The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wednesday Nov. 24, 1880

Full Text
The schooner Fitzhugh Reaches Buffalo disabled -- Six inches of ice on the Welland -- The vessels at Kingston.

Buffalo Nov. 23. The Schooner Fitzhugh of Oswego reached this port last night in a disabled condition, in tow of a tug. The Fitzhugh was bound from Oswego, for Detroit with coal, and had proceeded as far as Port Bruce when the gale of Saturday struck her. Unable to make headway against the storm she put about and headed for Long Point. As she was coming about a heavy sea struck her, disabling her steering gear.

The Schr. Mystic Star arrived at Port Dalhousie today. Captain P. Griffin telegraphs "Welland canal frozen, ice 6 inches thick, prospects poor for getting through.."

Port Colborne Nov. 22. The schr. Samana, Capt. A. Robertson, arrived this morning all iced up and her windlass broken. She is from Buffalo for Toledo, and has been eight days on Lake Erie. The captain says he never experienced such rough weather. He reports passing the three masted schooner Ida Keith off Grand River, dismasted, and another three masted schooner, topsail rigged and painted white, below Long Point on the Canada shore, flying a signal of distress.

Port Huron Nov. 22, The schooner Gallatin experienced a heavy passage. The ice extends thirty feet up her spars. It is ten inches deep on her decks. The schooner John T. Mott is in the same condition.

Kingston Nov. 22.- A fleet left Oswego on Friday night, loaded with coal for Toronto, but not one of them reached their destination, all having been compelled to put back to Kingston for shelter. The China had her sails blown away, and was so iced up that the crew were unable to do anything with the rigging. The Caroline Marsh, also was relieved of her sails, and her running gear somewhat damaged. The Mystic Star succeeded in getting within twenty miles of Port Dalhousie, but becoming iced up, could not face the gale so she put about and ran the whole way down the lake with bare poles. The Suffle Undine and Speedwell were all more or less damaged both by the ice and the gale. The fleet arrived yesterday afternoon and appeared like so many icebergs. The schooner Gulnair left Port Dalhousie Saturday afternoon for Collins' Bay but found it impossible to get there on account of the ice, so she came on to Kingston. During the trip down she split her foresail, and her yawl ws smashed into pieces right under the mizzen-boom and portions of it washed on board. This morning the schr. Kate Kelly was observed flying a flag of distress at Nine Mile Point. The tug Franklin towed her down this afternoon. The captain of the steam barge Carlisle, from Mill Point, reports a small schooner ashore near the Brothers, and ice formed upon her rigging an masts as high as the cross-trees.

Mr. E. Mitchell to-day received the following special from Capt. Vincent at Port Huron: "Propeller just arrived; reports some of my company in straits think Penolee there; propellers ironing to break the lake St. Clair will follow them if possible; last report heard of lake Erie, is solid; don't think can get through unless weather softens.

The Schr. John Magee frozen in at Port Robinson, Welland canal will lay up unless she can get through soon. Tugs have stopped breaking ice there.

A postal date Erie, Nov. 22, from Captain Ripson of the Willie Kellar say the harbour is frozen over solid, and it is doubtful whether it will open again this season. He will wait a few days to get out before laying it.

The schooner Hoboken is in Buffalo. The schooner W. I. Preston is at Pigeon Bay. She is ordered to lay up if she can. A tug wanted. $1,200 to tow the Preston out, but could not get near her.

Buffalo, 23. The schooner Oades was floating about in the high water of Saturday night and Sunday. She finally lodged about eight feet further north. At dark last evening the Schooner Montmorency, with grain arrived here all right.

The Geo. B. Sloan went at anchor at Mackinaw City Friday night.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Wednesday Nov. 24, 1880
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Richard Palmer
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wednesday Nov. 24, 1880