged with others in handling railroad iron. He was accidentally struck on the head with one rail rendering him unconscious for a few moments and making an ugly cut on his head. Five stitches were put in it.

The Cleveland Press says: "When the schooner Minnedosa came into port she probably attracted more attention than any vessel that has been here for many a day and she deserved it all the more, too, even if she was from Canada. She is a four master with as finely modelled lines as any sailor would come upon, and taken together is as clean and trim a looking craft as was ever seen on the lakes. She was built in Kingston last winter and is on her first trip coming from Kingston. Her dimensions are larger than are usually found in sailing vessels being 250 feet keel and 38 feet beam. She rides the water like a swan and after seeing her vessel men felt disposed to take back many of the hard things they had said about the ability of Canadians to build a good looking vessel." Marine men think the M.T. company should have registered the Minnedosa in Kingston instead of Montreal. A boat as well modelled and staunchly built has never been built in the Montreal district.

Another Body Found - Yesterday afternoon the men engaged in searching for the bodies of the crew of the schooner Jessie Breck caught the remains of Miss Marion Mackie, cook, with the grapple. Her friends were in the city last evening making arrangements for her funeral.

Mrs. Mackie, wife of the late Joseph Mackie, who was buried yesterday, is confined to her room. Her friends say she is very ill. Her sickness was brought on by the news of the disaster.

The body of the late Miss Mackie was found about 2 miles from the head of Simcoe Island in many feet of water.

The funeral of the late Joseph Mackie occurred yesterday on Wolfe Island and was probably the largest ever seen on the island. There were 53 vehicles. People from the city, from all parts of Wolfe and from the neighboring islands were present. The funeral was conducted by the Ancient Order of United Workmen. The remains were put in the vault under the Anglican Church. This afternoon the remains of Miss Mackie will also be laid in the vault. When the bodies are all recovered they will be interred in the cemetary.

Yesterday the steamer Traveller with T. O'Brien, a diver, went to the remains of the Jessie Breck. Mr. O'Brien succeeded in having one of the anchors of the boat raised. It was brought to Garden Island. It appears that the schooner is not, or was not, held by an anchor. What makes her stick is a mystery. It is intended to raise her in a few days and bring her to Garden Island between 2 schooners.

Everything goes to show that Joseph Mackie was the last member of the crew of the Jessie Breck who left her before she capsized. His body was found nearest the place where the schooner was drifting when the Hiram A. Calvin reached her on Saturday. He may have kept afloat for half an hour after the disaster.

Men did not search for the bodies today because the lake was rough.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1890