The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1878

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p.2 A Propeller Lost - prop. City of Montreal, Captain Thomas Leach of Toronto, cleared from Chicago, may have collided with schr. Ganges, both are missing.

p.3 Perished In a Gale

A Henderson despatch says that on Saturday night a yawl having the name Julia on the stern, came ashore near the Stony Point light house, having the dead body of a sailor lashed to one of the thwarts. Capt. Bartley, of the schr. Grant, says that the yawl belongs to the schooner Julia, of Kingston, and the man's name was Dalmage, and lived at South Bay Point. On Thursday night the Julia and Grant were at anchor in the Bay. Dalmage took the yawl and rowed over to the Olivia. About eleven p.m., he started to row back in the face of a violent gale, which sprung up after he left the Julia. The poor fellow lost an oar and the boat became unmanageable and was swept down the lake. He was carried past the Julia and a line was thrown him, but he could not reach it. The crew of the Ariadne, also there at anchor, lowered the yawl to attempt to rescue Dalmage, but the boat filled with water and they had to give it up. It appears that Dalmage then lashed himself to the thwarts, and probably died from exposure and exhaustion before his boat went ashore. The terrors of such a voyage can only be pictured by the imagination.

Dr. Lord, of Smithville, has been trying to ascertain something further regarding this strange case. He did not summon a jury, for there was nothing a jury could do. There are no new facts at hand concerning the discovery. The body was kept in Chapman's storehouse, at Henderson Harbor the night it was found. Next forenoon, at the direction of Dr. Lord, it was placed in a coffin and buried in the Henderson cemetery.

Coroner's Inquest - At Oswego a coroner's inquest was held on the body of William Seeds, mate of the schooner Sybilla, of Mill Point, who was found drowned at that port. Verdict: "Accidental death while under the influence of liquor."

Disasters on Lake Michigan

Owing to the blinding snow storms that have prevailed on the upper lakes, the past week has been one of great disaster to seafaring men. Last week tales of wreck and disaster created a great deal of consternation in insurance and marine circles. The Chicago Inter-Ocean gives a very graphic account of the disasters of the past week on Lake Michigan. On Wednesday and Thursday the 30th and 31st of October, a cold boisterous northwester, with thick weather and snow, was followed by a fierce southwester that done all the damage. The loss of life has not been very great, owing to the efficient services performed by the life-boat crew, stationed at Ludington. The following list of disasters, as far as heard from, will convey some some idea of the severity of the gale: Schooners L.C. Woodruff, J.G. Worts, J.H. Rutler, F.C. Leighton and steamer Quebec, wrecked. The schooner Ganges, which left Chicago the same time as the J.G. Worts, has not been heard from since, and fears are now entertained for her safety. The Kelderhouse had a narrow escape from foundering. During the height of the tempest her Captain, Larse A. Saunders, was swept off the deck, and disappeared in the raging billows. He was forty years of age and leaves a wife and three children in Chicago. Three men were drowned off the schooner L.C. Woodruff. Several vessels are ashore but the crews so far as heard from are safe. The life saving crews are worthy of a great deal of praise for their heroic exertions, especially the crew of the Government tug Ab. Ludington, commanded by Capt. Fred. Kindrick. On Friday night another grain fleet left Chicago for lower lake ports.

The Grain Market - It cannot be said to be very lively, and yet a good deal of grain is coming in. Many farmers have been holding back, in the hope of advanced rates, but as these do not now seem probable the deliveries are increasing. The price of barley -the most important article - has fallen about ten cents perbushel all armed, and the tendency, if anything, is downward. Shipments are quite frequent, Mr. Richardson being the principle exporter. He had at the present time the barge Kingston loaded with wheat for Montreal, and the schr. Olive Branch has taken on a cargo of 8,000 bushels of barley at Tyendinaga. The schr. Herbert Dudley is loading rye for Oswego.

Coroner's Inquest - at Oswego on mate of Sybilla of Mill Point.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1878