The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 30, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - Glassford, Jones & Co's wharf - The sch Flying Scud, from Cobourg, with 4,000 bush wheat, and the bark Waterwitch, from Chicago, with 14,000 bush wheat, arrived yesterday. The str. City of Hamilton, with barges Consolation and Mary, with 21,500 bush wheat for Montreal, left last night, and the str William will leave tonight with the barges T.C. Lee, Teviot and Cato, with 32,700 bush, for the same destination. The Cambria and White Oak are loading iron ore for Cleveland.

Garden Island - The sch Laura Calvin, from Toledo, with timber, and the bark Gibraltar, with timber from Saginaw, arrived yesterday.

Swift & Co's wharf - The prop Dominion passed up, and the prop America down yesterday. The str Osprey passed up this morning. The sch Pearl is loading hoofs, horns and bones for New York via Oswego.

The M.T. Company's wharf - The Hannah Butler, from Port Hope, with 6,500 bush wheat, arrived this morning. The barges Energy and Enterprise, for Montreal, with 23,000 bush wheat, left last night for Montreal in charge of the tugline.

Divers, with dresses and appurtenances, from Garden Island, under the superintendence of Mr. John Donelley (sic - Donnelly), arrived this morning to work on the elevator Orb, partially submerged at Carruthers' wharf, with a view to patching her sufficiently to allow of her being pumped out, and taken to the shipyard for repairs.

The sch Peerless, hence to Cleveland, with iron ore, arrived back this morning in a leaky condition. It was expected that she would be obliged to discharge her cargo, and go on to the marine railway for repairs, but Mr. Power, proprietor of the shipyard, after making a careful inspection, was fortunate enough to discover the leak, which he succeeded in stopping without putting the vessel to the necessity of hauling out.

The str City of Ottawa hauled on the marine railway yesterday for a general overhaul. She will be off again this evening.

A survey was held here yesterday upon the sch Lafayette Cook, damaged on the Charity Shoals, which resulted in an opinion that repairs upon her would be required to the amount of $1,200 to $1,500. She is insured in the British and Aetna companies.

Disasters On the Lakes - The supervising inspector of navigation for the eighth district, which comprises the great lakes on the northern boundary of the United States, has just made public his report of disasters during the year 1868. Of these disasters the most serious were the following: On April 9th, 1868, the steamer Sea Bird was burned off Waukegan, Ill., on the west shore of Lake Michigan, and out of seventy or seventy-five passengers only two escaped. The inspector reports that the great loss of life in this accident was caused by not stopping the engine at the first alarm, and recommends the adoption of a rule making it imperative upon the engineer of every steamer, in all cases of alarm of fire, to stop the engine, and not to proceed except by the direct command of the captain. On the night of June 28th, a collision occurred near Cleveland, on Lake Erie, between the passenger steamer Morning Star and the bark Courtland, by which both vessels were sunk, and about 50 out of 75 persons perished. This accident was caused by negligence in displaying signal lights. On August 8th a collision occurred off Pointe aux Barques, Lake Huron, by which one life was lost, and on Sept. 7th, the propeller Hippocampus foundered on Lake Michigan, with a loss of nine passengers and seventeen of the crew. On Oct. 9th, the steamer Milwaukee, with 70 passengers aboard, was totally wrecked by striking on a sand bar at the entrance of the harbour of Grand Haven, Mich.; no lives were lost. The statistics of the passenger travel and the disasters during 1868 are as follows: Passengers carried 900,000; lives lost from fire, 73; from collision, 51; from wreck, 26; from explosion, 1; making a total of 151. The accidents were 19 in number, as follows: Collisions, 8; fire, 6; striking on sandbars or rocks, 3; foundering, 2. Of the fires, five were of vessels burned at night, while lying at the dock.

The Detroit Tribune of Friday last says the barque Nucleus had her mainmast broken off thirty feet above the deck, and her mizzentopmast and a considerable portion of her canvas and rigging carried away. She was obliged to jettison a portion of her iron ore in order to keep from foundering. The disaster to this vessel, it will be remembered, happened on Saginaw Bay during the gale of Sunday night last.

The sch Lucy J. Latham, while in tow of a tug in the Chicago river on Saturday evening, had her anchor crushed through her starboard bow. That she had sustained serious injury was not known until she had got outside, when she listed over badly. Then it was discovered she was half full of water and rapidly sinking. The tug had not yet let go fortunately, and she was towed back into the harbour. Bedding and everything available was then brought into requisition, and the leak was stopped sufficiently to keep her from going down. The escape from perhaps fatal disaster was very narrow.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 30, 1869