The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Friday, Sept. 1, 1893

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Capt. Thompson Tells About The Singapore's Loss

Capt. Thompson, of the schr. Singapore, arrived from Oswego, yesterday afternoon, on the prop. Alcona. The captain had a rough time of it Tuesday morning, but if he could only have sailed his vessel when the time came the Singapore would not now be on the beach at Forest Lawn, a summer resort, six miles below Rochester. After beating about all night the captain found himself not over three-quarters of a mile from shore when daylight dawned again. The wind was high and although in an average gale it was quite possible to bring the schooner out again, still in the hurricane that blew Capt. Thompson lost all control of his boat, as far as making a desired point was concerned, and was obliged to wait until his vessel was dashed on the shore. Every stitch of canvas the boat could carry was rigged, but to no purpose. High and dry she must go no matter the consequence. This did not occur, however, until after the anchor chains had been broken. The minute the captain saw that he could not make out to sea again he let go both anchors in the hope that the course of the schooner would be checked. The large chains might as well have been small wires. Both chains snapped in two and the Singapore was left at the mercy of the waves. As soon as the chains broke the vessel turned round sideways and was tossed up on the beach. Capt. Thompson does not think the vessel is greatly damaged. He is here to secure the services of a tug to go over and pull her off. If he cannot agree satisfactorily for this he will get apparatus and go over and free her himself. She can be jacked off. The captain was at no time afraid that the storm would turn out any more seriously to his boat. The Singapore is on a good bottom but a bad one to get off. He could not say how long it would take to release the boat. Capt. Thompson purchased the Singapore from A. Gunn & Co., only last fall for $2,700. The vessel is a staunch one and the captain got a good bargain. He put about $500 repairs on her, in new sails and rigging and after the present mishap will have to be prepared to stand the blunt for a few hundred more. Capt. Thompson lives in Toronto and up till last week had his wife and family on board the boat. The schr. Bullock is ashore six miles on the west side of Charlotte. The schr. Wheeler foundered just a mile out from where the Singapore went ashore.

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Richard Palmer
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Friday, Sept. 1, 1893