LOST ON THE LAKES
THE FIRST LAKE DISASTER OF THE SEASON
BURNING OF THE GREAT NORTHERN COMPANY'SSTEAMER MANITOULIN
A Collingwood despatch dated the 19th inst. says ; - " The steamer Owen Sound, which arrived this morning reports having picked up the mate of the steamer Manitoulin, of the Great Northern Transportation Company, in a sailboat bound for Killarney, about six miles from the port. He states that about 11 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, 18th inst. while off Shoal Point, about four miles from Manitowaning, the Manitoulin took fire, and was completely destroyed. While trying to lower one of the boats so many crowded into her that the davits broke under the pressure, capsizing the boat, and throwing the people into the water, whereby Mr. Robert Henry, of Mudge Bay, and a little girl, name as yet unknown were drowned. The mate Mr. Johnston leaves for the burned vessel immediately on the arrival of Mr. A. Clark's tug, which was momentarily expected at Killarney.
No additional intelligence has been received respecting the terrible disaster to the fine steamer Manitoulin, of the Great Northern Transportation Co. burned yesterday at Manitowaning bay, with the exception that the fire was supposed to have originated from the explosion of a lamp in the engine-room. The Steamer Northern Belle immediately on her arrival from Algoma Mills this morning was despatched to the scene of the disaster, and until her return, which will probably be late to-morrow, nothing of a definite character as to the conditions of the steamer can be learned. It is, however, evident from the reports brought down by the steamer Owen Sound that the passengers and crew with the exception of two, escaped to shore in safety. The Manitoulin was a comparatively new steamer, built at Owen Sound in the spring of 1880, and was just entered on her third year's trade. She was valued at $35, 000.
A late despatch shows that the disaster was much greater then at first anticipated. It is now thought that from 20 to 50 persons have lost their lives. The names of those whose bodies have been recovered so far are - Robert Henry, Thos. Hanbury and wife, Geo. White, Collingwood; Jas. Lewis, Algoma Mills; J. Little, of Sullivan. Marpole & Co.; John Fitzpatrick, and a little girl, Fanny Proud.