The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1890

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The Damages To Craft Floating On The Water.

[Toronto Globe]

There are not many severe casualties to record. The saddest one was the loss of the schr. Ocean Wave, which capsized in Lake Ontario, all hands being lost. Besides this the prop. Bruno and schr. Louise were cast upon the rocks near Manitoulin Island and became total wrecks, the crews escaping with difficulty after much hardship. The prop. Alma Munro ran upon a shoal between Four Mile and Nine Mile Point, on Lake Ontario, while making her first trip for this season from Kingston to Chicago, losing her rudder and shoe; the schr. Montgomery grounded near Grindstone Island, but was released with little damage done; the great car ferry str. Armstrong which sank in the St. Lawrence river last year, was successfully raised; the prop. Algonquin broke her machinery and had to be towed into Kingston; the schr. Delaware stranded on the flats in Lake George, sustaining considerable damage; the str. Tuttle struck the Union dock at Sault Ste. Marie and was damaged $200 worth; the prop. Sitka grounded near the Sault in April and was released after lightening; the schr. Homer ran aground on the Western Islands in Georgian Bay and damaged 8,000 bushels of corn; the str. Dominion ran into the stone abutment at lock no. 7, new Welland canal, and stove a large hole in her bow; the prop. Fay and the schr. Martin went aground in the mouth of the Kamihistiquin river and were with difficulty released; the str. Egyptian stranded on the middle ground shoal in Waskal Bay and injured her hull considerably; the schr. Ariel, owned by Capt. Findlay McPherson, of Southampton, was driven ashore on Baptist Island, near Cape Hurd, and became a total wreck, uninsured; the steambarge Kincardine grounded in Byng Inlet and had her hull damaged by her consort, the Marquis, running into her; the str. Alexandria ran onto the shoal at Jackstraw Lighthouse, three miles from Gananoque, and sustained slight damage; the prop. Onoke grounded on Topsail Island, in the Sault, and was got off with much trouble; the str. Ralph and her consort stranded at the lower end of St. Joseph's Island, and were with difficulty saved; the schr. Jessie Breck was capsized off Nine Mile Point, in Lake Ontario, and the crew of eight were drowned, the vessel suffering $3,000 worth of damage; the schrs. Stephenson and Sumatra grounded in the Lower Nesbish, Sault Ste. Marie, but were set free with little hurt; the steambarge Joseph L. Hurd had her machinery broken down on the Georgian Bay and was driven into Lake Huron, sustaining considerable damage; the schr. Lone Star foundered in Yorke's slip here, and was raised and repaired at an expense of about $400; the str. Philip Minch ran ashore at Presque Isle; the schr. Grantham ran on to the foot of Fighting Island, near Amherstburg, and sustained some damage; the schrs. Keweenaw and Bissell grounded on the Lake George flats; the steambarge Isaac May caught fire and was burned near Buffalo to the extent of $15,000 of damage, being towed to Buffalo by the Saranac and repaired; the prop. Cuba grounded on Gray's Reef, above Port Huron, losing her forefoot, 30 feet of her keel and having her bottom badly broken up; the four masted steamer Ohio (Obin ?) collided with the str. Siberia in the Sault river and sank, the crew being saved; the steambarge Charles E. Ryan, loaded with ice, sprang a leak on Lake Huron, near Point aux Barques, and sank, the mate, Patrick Slattery of Buffalo, being drowned, but the others of the crew escaping in the ship's yawl; the steamer City of Midland went aground off North Limestone Island near Parry Sound, and was damaged somewhat before being released; the schr. Undine foundered in 25 feet of water off Charlotte, and was a total uninsured loss, the crew being saved; the steambarges Resolute and Reliance collided on Lake Ontario, but were got into Deseronto harbor in time to save them; the schr. Ariel was driven on a shoal at the northeast end of Whitecloud Island, sustaining severe damage; the schr. Goldhunter was cast ashore at Round Island, in the Georgian Bay, and was finally wrecked; the schr. George Clinton was completely wrecked on the rocks north of Kincardine, and her sailors got off safely; the schr. Erie Belle was caught in a squall on Lake Ontario and had the fore and main topmasts, topsail and main gaff carried away, being compelled to put into Toronto harbor for shelter, and the schr. Mary Ann Lydon, which was cast away near Oswego while laden with coal, became a total wreck, the crew escaping with their bare lives; the schr. P.M. Rogers was wrecked on Pigeon Island and is a total loss.


The schr. Ella Murton has gone into winter quarters beside the Julia at Folger's wharf.

The name of the schr. Pensaukee has been changed to James G. Blaine. The schooner is 23 years old.

The schr. Singapore arrived this morning from Oswego after delivering a cargo of barley, shipped by F.F. Cole.

The tug Bronson, after being extensively repaired at the M.T. Co.'s premises, was launched today. The Glengarry will be rebuilt in the same yard this winter.

The Maud encountered ice in the Bateau Channel, yesterday afternoon, stretching from shore to shore, and about half a mile in length. She had considerable difficulty in getting through it.

As soon as a course can be cut through the ice in Cataraqui Bay the str. Hero will be placed in the Davis dry-dock for repairs. After these are done she will be released and the Norseman will take her place. She will remain in the dock all winter.

Davis and Son have got a contract to build a steamyacht for S. Daniels, Ottawa, for service in the Ottawa River. The boat will be 50 feet long with a 9 foot beam. The cabin will be furnished in mahogany and contain plate glass windows. There will be circular fronts to the pilot house. The yacht will be the finest that has ever been built here and will be propelled by a compound engine.

Milles Case, Buffalo, has received notice that his long contested suit against Capt. Frank Perew has been decided in his favour. The case grew out of the smashing of the canal boat Victor by Capt. Perew's steamer John B. Lyon, on Oct. 2, 1881. Mr. Case sued for $800 and was at first given a verdict of $500. Through the various stages of the litigation the amount of this verdict has been increased till the plaintiff now gets $1,300.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1890