The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1891

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. Chieftain, with three barges from Montreal, arrived at Portsmouth today.

The prop. Acadia went up on Friday to load grain at Burlington Beach and was expected here yesterday but did not arrive.

A Vessel Ashore - Consecon, Nov. 18th - During the gale yesterday afternoon the schooner Snowbird, which was loading barley for A.J. Johnson, broke away from her moorings and went ashore. She now lies in about three feet of water. The crew are still on the vessel, but are safe. At the present time it is impossible to ascertain the (unreadable) vessel and cargo, but (unreadable), cargo insured in Western assurance company.


The tug Ranger with two barges left for Cape Vincent today.

Tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with four barges of grain today.

Barges Regina, Star and Toledo, from Montreal, are unloading pig iron.

The M.T. Co.'s barges brought 250 tons of pig iron from Montreal yesterday.

Arrivals: tugs Walker, Bronson and Hall, Montreal, with ten light barges.

The improvements made on the engines of the str. Spartan have not proven satisfactory.

The str. Hero did not get up the Bay of Quinte last night, owing to the gale. She cleared this morning.

Vessels intending to lay up will pay the run from Detroit as follows: Ogdensburg, $50; Oswego, $40; Kingston, $45.

Owing to the heavy winds of the past few days several vessels due at this port have not yet arrived. It is believed that numerous accidents have occurred.

The barge Montreal broke her anchor chain off Rudd's quarry, yesterday, and drifted on the beach. She will have to be lightened before she can be freed.

A rumor to the effect that the N.Y.C. people are preparing to build a large steamboat at Clayton the coming winter is being quietly circulated. The boat will be used to convey their passengers to and from river points.

A well-known Toronto yachtsman has contracted for a boat of the Yama's class, built by Fife, which he hopes will take the style out of that slippery craft. A new thirty-footer is also coming from the same designer.

Considerable anxiety was manifested here for the safety of the prop. Myles. She is bound down from Toledo with a cargo of wheat for the Montreal transportation company. She is out forty-eight hours from Port Dalhousie and is due here. No intelligence of her had been received at twelve o'clock today. Later - A despatch from Oswego reports that the Myles ran into the outer port for shelter and is now there.

A despatch from Port Colborne, dated the 16th, says: "On receipt of a message, this morning, from Selkirk to Carter Bros., asking for a tug and lifeboat, to rescue the crew of the schooner Montcalm, ashore about 30 miles up the lake from here, the tug Mary, Capt. John Mathews, and the government lifeboat with a volunteer crew, composed of John McCracken, James Clark, William Rumbo, John Fleming, of this place, in charge of Capt. Joseph C. Parsons, of the schooner Queen of the Lakes, started out at one o'clock for the Montcalm, the wind blowing a gale from the south, with rain and squalls. The crew of the Montcalm were rescued about one o'clock, the gale having somewhat subsided. The boat, which had about 500 tons of iron ore, is a total wreck." Capt. Parsons is a resident of this city and is well-known to be a brave and skilful sailor. This is the third time Capt. Parsons has manned the life boat crew to rescue the shipwrecked and each time he has been successful. He ventured out when others refused to go.

p.4 Interesting Items - The schooner Hattie E. Estell, cargo of wheat, trying to enter the harbor at Manistee, struck the bar outside the piers. Four of her crew were rescued by a life line. The cook and one sailor were drowned. The captain is still lashed to the rigging, supposed to be dead. Heavy seas are breaking over the vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1891