The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1874

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p.3 Abandoned - The steamers today returned from the wreck of the schooner Star at the Ducks, bringing the vessel's outfit and eighty tons of her iron cargo. She leaks so badly that she has been abandoned for this season, as also has the Babineau & Gaudry, which lies on Amherst Island, high up and safe, and was not taken off, as reported.

A False Charge - The owners of the schooner Star, of Cobourg, have most ungratefully made a charge against the mariners of Kingston of not going to the assistance of their vessel when news of the wreck came to port. The only steamers that could face the seas were those of Messrs. Calvin & Breck of which the Chieftain was alone in service, the towing season having long since closed. The Chieftain was out at another wreck, and on her return she went out to the rescue, many hours too, before any order by telegram or otherwise was received from the owners and on Messrs. Calvin & Breck's own risk.

A Noble Act - When the tug Hiram Calvin got through working at the schooner Watertown, ashore at Reid's Bay, Long Island, she proceeded to relieve the schooner Babineau & Gaudry, of Picton, ashore on Grape Island; but when Capt. Patterson of the B. & G. heard of the perilous position of the schooner Star and her crew, he ordered the tug to proceed immediately to the Ducks and save the unfortunate men, and attend to his vessel afterwards. Such conduct, on the part of Capt. P. deserves the highest praise. [Picton Times]

-Imports - 8,9.

Cape Vincent - Capt. H. Howard, late of str. Brooklyn, is almost recovered; the agent for N.T. Co. says the past season was dull for freights but good for passengers. [Watertown Times]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1874