The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1890

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The schooner O.S. Storrs is loading grain at Richardsons' for Oswego.

Ice has formed on the Rideau Canal. Navigation has nearly closed on it.

The tug Thompson, with barges Dorchester and Regina, left for Deseronto yesterday to load lumber for Oswego.

The tug Walker with the barges Minnedosa and Kildonan in tow, left Port Arthur at 5 o'clock last evening.

Clearances: tug Thompson, Deseronto, with barges Dorchester and Regina; schr. O.S. Storrs, Oswego, grain.

The schr. Maggie L. is having her centreboard repaired and will leave today with a load of lumber for Dexter, N.Y., in tow of the tug Eleanor.

While the str. D.D. Calvin and steambarge Ella G. were about to pass each other in the bay at Toledo the latter took a sheer and struck the Calvin, breaking her suction board and sustaining spar. The Calvin was not damaged.

Arrivals: tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, one barge, light; tug Glide, Grindstone Island, barge Detroit, deckload of paving stone for Montreal; tug Thompson and barges Dorchester, Regina and Nebraska, Montreal; schrs. Kate Eccles, Colborne, 9000 bushels wheat; Fleetwing, Fairhaven, coal.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived this morning with coal for Swifts from Fairhaven. Capt. Shaw states that en route for Fairhaven last Tuesday they saw the wreck of the Ocean Wave and ran close alongside. Contrary to the statements of others he saw that the yawl boat was not tied to her stern, in fact the wrecked vessel had been washed away by the seas.

Drowned In Lake St. Francis - A man named Fortier, aged twenty-two years, steering the barge Kinghorn, of the Montreal Transportation Company, was drowned in Lake St. Francis yesterday morning. The crew were startled by a cry and a splash, and hurrying on deck they found that Fortier was not at his post and that the barge was running sideways. They heard cries from the water, and getting a lamp saw the steersman struggling in the water and crying for them to save him. His cries were heartrendering. The crew soon had the little boat lowered to the water, but, unfortunately, in their haste, they omitted to secure the boat till they got in it, and it drifted from their reach, making them completely helpless to aid their drowning comrade. At the time they were in tow of the tug Thompson, and they signalled to it that they were in distress. The tug steamed up to them and they called out that there was a man overboard. The barge was then about three hundred yards from where Fortier had fallen, and faint cries could still be heard in the distance. The tug made all haste to the spot, but when it reached the place from which the cries had been heard, they had ceased entirely. Nothing can be done to recover the body.

The Capsized Schooner - Capt. Thos. Brokenshire, owner of the ill-fated schooner Ocean Wave, who, with the remainder of the crew, met a watery grave on Sunday night near Oswego, is a brother of J. Brokenshire of this city. The unfortunate man lived at Cobourg. He leaves a wife and 10 children, 2 sons and 8 daughters. He was in Belleville a week ago, and in conversation stated that this would, in all probability, be his last trip, as he did not like the idea of sailing late in the fall. It is also stated that on different occasions, he had expressed himself as fearing that he would meet his death by drowning. No tidings have yet been received of the finding of any of the crew.

Capt. Ferris visited the wreck on Tuesday and found the craft so badly broken up and the cargo of lumber so nearly gone, that he concluded it would not pay to tow the vessel into Oswego and she is still drifting about at the mercy of the wind and waves - a menace to navigators. The Ocean Wave was an old hulk, valued at less than $1000. She was built at Picton twenty two years ago and was only of 100 tons burden. In the fall of 1886 she went ashore under the fort bank, Oswego. She was taken off and partially rebuilt.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1890