The schooners IDA WALKER and QUEEN OF THE LAKES are ashore near the mouth of Weller's Bay, the life boat from Wellington took the crews off. Both vessels will be a total loss.
November 22, 1886
Schooner IDA WALKER -Wednesday of last week the Schooners HANNAH BUTLER and IDA WALKER were sailing down the lake in company. The wind increased to such violence that the captains resolved to put into Presqu' Isle Bay for safety and shelter. The BUTLER made the passage in safety and anchored, but the WALKER was less fortunate. She ran aground on the "Middle Ground" and was lost. The boat, commanded by Captain Savage of Wellington was loaded with 13,000 bushels of barley for Oswego. Captain O'Hagen of the BUTLER with his crew went to aid the WALKER and succeeded in lightening her to the extent of 400 bushels of grain, when she floated. The wind was blowing great guns from the North West and the boat drifted, dragging her anchor until she struck shallow water off Stony Point, and ran hard aground, with both her own crew and the crew of the BUTLER on board.
The yawl was launched to take the men ashore, but it had not touched the water than it was swamped by the heavy sea and smashed to pieces. The men 11 in number, were then at the mercy of the elements. This happened on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. From Thursday until Friday afternoon the men stood on the cabin and clung to the rigging while the waves broke over the disabled vessel. The cabin was filled with water, and they were without nourishment or shelter. On friday between 1 and 2 o'clock P.M.. They were rescued and cared for by the Wellington Life Saving Crew. It is reported that the WALKER parted amidships on Friday about noon.
The other wreck, the QUEEN OF THE LAKES, with 400 tons of coal,and a crew of 6 men and a woman cook, ran on Stony Point on Thursday, whilst attempting to make the harbor. Her crew was saved and she went to pieces.
Thurs. Nov. 25, 1886
A special from Kingston says that the schr. QUEEN OF THE LAKES, which went ashore last fall near Brighton, has been released by the wrecking tug McARTHUR and towed there. She is in bad condition and it requires the full capacity of 2 steam pumps to keep her afloat. She is laden with coal.
Buffalo Daily Courier
May 16, 1887 1-10
The Schooner QUEEN OF THE LAKES, which went ashore last fall, near Brighton, has been released by the wrecking tug McARTHUR, and towed to Kingston. She is reported to be in bad condition, the full force of two steam pumps being required to keep her afloat.
The Marine Record
May 19, 1887 p.1
Schooner QUEEN OF THE LAKES. Official Canada No. 77626. Of 190 tons Reg. Built Portsmouth, Ont., 1853. Home port, Kingston, Ont. 128.0 x 23.3 x 10.3 Owned by Geo, A. Richardson, Kingston. Ont.
List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1905