The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1877

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p.2 captain and cook of American vessel aground at Port Rowan were drowned.

Currency - schr. Charles Foster took 60,000 bushels of wheat from Chicago to Buffalo, freight was $3,000.

Toronto - the Hanlan-Ross rowing match discussed.

p.3 The Late Mr. Donnelly

Yesterday the body of the late Robert J. Donnelly, third son of Capt. John Donnelly, of Garden Island, was found, and today it arrived here and was interred in the Wolfe Island burial ground. The accident which brought about the death of the young man will be long and much lamented. He was one of the crew of the schooner Sweden, one of the staunchest of the Garden Island fleet. In the gale of Tuesday last the vessel sprung a leak when off the harbour of Port Stanley, and Capt. Connors decided to run shoreward and come to anchor. He did so, but found that the vessel laboured so much in the heavy weather that to save her it was deemed advisable to beach her. It was while bringing the ship's head to the wind, preparatory to sailing her into the sand bank, that young Mr. Donnelly appeared on deck. The captain spoke to him, and suggested that he should remain in the cabin but he said he was then wet and would rather remain with the men. A moment after, and a huge wave washed over the schooner's deck, carrying young Donnelly with it. Assistance was at once called for, and a line thrown to him in the water. He caught it and was drawn near the vessel, but the water was too rough, and when his rescue was considered almost certain he was carried away, and realized that he must do battle for his life. Then he did what few men can do under similar circumstances, tho' they may be expert swimmers. He raised himself in the water and succeeded in relieving himself of the burden of his overalls and then he struck out heroically for shore. He swam well until he encountered the surf, through which he failed to force a passage, and, wearied and exhausted, he sank and passed from sight. Two days elapsed before his remains were found, and then his friends discovered their location by an arm and a part of the coat, all the rest of the body and clothing being buried in the sand on the beach about three miles and a half from where it disappeared. Across it lay the trunk of a tree which required the united strength of three men to raise. It is to be regretted that the young man, having before him such a promising future, thus met such an unfortunate and untimely end.

Marine - Charters - Stevens & Co., Toledo, report Jane C. Woodruff, corn, to Kingston, 4 1/2 cents, charters. At Chicago: to Kingston - Schooner Antelope, barley, at 8 cents; schooner Two Friends, 20,000 bu of wheat on p.t. At Detroit, wheat to Kingston or Oswego, 5 to 5 1/2 cents; to Montreal, 81/2 cents to 9 cents.

Passed the Welland - Schrs. Oriental, Kingston, Toledo, light; Ayr, Collinsby, Pt. Pelee, do; Kate Kelly, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore; Craftsman, Quebec, Pt. Burwell, light; W.J. Suffel, Detroit, Kingston, wheat; barge Grimsby, Milwaukee, do, do; steambarge Clinton, do, do, do.There are fifty vessels in Port Colborne.

The Schr. Sweden - ashore, owned 1/2 by Capt. John Donnelly, 1/4 by Calvin & Breck, 1/4 by Capt. A.H. Malone, uninsured.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1877