The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1890

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The steamer Glengarry and tow are loading grain at Duluth for the city.

The schr. Straubenzie, from Duluth, is discharging timber at Collinsby.

The str. Thompson and tow have gone to Toledo to load corn for the city.

The schr. S.H. Dunn will leave in a few days for Toledo to load timber for Garden Island.

The water is higher in the river at present than it has been at this time of year since 1884.

On Saturday the schr. Maggie L. cleared for Dexter, N.Y. with 10,000 shingles and 50,000 feet of lumber.

The schr. S.H. Dunn at Garden Island with timber had her jibboom broken off in coming from Toledo.

At Wolfe Island yesterday Capt. Allen lowered one of the boats off the steamer Pierrepont. It did not take only a few moments to launch it.

Arrivals: schr. B.W. Folger, Fairhaven, 201 tons of coal; schr. Julia, Oswego, 203 tons of coal; schr. Oliver Mowat, Sandusky, 550 tons coal.

The following boats passed Port Colborne yesterday en route to Kingston: str. Niagara, Manistee; schr. Emerald, Manistee to Garden Island, timber; schr. D. Freeman, Sandusky to Kingston, coal.

Schooner Breck in Port.

She Was Towed Over to Garden Island on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon the tugs Chieftain, Armenia, Johnston and Metamora went to the wreck of the Jessie Breck off Snake Island and after working at her for some time succeeded in getting her off the shoal. On the way down she kept dragging the bottom and it was with difficulty that the four tugs could move her along. Sometimes she would sink altogether and remain out of sight until a shallow spot was reached. The work of towing her down was very slow but a little after 7:00 in the evening they arrived off Garden Island. It was the intention of the owners of the Breck to take her into the Bay off the island, but as she was drawing too much water she went aground off Garden Island and it was impossible to pull her off. As she lays on her side she is drawing 20 feet of water. The vessel is in the same state as she was the afternoon she was visited after she capsized. Her three masts are in her but the second one is broken. The sails are still on her though in rags. A large portion of her after deck has been broken and her cargo of timber can easily be seen. Her bulwarks are gone. These, no doubt, were cut away by the crew as notches in the side of the vessel can be plainly seen. This was done in order to let the water off the vessel as soon as it came on. The vessel as she lay off the island yesterday presented a most abject and worn out appearance.

When the news reached Wolfe Island that the Breck was being towed down a large crowd gathered on the wharves anxious to see the craft coming in. The families and relatives of those whose lives had been sacrificed were present and it is said a more pitiful sight was never witnessed. As the vessel was being towed to where she is now the weeping for the lost was beyond description. The sight of the Breck seemed to have revived the sorrow of three weeks ago.

The Breck had not been long in when she was surrounded with row boats, every person being anxious to see all they could, which, however was not much. An overcoat was found in the rigging and was recognized as the coat of John Mullin, son of William Mullin, both of whom lost their lives. It was John who probably clung to the rigging and who slipped off his coat the better to battle for life should he be washed overboard. There was nothing else belonging to the crew found on her. It was at first reported that two bodies had been found but this proved to be untrue. The vessel was well searched over as some thought some of the crew might have been below deck at the time of the accident. There were no signs of any bodies to be seen.

It is likely she will be righted where she is. Some hold that if the spars are taken out of her she will right herself while others contradict this idea. Her timber can be taken out of her.

About an hour after the Breck arrived Mrs. John Larkins, out with two others in a row boat to the schooner saw a dark object floating in the water. She rowed over to it and discovered it was the body of a man. She was so close to it that she could see that the eyes were open. She hurriedly made for Wolfe Island and informed some young men who secured boats and went out to the place indicated by Mrs. Larkin. They hunted the lake between Garden and Wolfe Islands for three hours but failed to find anything. It appeared strange to the men that if Mrs. Larkin really did see a body that they were unable to find it. Early yesterday morning a large number of men again went out but could not trace anything. It was first thought to be one of the bodies of the crew of the schooner Breck but it was afterwards thought it was the body of either Coulson or Lloyd drowned during the afternoon of Good Friday. The place where Mrs. Larkin saw the body is near where the two boys were last seen. The island people are in a state of excitement as to whose body it really was. It had evidently been brought to the surface by the Breck dragging the bottom.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1890