The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1878

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p.3 Last Trip - of str. Hastings.

W.W. - str. Empress of India towed to Garden Island for new shaft.


Aground - The Telegram gives these particulars of the Folger accident: "The schooner H. Folger, of Kingston, arrived at the Queen's wharf on Tuesday with a load of coal, and upon the unloading being concluded, the services of the tug Robb was secured to tow her to the Northern Elevator, where she was to take on board a load of grain. The tug, handled by Capt. Hall, started off with her bulky burden, but only got out into the channel when the schooner slewed around. The high east wind which prevailed prevented the captain from getting her head right, and in order to facilitate matters, he let her go, intending to head her off. The schooner's lines were cast off, and the tug started in pursuit, but soon the captain saw he could not capture her. She was blown past the Queen's wharf at a high rate of speed, and went ashore in the bend immediately opposite the Old Fort, where she now lies, with her head pointing to the north on several huge boulders. It is not thought that she is badly damaged; but as the insurance on her lapsed on the 15th inst., the loss, whatever it may be, will have to be borne by the owner, or those who are responsible for the mishap. If the schooner had been loaded when the accident happened it would have been quite easy for Captain Hall to have managed her; but as it was the wind struck with great force against the bulky frame, and sent her with great speed toward the shore."

The Sweet Home - The Palladium says: About half past six o'clock on Friday morning the schooner Sweet Home, of Kingston, drifted ashore a few hundred feet east of the life saving station at this port, and will prove a total loss. The mate, John Nix, stated: "I received a telegram yesterday from the captain, Richard Charles, who left us at Mill Point and went to Kingston on Wednesday, instructing me to get a man and bring the vessel across. We left Mill Point at 6 p.m. yesterday, wind west by northwest and light until we got about fifteen miles this side of the Ducks, when it freshened, with a rolling sea. We made the harbour all right at 6:30 a.m., running up as far as the Northwestern elevator, when the tug Morey caught us, using our line; it parted when we were near the north end of the island dock. The tug then threw us one of her lines, but that parted when near the end of the pier. The vessel's stern struck the pier, smashing the boat, and the stern was stove in and the steering gear carried away; we drifted down along the east pier and struck it again, carrying away the jibboom and bowsprit. All the men, numbering four, myself included, jumped on the pier when we struck the second time. The cook, Norah Spellman, was left aboard; the vessel then washed ashore a little east of the life station, and the life-saving crew got the cook off with one of their boats. We had 106,000 feet of lumber aboard, consigned to E.W. Rathbun & Co.; the vessel is not insured."

The cargo was owned by E.W. Rathbun & Co. and is not insured. The damage to the cargo is estimated at $1,000. The Sweet Home is owned by Benjamin Barney of Kingston, rated B 2 with a dash and was valued at $2,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1878