The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Thur., August 7, 1884

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Capt. Wm. Latriel is succeeded by Capt. Mears in command of the tug Shoo Fly.

The schooner Willie Keeler has been engaged for coal from Cleveland to Detroit at 80 cents.

The schooner Heather Belle, wrecked at Kincardine, Lake Huron, last fall, has been released.

Barges at Bay City are still demanding the increased rates for lumber to Buffalo and Tonawanda.

The steamer Stella, Monday, ran into some obstruction on the Maumee, which started a leak. She went into the dock at once.

George Gott, deputy collector at Amherstburg, has been appointed collector of customs at that port, vice E. Anderson, deceased.

James O'Neill, a member of the seaman's union and a well known navigator, died at the marine hospital, Chicago, last Thursday.

A cook named McGuire, on the schooner Luff, took $250 and a watch belonging to the captain while the schooner was at Cheboygan on Wednesday.

The cargo on board the schooner Lucy A. Clark, sunk last fall in Little Traverse bay, has been recovered and there is the possibility of the vessel being raised.

It is a rather startling anomaly that on Saturday the freight on wheat from Chicago to Buffalo was 1¾ cents, while from Cleveland and Toledo it was 2 cents.

Nearly all the ore chutes that have been used on the docks of St. Ignace have been taken to Marquette, as the ore shipments from St. Ignace have become very small.

During July 181 propellers and 219 schooners cleared from Muskegon. The shipments included 4,377,000 feet of lumber, 3,740 cords of slabs, 6,145,000 lath, and 16,000,000 shingles.

Lumber carriers at Bay City have obtained the advance demanded. Rates are now as follows: East Saginaw to Buffalo, $1 87½; to Ohio, $1 50: Bay City to Buffalo, $1 75; to Ohio, $1 95.

Capt. Merryman, who recently succeeded in raising the sunken schooner Sam Cook, is about to commence work on the sunken schooner Erie Queen, the hull of which he has purchased.

The masquerade on the Flora on the last trip down was a surprise party to Capt. J. R. Jones, but the young people had to be pleased and the gallant captain set about it with right good will.

Harvey Goulder of Cleveland has been retained by the owners of the Osborn in the matter of the collision with the Alberta. The Gawn and Davis, the Osborn's tow, arrived at Cleveland on Friday.

An excursion on the steamer Milton D. Ward will be given Friday morning at 9 o'clock for Oakland, Star Island, and Port Huron. Fare 50 cents for the round trip; children under 12 years 25 cents; children under 6 years, free.

Capt. Putnam of Wilson is building a canal schooner of 7,000 bushels capacity at Buffalo, which he expects to have in commission in about a month. She will be ninety-two feet over all and twenty-two feet beam.

Wreckers are engaged in recovering the machinery of the propeller Canisteo, sunk by a collision with the schooner George Murray, near Waugoschance four years ago. A portion of the machinery has been taken to Muskegon.

Thomas Larson, brother of the captain of the schooner Mocking Bird, was lost from the jib boom of that vessel Saturday night off the Manitou islands. A hard wind was blowing at the time and Larson was attempting to reef the jib.

The steamer Progress, Capt. L. B. Goldsmith, master, recently went from Cleveland to Escanaba and return in less than five days. On the down trip she carried 1,820 tons of ore and towed the steamer S. P. Marsh, laden with 1,000 tons of ore.

The schooner J. H. Davis of Gibraltar, owned and sailed by Capt. Monroe, has been rebuilt at that port at a cost of $2,000. She was put in commission yesterday and will enter at once upon the work of filling a contract for hauling several cargoes of tan bark from Port Huron to Detroit.

The anchors and chains and other outfit of the schooner Lucy J. Clark, which went ashore near Cross Village last November, have been taken to Chicago. The property was recovered for the underwriters, whose companies held policies on the wrecked vessel.

Advices from Toledo say the Capt. Davis of the Secor reports that going to Presque Isle Thursday evening he noticed the water in the river rushing out at the rate of seven miles an hour, and in a few minutes it fell two feet. He says that during his long experience on the river he has never seen anything like it.

D. W. Burroughs, an old sailor residing at Frankfort, Mich., was mate of the schooner G. S. Willis in 1838, when she carried the first cargo of lumber ever landed at Milwaukee. The Willis was sixty tons burden, and was commanded by S. Beckwith, now of Traverse City. She was considered quite a good-sized craft, and was one of the pioneer vessels on Lake Michigan.

Capt. Thomas Wilford and his men speak in highest terms of the kind attention of Capt. Andrew Graves of the steamer Hecla. He not only brought them on safely to the Sault, but every attention possible was paid them while on board ship. Clothing was provided for the children of the captain, who were so hastily taken from their beds, and other comforts brought which they greatly appreciated.

The charges that have been circulated to the effect that Capt. John N. Stewart of the barge Mary Birckhead was guilty of improper proposals to Belle Thomas, formerly cook on the vessel, have been completely denied by affidavits of the woman herself and Capt. Stewart's associates on the barge. The statements of these person show that great injustice has been done to Capt. Stewart by the reports that have been sent out concerning him.

Capt. Burge of the little schooner W. G. Emery reports at Buffalo that a sailor belonging to his vessel is to all appearances lost and he is afraid he is drowned. The man shipped at Detroit under the name on Jerry Glinn, and has not been seen since Saturday night. Inquiry at the station-houses of Buffalo fails to discover him. What makes the captain more inclined to his opinion is that the man had no money and leaves a new suit of clothes and other effects on board which he had just bought out of his wages.

The Bay City Press says that the 21st of June last complaint was made by Capt. Davidson against Capt. Buie of the steam barge George L. Colwell, charging him with breaking through his boom and destroying a span of considerable value besides doing other injury. A warrant was issued for Capt. Buie by Justice Flynn, but before it could be served, the Colwell left the city. Monday, however, the boat returned, when Marshal Lennon served the captain with the document. This case will be of considerable importance to vessel men as the right of channel, booms, etc., will be gone into detail and every inch contested.

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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Thur., August 7, 1884