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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Oct 1874

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p.2 Port Colborne, Oct. 24th - Down: scow Beaver, Pt. Colborne, Welland, lumber; schr. Trinidad, Chicago, Oswego, corn; scows Perry White, Ashtabula, Pt. Colborne, coal; Enterprise, Pt. Colborne, Welland, light; schr. Undine, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal and stone.

Up: prop. Africa, Montreal, Detroit, gen. cargo; barque Montmorency, Charlotte, Sandusky, coal; schrs. C.G. Mixer, Oswego, Chicago, r.r. iron; Leslie, Pt. Dalhousie, Dunnville, light; E. Stewart, Toronto, Dover, do.; Guelph, St. Catharines, Amherstburg, do.; G.M. Neelon, do., Bay City, do.; Elgin; prop. Sovereign, Montreal, Chicago, gen. cargo; Ocean, do.; schrs. Nevada, Charlotte, do., coal; O.M. Bond, Republic, Canton, Jenny White.

The Brooklyn Disaster

To the editor of the British Whig;

Sir; I notice that you comment very severely on the conduct of Capt. Harvey Howard of the ill-fated Brooklyn, in your editorial column of Friday last. Had you been in possession of the facts in the case I am sure you would not have spoken so unjustly of a brave man and heroic sailor, as I know Captain Howard to be. He is one of the most capable and careful captains on our inland lakes, having worked his way from the lowest to the highest positions in the gift of the company which employs him. Modest, intelligent, watchful and cautious, he is noted for the zealous manner in which he carries out the orders on his company, ever faithful in the performance of every duty.

The following extract cut from the Free Press of Detroit, giving an account of the deplorable disaster, will prove that Captain Howard deserves your praise for his noble exertions in saving life, rather than censure for "racing" inasmuch as there is not an article of truth in the latter story, that

"The captain, whose name is Harvey Howard, instantly realized what had occurred, and finding himself unhurt he set about saving the lives of others. Matthew Borden, a passenger, was seized by the hair as he was sinking and drawn to the pilot-house, which was out of water, where he sustained himself by holding on with his right hand, his left arm being horribly crushed. The first mate, Del Ryder, was fighting for life among the debris, his left arm broken and crushed, and the captain saved him. The cabin boy, a young lad whose name is not known, as he was making his first voyage, had gone down twice when the captain swam to him, told the boy to get on his back and cling tightly, and the brave man returned to the pilot house and placed the boy high and dry above water."

It appears that the Cuba was astern of the Brooklyn, as the same account states that:-

"The propeller Cuba was coming up after the Brooklyn, but was not more than half a mile astern when the explosion took place. Such of her officers as were looking up the river saw a great mass of boards and splinters fly high in the air, and the concussion of the explosion staggered them. The Cuba put on a full head of steam and reached the wreck within ten minutes, when she lowered all her boats and hurried to save those floating on pieces of the wreck."

From the above it is clear that the boats were not "racing," for had this been the case, the Cuba would have had a full head of steam on, as will be evidently told.

Pardon my anxiety to have Capt. Howard set right in this sad affair, but I feel confident that you will be only too glad to do full justice to this brave and faithful officer.

Oct. 26th, 1874 Very Truly Yours, ____

p.3 The Harbor - James Swift & Co.'s report - steamer Magnet from Montreal; Corsican from Hamilton; prop. Canada from Montreal; America from Toronto; str. Surveyor from Cape Vincent; prop. Persia from Montreal; City of Montreal from Montreal. The schr. Maria Ann is loading rye for Oswego; steamer City of Kingston left for Ottawa.

Customs Imports - Oct. 24th - Schr. Canada, Toledo, 13,377 pipe and 1,041 W.I. staves, Calvin & Breck.

Str. City of Montreal, Detroit, 4,982 pipe staves, Calvin & Breck.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Oct 1874