The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1876

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p.3 The Storm On the Bay of Quinte - There was a heavy gale blowing on the Bay yesterday. The Rochester had a lively time passing the Gap. The water actually dashed over the wheelhouse and she was nearly three hours reaching Bath, and when Picton was gained the Captain deemed it prudent to remain there and not to proceed to Belleville. The steamer Shannon, from Belleville to Picton, experienced the full force of the gale. She was over half an hour trying to get out from the wharf, but as the wind was blowing heavily from the west on to the land it was almost impossible to do so. On the passage the waves frequently swept the decks, but she proved herself an admirable sea boat and arrived at Picton very little behind her usual time.

Marine Notes

The harbour is very quiet, and there are no arrivals to report. The gale of yesterday has completely subsided, and the harbour today is perfectly calm.

The arrivals at Swift's are the Simon Davis and D.C. West from the Canal, and the California from Montreal. The Rochester had to put in here on account of the gale yesterday.

A new yacht built by Mr. Cunningham was launched this morning.

Cobourg, Ont., Oct. 16th - A terrible storm has been raging here yesterday and today. It was rumoured today that a schooner was wrecked about six miles east of this place. On parties visiting the scene it was found that the schooner British Queen was riding at anchor completely disabled. She had lost her jibs, foresail, mainsail and yawl. The crew, consisting of three men and her captain, were unable to get ashore owing to the heavy swell. At latest accounts tonight the vessel was still in the same place.

Heroic Rescue of a Shipwrecked Crew on Lake Huron - The steam barge New York left Cove Island, Georgian Bay, on Friday last, with the schooner Butcher Boy and the barges Nellie McGilvray and R.J. Carney in tow. Land was sighted at Point aux Barques Saturday forenoon. The sea was running mountains high when the Butcher Boy's tow line parted and separated her from the steam barge. Shortly after the New York commenced leaking, and every effort was made to get her into shoal water. Meanwhile the water was gaining fast and drowned out the fires. The propeller was then at the mercy of the waves, twelve miles from land, between Port Hope and Sandbeach. A signal of distress was hoisted, which was not seen by a propeller and two large schooners which passed her. At half-past eleven, the crew, sixteen in number, including one woman, embarked in the yawl boat, Captain Micheal Galvin being the last to get into the boat. Twenty minutes afterward the propeller went down.

For five hours and a half the crew were at the mercy of the sea, which from all reports was the heaviest of the season. The boat was drifting helplessly into the lake, the wind being north north-west. The weather was cold with frequent squalls and snow. The waves dashed over the open boat which had a foot of water in her all the time. The crew were all benumbed and could not have survived another five hours, when the little schooner Nemesis hove in sight. She was commanded by Captain Spence, of Southampton, who with three others comprised her crew. The Nemesis was wore around twelve times at imminent peril to herself, and succeeded in taking the crew of the New York on board with exception of William Sparks, a fireman, of Buffalo, who in climbing aboard fell between the boat and the vessel, and was drowned.

The Nemesis' crew are entitled to the credit of one of the bravest actions on record. The little vessel lost nearly her entire deck load of tan bark while wearing around. Every comfort that their limited accommodations afforded was at the disposal of the shipwrecked crew who arrived here at midnight. The schooner Butcher Boy with the barges McGilvray and Carney in tow, both of which were water logged, arrived here about the same time. The barges have been pumped out and will tow to Buffalo. Captain Galvin deserves special commendation for saving the lives of the crew in the yawl boat by careful management. [Mail]

Schooner Orient Sunk - The tugs Crusader and C.P. Morey succeeded yesterday p.m. in releasing the schooner Orient, which went ashore some days since above Dexter. At 6 p.m. last evening the tugs started for this port with the vessel in tow. After having been out about two hours, the pumps became choked, and the vessel commenced to fill rapidly. The tugs put about with the vessel, but when they arrived about two miles off Stoney Point, she sank, stern down, and careered over on her starboard side. Her port quarters, mainmast head, maintopmast yard and part of the foretopmast are out of water. The vessel, we believe, is not insured. The Crusader arrived here at 1 p.m. today. [Oswego Times]

Crew of the Ill-Fated Maggie Hunter - We have ascertained that Thomas Martin, Wm. Martin and John Newman, all of Belleville, were part of the crew of the ill-fated schooner Maggie Hunter, which went down with all on board in the gale on Monday night. [Oswego Times]

Toronto, Oct. 17th - No news has yet been received of the schooner Wood Duck, and fears regarding her safety are gaining ground. The schooner British Queen, reported at Cobourg disabled, is lying at anchor in the harbour here and has been since Saturday. Other vessels reported overdue are arriving, and no fears are entertained for the safety of any other boat than the Wood Duck. Captains report terribly rough sailing. Scarcely a vessel puts in that has not suffered in some way by the storms of last week.

The str. Picton left Toronto yesterday morning at ten o'clock for Picton but meeting the full force of the gale was obliged to run into Cobourg for shelter. She arrived at Picton today and will have an excursion down to the Thousand Islands tomorrow.

Yesterday's Gale - The gale which commenced on Sunday night blew without ceasing until a late hour last night. We have not heard of any damage done in Kingston harbour or around the city.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1876