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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1876

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p.2 A Long Drag - Captain Eccles, of the schr. L.P. Bullock, informs the Palladium that the schr. Westside, of this port, which started from Kingston for Oswego, the other day, was caught by the gale and compelled to let go her anchor off Strawberry Point, near South Bay. The gale increased in violence, and the schooner dragged her anchor until she passed below Pigeon Island, a distance of over fifteen miles, before she halted.

Welland Canal - Notice - about beacon at Port Colborne.

p.3 Hauled Out - the sch. Babineau & Gaudry at Marine Railway.

Damaged Grain - wheat from Port Hope in Wanderer.

-comments on regatta [Belleville Intelligencer]

Currency - The sailors' strike in Chicago was successful, and wages are $1.50 per day.

The Harbor - arrivals.

Oct. 10, 1876

p.2 City Council - Petition and discussion of R. & O. Co., asking for the use of the foot of Clarence St. to lay up a steamer, one of four.

Port Colborne - sch. Cortez damaged in storm.

The Harbor - arrivals.

p.3 Regatta - a Kingston regatta proposed.

Dodging The Marshalls - bark Hemisphere loaded with deals for Quebec, lying below Windsor.

W.W. - match race between yachts Surprise and Peerless for $200 at Belleville.

- the sch. Westside, Capt. Holland, did not drag anchor but "rode out the blow like a duck."

The Gale - prop. Indian broke away and damaged bowsprit of sch. Columbine, sch. Augustus ashore near Bath, sch. Mary Foster damaged stern on Cataraqui Bridge, sch. Mary Muir caught in gale off Long Point, sch. Erie Belle dismasted on Lake Erie, sch. Babineau & Gaudry and barque Robert Gaskin hauled out at Marine Railway, tug Crusader has gone to help sch. Orient near Sacketts Harbor.

Oct. 11, 1876

p.2 Marine - sch. Marie Annie damaged in gale, sch. E.W. Rathburn (sic Rathbun ?) struck reef at Southampton, Lake Huron.

- Orient pounding, need one of Calvin & Breck's wrecking steamers. [Palladium]

- sch. Harvest Queen, of Erie, Pa., ashore at Peacock Pt.

- T.C. Street, Capt. Phipps of Port Dover, the Cambria and Blake and two other lake vessels arrived at Scotland.

The Babineau & Gaudry Case - outfit taken from Clayton to Kingston and restored to vessel, Capt. Patterson still in jail. [Oswego Palladium]

p.3 W.W. - sch. yacht Oriole arrived from Toronto.

- sch. Hercules passed Welland Canal for Kingston with corn.

Oct. 12, 1876

p.3 The Harbor - sch. Clara White ran into by Manzanilla while at anchor at South Bay.

- sch. Marie Annie lost foremast and both topmasts in gale, on Marine Railway.

-The schr. Falkiner (sic - Falconer ) had an exceedingly fortunate passage from Oswego to Toronto. She left Oswego on Thursday, and encountered the gales which followed, but she hung out, weathered them all until Sunday, when she had to make for Whitby in consequence of some of her sails being split. She remained in Whitby until Tuesday, when she sailed for Toronto, arriving at the latter place on that night, ahead of the vessels which left Oswego on Monday before her and bound for the same destination. She was loaded with coal.

Oct. 13, 1876

p.2 Sword Fish - Mr. J.D. Thompson, representing here the forwarding firm of Jones & Miller, had specimen "said to be the cause of a great annoyance to boatmen, inasmuch as they pick out the oakum, and make the craft leak, so that they require recaulking..."

Drowned - wife of Captain of steambarge Portsmouth fell overboard below Cataraqui Bridge.

p.3 Yachting - R.C.Y.C. schooner Oriole made trip to Kingston and back in three days sixteen hours.

Regatta - with Belleville boats not likely to happen.

W.W. - sch. Lady Dufferin fouled with sch. Speedwell at Kingston, Speedwell broke bowsprit and bobstays.

- sailor hurt on sch. Agnes Hope.



Captains of vessels, which have arrived in the harbor, report the loss of a vessel, which is believed to be the schooner Maggie Hunter, which left Oswego with a cargo of coal for Toronto on Monday evening. Other crafts which cleared from Oswego on the same night ran back to procure protection from the gale, but the Maggie Hunter has not been heard from since; and a day or two after she left portions of a cabin and cabin furniture floated into Coe's Landing and vicinity. If the Maggie Hunter has gone down the loss will be heavy, she being but lately rebuilt at Mill Point. She was owned by Mr. Hunter, of Toronto. It was at first believed that the parts of the wreck were those of the steam barge Ellswood, but it has since been learned that the Ellswood passed down the river safely on Tuesday evening. Monday's gale was a serious one, and each day brings forth evidence of the disaster it brought about. Of course if the Maggie Hunter went down all hands must be lost.

