The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1890

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This morning a reporter had a conversation with Capt. McLeod, representing the insurance underwriters, Buffalo, carrying the risk on the schr. Polly M. Rogers, and Thomas Dobbin, here on behalf of Hall & Co., owners of the boat. Capt. McLeod said that he and Mr. Dobbin viewed the wreck yesterday. They sailed up the lake on the steamer Chieftain and were accompanied by the captain of the Rogers, Mr. LaFlamme. The boat was found resting level on a rocky beach exposed to the weather. There was no shelter near. If there had been she might not have been damaged as much as she is. The hull is very much strained and leaking in many places. The decks were found perfectly dry. The water in her hold had not risen above the cabin floors, and they were also dry. There was plenty to eat on board. Capt. McLeod said it was a ridiculous idea to circulate that the sailors were in great danger. They could have lived on board until the present time and been as safe as if they were in their homes. But they were frightened and anxious to get clear of the ship on the night of the accident.

Capt. LaFlamme went on board of the Rogers yesterday and gathered up the clothes belonging to the sailors. The beds, which were dry, and other articles were transhipped to the Chieftain and brought to the city.

Capt. McLeod says they will try and sell the vessel and cargo to citizens. They came to the city for that purpose. She is lying in a bad position and has admitted a large boulder amidships. Her centre board is shoved out of place. In other words her back is broken.

The sch. B.W. Folger will complete her cargo of lumber tonight and leave for Oswego, where she will load coal for Swift.


The str. Hero will lay up on Saturday next.

The steambarge Isis is unloading bunchwood at the Rathbun Co's dock.

The prop. St. Magnus will arrive tonight about 7 o'clock and lighten about 20,000 bushels of wheat before proceeding to Montreal.

The barge Newcomb, in view of the unreliability of the weather at this season will be left on the beach until spring. She is in no danger.

The tug Walker arrived in Deseronto last night from Oswego with 3 barges, which will be loaded with lumber for Charlotte and Oswego.

Folger Bros. have made another addition to their large fleet of steamers in the fast steamer Jessie Bain, formerly owned in Clayton and well known on the river for her neat appearance and fast time.

The schr. L.S. Hammond is stripped and anchored in winter quarters at Clayton. Saturday the schr. Mary Lyons was laid up for the winter. The captains say there has not been a more favorable fall in several years than the present one.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1890