The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1891

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The prop. Monteagle brings corn to Kingston from Chicago.

This morning it was discovered there were 2,000 bushels of damaged wheat in the schr. Neelon from Chicago.

Departures: str. Rosedale, Chicago, light; Bon Voyage, Charlotte; Lora, Ogdensburg; prop. Argonaut, Charlotte, light.

It is said that the str. Spartan struck a rock at Crossover light, near Brockville, a few mornings ago, frightening the passengers.

The steamers Rideau Belle, Whistlewing and Pastime were launched, after repairs at Davis' dry dock, this morning. The schr. Lady Macdonald is now in the dry dock.

Arrivals: schr. B.W. Folger, Charlotte, 224 tons coal; str. Rosedale, Chicago, 16,080 bush. of rye and 45,919 bush. corn; prop. Sir S.L. Tilley, Chicago, 42,901 bush. rye; schr. Neelon, Chicago, wheat; tug Jessie Hall and barge William, Oswego, light; schr. Augusta, Chicago, 33,694 bush. wheat; prop. Glengarry, Toledo, 22,000 bush. wheat; schr. J. Gaskin, Toledo, 37,800 bush. wheat; schr. Glenora, Toledo, 48,100 bush. wheat; schr. Julia, Fairhaven, 216 tons coal.

Burned To the Water's Edge.

Oak Orchard, Aug. 6th - The schr. S.B. Pomeroy, of Detroit, is a total wreck. The Pomeroy was bound from Charlotte to Port Huron with a cargo of 800 tons of coal. The vessel caught fire and was abandoned by the crew. The tug E.E. Frost, Oswego, got a line to the vessel and towed her into shallow water. Her upper works are all gone from the stem to the main mast. The covering board is gone from the mizzen mast aft. The frames aft are burned nearly through and also two streaks of the upper planking.

The port side is five feet under water aft, and the starboard side about a foot. The bow is out about eight feet. The mizzen mast is gone and so are the sails and running gear. The mainmast is badly burned. Hingston & Frost, who have the tug Frost chartered, will claim the salvage. The Pomeroy was insured for $8,000. She was valued at about $10,000. The cargo of coal is insured.



Chicago, Aug. 8th - Pretty Mrs. May, wife of Capt. Harry May, in command of the barge Senator Blood, proved more than a match for the hosts of the seamen's union yesterday. She did it single-handed, too, for her husband did not support her in any kind of fashion.

The Senator Blood lay at Keith's elevator, in the south branch, when John Burns and James Jones, walking delegates of the seamen's union, came on board with the intention of taking off the crew and compelling them to join the union. When the captain saw the walking delegates he told his wife to go into the cabin and get his gun. Without a minute's hesitation she did as requested, and soon stood on deck ready to defend the crew to the last. In the meantime the walking delegates had convinced the crew that work at $2 per day was better than $25 per month, which they were then receiving, and the sailors had agreed to join the union. They threw their baggage over the side of the boat and were prepared to leave.

"If you go ashore, I'll shoot you," Mrs. May exclaimed to A. LeRoy, the mate, as he started to go over the schooner's side.

This stopped him, but one of the sailors who had become badly scared at the sight of the gun in Mrs. May's hands jumped over board and swam to the other side of the river, through the awful filth that emanates at that point from the gas houses. Walking Delegate Burns then took the gun out of Mrs. May's hands and seized her wrists. Mrs. May's free hand rained blows upon Burn's neck and head, but the captain was as meek as a lamb. As the crew seemed certain to desert the ship Mrs. May opened up some most terrific screaming. A great throng of people rushed in the direction of the boat, and some one, believing that a murder was being committed, pulled for the patrol waggon.

When the police arrived the two union delegates were placed under arrest and the crew were ordered back on the Senator Blood. Mrs. May then asked that the union men be released, as they really had not treated her badly, and this was done.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1891