The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1871

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Great Losses In the Past Season

The vessel property of the Northern Lakes which has passed out of existence during the season just closing foots up the large aggregate of 23,882 tons. This, at the low estimate of $60 per ton, shows a decrease of solid wealth amounting to nearly $1,500,000. Placing the 66 lost sail vessels in tow of the 13 lost steamers which would be a fraction over five vessels in each tow - the whole would form a procession nearly six miles in length. Such a host sailing on to destruction in the course of one short season is appalling. It is quite probable, since a number of boats, both sail and steam, are on the lakes, that other disasters will occur before navigation is finally ended. The following is a list of the lost:

Steamers - Victoria, Iroquois. Total 495 tons.

Propellers - Dean Richmond, R.G. Coburn, Free State, Navarino, Anna Horton, Evergreen City, Alex. Watson, J. Barber. Total 14,444 tons.

Tugs - Dispatch, Eclipse, Sam. Lewis, Gen. Lyons. Total 591 tons.

Barks - P.C. Sherman, Maitland, Maj. Anderson, Glenbeulah, Valetta. Total 2,540 tons.

Brigs - Lowell, Saxon, C.J. Hutchinson, G.M. Abell. Total 1,113 tons.

Schooners - Miranda, Union, Clyde, Dan Tindell, Transport, C.H. Hurd, Montezuma, Groton, H.S. Fairchilds, Gem, Fontanelle, C. Nilson, Alnwick, Victoria, W.S. Lyons, R.P. Mason, Seneca Chief, Levant, J.S. Miner, Excelsior, John Burk, G.J. Whitney, Plover, Lucy Anchard, Cascadon, C.W. Fiske, Eliza Logan, Eclipse, H.E. Muzzey, American Eagle, Geo. D. Hunter, M. Courtwright, Juliette, Resolute, Geo. Foote, W.I. Preston, C.M. Portch, Twilight, Eli Bates, Jessie Anderson, C.B. Allen, Rio Grande, Pearl, M. Duke, Thos. Kingsford, Stranger, Pioneer, Castalia, M. Burgoyne, Advance, Skylark, J.S. Newhouse, Winfield Scott, Maggie, Rosa Stearns, New Lisbon, North Star. Total, 14,730 tons.

The above are only the total losses; the number of disasters inclusive and exclusive of these, during the season was 1,167. Of this number 225 were caused by collisions, 280 vessels went ashore, 31 were burned, 29 capsized, 18 foundered, 132 sprung a leak, 65 waterlogged, 60 were dismasted, 110 lost deckloads and 10 exploded their boilers. There were other disasters of a minor character.

-Card of Thanks - from Calvin & Breck thanking people for help at late fire.

-Imports - 9,11.

p.3 sch. Irene loading barley for Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1871