The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1890

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p.1 General Paragraphs - This morning the tug Eleanor arrived with the schr. Maggie L. in tow. She was laden with lumber for Dexter, N.Y. On Sunday she struck a shoal off Horseshoe Island, and carved away her centreboard. The lumber will be removed and she will receive a new board.

Thomas Murphy, of the Murphy Wrecking Co., working at the schr. Tremble, had a narrow escape from drowning on Saturday by the giving way of a line. He was thrown into the river and carried 500 feet away by the current before being picked up. Nothing but his excellent swimming qualities saved him from drowning.


The str. Alexandria makes her last trip down the river on the 17th inst.

The prop. Persia is expected today on her last trip from St. Catharines to Montreal.

The schr. Sylvester Neelon is expected to arrive today from Toledo with grain for Montreal.

The barge City of Kingston is unloading wood at Crawfords', and the str. Khartoum barley at Richardsons.

The schr. White Oak has gone to the Grove Inn yard of the Rathbun Company to finish unloading her cargo of coal.

The prop Armenia loaded cement yesterday and left for Cornwall. The cement will be used on the work of repairing the canal now in progress at that point.

Loss of the Ocean Wave - The schr. Ocean Wave, found capsized near Oswego, was owned by the captain and mate and had been in the employ of the Downey Co. of Belleville, off and on for years. She left Belleville port on Thursday last for Trenton after having discharged her second cargo of coal for Capt. Eccles. At Trenton she took on a heavy deck load of lumber, lath and heading and put out for Oswego on Friday. On the way down the bay she put into Belleville and shipped Joseph Wells, which completed her crew. The schooner was found about 15 miles off Oswego, bearing north, lying on her side with spars in water and stern washing out. There was no one aboard. It will be difficult to tow her to port in her present condition. She was a light draught vessel and of the small class. Her capacity was not more than 100,000 feet of lumber.

The storm on the lakes on Sunday night was the most terrific ever experienced by the oldest mariners. Wells, the victim from Belleville, was from Quebec where his father still lives. While in Belleville he lived with Thomas Bruseau ?, on South John Street and worked in the coal yards until the summer of 1889, when he sailed on Mullon's barge, the Hattie Ann, a small boat which plied with wood between bay ports. This summer he made several trips on the schr. British Queen and other lake schooners. He was unmarried and eighteen years of age. The report that Mike Donaghue had shipped on the schr. Ocean Wave as cook is untrue. He shipped on the schr. Sovereign as cook.

Mate Martin, more familiarly and generally known as "Banty", was well known and highly respected among the sailing fraternity in Port Hope. He lived with his father-in-law, Sam McLean, his wife having died some time ago. Another Port Hoper was before the mast, Tommy Sands, an immigrant, who always made his home with James Edmunds. Sands was a near acquaintance of Capt. Martin, and last spring went on board the schooner as a sailor. He was about 15 years of age.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1890