The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1874

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The str. Chieftain left this morning for the Ducks, as a relief to the schr. Star. The tug Franklin, Capt. Allan, followed her this afternoon. Not a word has been heard from the wreck or the crew, and the fear is increased that the latter are all lost. The schr. Watertown is lying safely in Mill Bay, and the Babineau & Gaudry on Amherst Island shore.

The Crew Safe - The Lady Franklin has just (4 p.m.) returned. On her way up she met the Chieftain coming down with the Star's crew on board, who were greeted heartily. The Lady brought them here, and the Chieftain returned to the wreck, which was in eight feet of water, sunk but in good shape to be taken off in fair condition. After the Star struck the seas forced the crew from their refuge in the cabin to the forecastle, which soon filled, however. They then had to make a shelter from the sea and cold with sails, and were in peril till an American vessel's crew saw the flag of distress and went to their rescue, anchoring with them under the Main Ducks, intending to take them to Oswego on her trip. They were very kindly cared for, and but for this care the sick and disabled captain of the Star would have died in such distress were to all.(sic)

p.3 Business - 6 schooners arrived at Prescott with wheat.

A Large Fleet - 14 steamers and props. listed as being laid up at Hamilton, plus sailing vessels.

A Good Record - prop. Scotia, J.W. Scott master, made 11 round trips from Montreal to Chicago.

Imports - 1,2.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1874