The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 18, 1890

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p.1 Five of Them Drowned - str. St. Lawrence, Capt. Estes, collides with steam yacht Catherine Green near Alexandria Bay; yacht is about 40' long (1 1/2 columns of detail).

p.4 Two Yachts Wrecked - Chicago, July 17th - Nothing definite has yet been learned as to the identity of the two yachts found wrecked in the middle of Lake Michigan yesterday by the captain of the str. Puritan. It is surmised, however, that they are the Sabie (Sable ?) and Igo, which left Chicago one week ago last Tuesday. They belong to and were sailed by James and Joseph Beaupre of this city. The Sabie was the largest of the two, and had in tow the Igo.

Collision In Detroit River - Detroit, July 17th - This evening as the str. City of Detroit with three excursion parties aboard came within the city limits her steam steering apparatus gave out unaccountably, and she sheered about and ran into the steambarge Kesota owned in Cleveland, cutting her completely in two amidships. The Kesota's cargo was iron ore, and it slid into the river, holding the severed parts under water, leaving the bow and stern above the water with the City of Detroit directly over her. Captain Fick and a crew of 17 were rescued by row boats and yachts.

The aged mother of the steward, name unknown, was drowned. The captain's wife was saved by a seaman diving after her as she was sinking. Judge Nichols of Batavia, O., an excursionist on the City of Detroit, was quite severely injured by the breaking of some shrouds, and his son and three or four other passengers were slightly hurt. All except the judge were able to continue their trip.

The damage to the City of Detroit is $20,000, and she will be on the dry dock for three weeks. The Kesota was valued at $120,000 and is a total wreck.

Five Were Drowned - a short article on collision between St. Lawrence and yacht Catherine.


The schr. Eliza Fisher arrived this morning with coal from Charlotte.

The schr. Minnedosa is on her way from Duluth with grain for Montreal.

The schr. Julia cleared this evening for Oswego to load coal for Kingston.

The schrs. Emery and B.W. Folger will load lumber tomorrow for Oswego.

The schr. Julia after unloading here the next trip will be docked for repairs.

The steam barge Water Lily, loaded with lumber, is on her way here from Ottawa.

The schr. S.H. Dunn arrived at Garden Island last night with timber from Toledo.

The tug Thompson and 2 barges arrived last evening from Toledo with grain.

The str. Eber Ward from Duluth to Kingston with grain, passed Port Dalhousie yesterday.

The strs. Algerian, Toronto; Pilgrim, Charlotte; and Spartan, Montreal, called at Swift's dock.

The little schr. Restless, tied up on an execution a week ago at Oswego, was sold to Capt. Smith.

Capt. C.H. Daniels, Oswego, will command the double-decked str. Ionia, of Grand Haven, Mich.

The Rathbun Co. have made advances for the purchase of the str. Varuna, but Capt. Porte refuses to sell.

The schr. Elgin, which arrived at Muskegon a few days ago from Sarnia, and was seized by the customs authorities for having aboard smuggled liquors, is still in charge of the officers. The captain and cook, arrested for doing the smuggling, had their examination, and were held for trial with bail at $500.

Capt. Booth says that since the schr. Jessie Breck was hauled out at Portsmouth he examined her sides and bottom and found them in as good condition as they ever were. The cause of the accident to her is due to the fact that during the storm in which she was lost one of the ports blew open, letting in a stream of water 4 feet square. This caused the boat to founder.

Wreck of the Cuba - Grey's Reef, where the prop. Cuba stranded, is one of the most dangerous places on the lakes, being but a little off the course of vessels entering the straits from Lake Michigan. The Cuba is valued at $25,000, with an insurance limit of $21,429. The cargo of corn is insured for $10,200. The Cuba had no merchandise on board. W.A. Geddes and Capt. Crangle, Toronto, are shareholders in the Chicago & Montreal transportation company. The prop. California, which was wrecked in the Straits of Mackinaw a few years ago, was the prototype of the Cuba, and at that time was running in connection with her. The Cuba was fully overhauled and refitted at Toronto last winter, besides having a new boiler put in at the Polson shipyard. Altogether about $20,000 was expended on her. The Cuba was released Wedesday by the Favorite and towed to Duncan City, where the diver, John Jarvis, made an examination of her. She is leaking freely and will have to be docked for repairs.

Arrival Of The Vreda - the Watson cutter yacht Vreda, from England, arrives to race - details of her dimensions and build.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 18, 1890