The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1890

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p.1 Sinks Off Charlotte - The schooner Undine, owned by Captain Alex Ure, cargo 400 tons of coal from Sodus, bound for Toronto, was caught in the gale of Monday evening when about 20 miles west of Charlotte port. The schooner was put about and headed for Charlotte for shelter. The sea was heavy and was breaking over the vessel, and the captain was keeping as close as possible to the south shore in order to avoid the sea. When passing Braddock's point, about 8 p.m. the captain was deceived by the darkness as to distance from shore and his vessel struck one of the rock ledges which at this point run out into the lake nearly a mile. The Undine struck a glancing blow, immediately freed herself, and was headed out. An examination was made, and it was seen she was filling rapidly. The pumps were put to work, but they were unable to keep her free, and the crew, consisting of the captain, four men and a woman cook, took to the yawl boat, and none too soon, as the vessel sank immediately. After a perilous trip the crew reached Charlotte about midnight.

The crew lost everything they had, and one of them, Michael Kelly, had his ankle badly sprained. Captain Ure resides in Toronto, and purchased the Undine from her former owner, James Johnson, Hamilton. The Undine is sunk in 70 feet of water, and is likely to prove a total loss. The coal was for S. Crane & Co., and was insured.


The schr. Augusta, unloading lumber at Garden Island, will be ready to sail today.

The strs. D.D. Calvin and Armenia are loading oak timber in the west for Garden Island.

Clearances: schr. White Oak, Oswego, rye; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, lumber; tug Thompson, Oswego, light.

The str. Rideau Belle is at Davis Dry-Dock being generally overhauled. She will close a most successful season tomorrow and go into winter quarters.

At Richardsons the scow Minnie is unloading grain and the barge Alice Pacy is completing her load of phosphate and will start for Montreal tonight.

Arrivals: schr. Snow Bird, Toronto, peas; tug Hall and 6 barges, Montreal, steel rails; tug Eleanor and barge Minnie London, Cape Vincent, light.

The str. Dominion will clear for the Welland Canal with the schr. Augusta. The latter will go into winter quarters there and the str. will proceed with the schr. Neelon to Toledo to load corn for this city.

The str. Chieftain went across the lake last evening with 4 barges in tow, laden with 1,250,000 feet of lumber. It was shipped from Brockville to Oswego. The tow left at 3 o'clock yesterday and arrived there early this morning.

The storm drum has hit it at last. A westerly gale made things lively last night, as the weather bureau had predicted. The schr. Fleetwing, which was unloading a quantity of coal at the hosiery company's dock, was dashed about by the storm.

The work at the dry-dock is running along smoothly. Work on the east wall has been resumed. It is almost completed on the west side up to where the gates will rest. The merry thump of the spile-driver can be heard as it hammers the crib-work into position.

Vessels are beginning to lay up now as they see no money in the business. The rough, boisterous weather has caused a scarcity of sailors, and as they demand good wages, captains say there is nothing in carrying for them. Any way there is very little freight to handle now.

Capt. Dix had considerable difficulty in securing a crew for the White Oak for the run to Oswego and return. The cold weather has a deterrent effect on the sailors, who do not relish the idea of handling a vessel in a snow-storm. However a crew was at last secured and the White Oak started this morning.

The prop. Dominion is unloading salt at Rathbun's dock. She had an exciting time coming down the lake on Saturday with the schr. Augusta in tow. When they arrived opposite the Ducks a squall struck them, breaking the tow line. The prop. ran into the upper gap for shelter and the Augusta came on under sail. When about opposite 9-mile Point the gale increased, carrying away her foregaff and foresail, and Capt. Welch, knowing she would be driven ashore in a few minutes if he continued that way, cast both anchors out and succeeded in bringing her head to wind. She successfully rode out the gale. The Dominion came here early Monday morning and finding that the Augusta had not arrived, went in search of her and found her all right at anchor and towed her here.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1890