The Oswego Palladium says: There can no longer be a doubt that there has been a shipwreck on Lake Ontario below this port and that a large schooner has gone to the bottom, doubtless carrying with her the crew. Portions of the wreck were found at Coe's Landing, six miles below this port. This morning Dr. E.A. Matton drove to the place where the wreck was discovered to satisfy himself, whether it belonged to the steam barge Elsworth or not - idle rumor having been busy during the night associating the wreck with the steam barge. About noon Dr. Matton returned to town, bringing a panel from the ill-fated vessel. The panel is grained in imitation of white oak, the frame painted dark brown, and is from the inside of a vessel's cabin. The wood is new and dry and the paint is fresh. The piece may be seen at this office. Dr. Matton says that he saw on the beach near Coe's Landing, sections of cabin doors and side panelling, six whole doors with hinges that project three inches, piece of cabin scuttle, canvas covering of the cabin deck, window sash - oval top, two pails, a piece of washstand, two large capstan bars, a section of one of the hatches marked "A VII." It is evident that there has been a wreck, and that the schooner was a large one, grain laden. The mark on the hatch shows that the vessel must have had four hatchways. We do not know of any large vessel overdue here. The panel will be kept here for identification and sailors are invited to inspect it.

Oct. 14, 1876

p.2 Storm On Lake Erie - Private dispatches says the damage to the up coal fleet, which was driven back to Buffalo, was even more severe than at first reported. Hardly a vessel escaped without some injury either in sails or rigging, and several were leaking, and were compelled to go into dry dock. The despatches say the weather was the most terrific ever encountered on Lake Ontario, and that there are doubtless disasters that have not yet been reported.


The following from Oswego repeats the report to which we gave publicity yesterday, regarding the probable loss of the schooner Maggie Hunter:

Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 13th - The schr. Maggie Hunter, of Toronto, which left this port on Monday night for Toronto with coal is supposed to be lost with all hands on board. Fragments of a cabin supposed to belong to the schr. Hunter have been found six miles below this port.

The Palladium says: Captain Jackman, of the schr. J.G. Worts, and Captain Lennon, of the schr. Julia, say that there is no doubt but that the pieces belonged to the schr. Maggie Hunter. Both captains recognize the oval sash and blinds. The Hunter left Oswego on Monday afternoon with 272 tons of coal for Toronto. She was very deep in the water - in fact overloaded. She had old canvass, and when the gale struck her at night she doubtless became disabled and was driven before the gale until the seas washed her cabin off, when she filled with water and went to the bottom with her crew. She was rebuilt last winter at Mill Point from the old schr. J.S. Clark, of Port Dalhousie, and was owned by Mr. Samuel Hunter of Toronto. We learn that she was not insured. Captain Frank Nixon commanded the Hunter. He leaves a wife and several children at Toronto. A man named Sharp was mate of the schooner, but the names of the four seamen and cook we cannot learn. The unfortunate craft, which was a coffin for at least seven men, must have foundered about midnight. This morning Harbor Master Fitzgeralds and Alderman Stone drove down to the scene of the wreck and brought back a door, a scuttle, two blinds, a window sash, a portion of the after part of a cabin, with the binnacle and three pieces of cross trees. On the cross tree pieces is written in lead pencil: James Duggan, Wm. Hunter, Master James Thompson, Canada West, Picton, Ontario. A wheel box cover was found on the beach yesterday with the letters S.H. cut in it.


The following have arrived during the past two days:

Prop. Lake Erie, Detroit, lightened 3,885 bush wheat, Holcomb & Stewart.

Prop. Prussia, Detroit, lightened 4,089 bush wheat at Macphie's.

Schr. Bolivia, Chicago, 18,600 bush wheat, M.T. Co.

Schr. E. Hall, Oswego, 193 tons coal; schr. Morning Star, Oswego, 104 tons do., J. Swift.

Bark Mary Jane, Bay City, 187 pieces pine, Collinsby Rafting Co.

Bark A. Craig, Bay City, 359 pipes, 1,138 W. Indies, 167 pcs oak, 13 pcs pine, and 1 piece ash, Collinsby Rafting Company.

Drowned - sailor from Kingston off sch. Erie Belle off Rond Eau Point.

p.3 The Drowning Case - John McGowan from sch. Erie Belle.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1876