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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1878

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The Terrible Experience of the Sch. Mary in Storm

The vessel which passed Evanston on Thursday evening during the storm, flying a signal of distress, and for which the captain of the life-saving station at Evanston telegraphed here for a tug to go to her assistance, proves to have been the schooner Mary (white). Capt. E. Stretch, which left Chicago, light, bound for Muskegon. She got the full fury of the gale on Wednesday night, and when between Muskegon and Grand Haven, at about 7 o'clock on the morning of Thursday, she sprang a leak. Compelled by the wind and sea, the captain put about, and ran for this shore again. The crew made every effort at the pumps, but the water gained on them so rapidly toward evening on Thursday that it was feared she would be lost. Off Chicago it was hoped a tug would come to her, but none went out, and the captain was compelled to risk everything and sail in. The crew were worn out, and the vessel had then four feet of water in her hold, and could not remain afloat an hour longer, being even then in danger of capsizing. The attempt was accordingly made, and, happily, resulted successfully. A fresh crew (that of the Charlotte Raab) was then engaged, who worked at the pumps until daylight yesterday morning, when she was towed to Miller Brothers' drydock for repairs. The escape of the vessel and crew was a narrow one.

There has been considerable confusion as to disasters at Kenosha. It finally turns out, as our prompt correspondent first announced, that the only vessel wrecked there is the schooner Gertrude Bagh, a small craft in the woodtrade, and loaded with wood. She met her trouble a week ago - last Saturday.


Steamboat and Vessel Masters Cautioned - Depth of Water

The regulations for the navigation of the St. Clair Flats Canal, issued by authority of the honorable Secretary of War, will shortly be published in pamphlet form in sufficient number to supply every vessel-master on the great lakes with a copy.

The regulations for the passage of vessels through the St. Clair Flats Canal are established by authority of the Secretary of War as necessary for the proper protection of the banks of the canal from injury.

This canal is for transit only; therefore vessels are forbidden:

To enter the canal in tows two or more abreast.

To pass the canal in tows in more than one line going each way.

To hug the canal banks in passing, but must keep as near the middle of the canal as consistent with safe navigation.

To pass the canal in face of running ice, unless at their own risk, and liability to make good damage to banks resulting from the attempt.

Sailing vessels must not beat through the canal, but must either tow through or wait for a fair wind.

Paddle-wheel steamers and heavy draught propellers must slow down to four miles an hour in passing the canal.

All vessels inflicting damage on the canal banks by reason of violation of these regulations will be held liable to penalty of law for wilful and unlawful damage. Geo. W. McCrary, Secretary of War.

p.3 Verdict - on str. Norfolk, burned Dec. 30, 1876 at Napanee.

Yachting - new yacht built by Cunningham owned by Mr. Cartwright of Military College.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1878