The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1891

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p.1 The prop. Oregon is aground near Brockville and leaking badly. A great amount of her cargo of oats is damaged. The vessel is worth $3,000 and is owned at Vermillion, Ohio. The hull is damaged.

The schr. Hanlan arrived in port, last night, light. On the trip over from Oswego it was found necessary to break in her bulwarks. The voyage was a rough one.

The schr. B.W. Folger has been weather-bound at Oswego for some time. She is loaded with coal for Swift's.

Around Cape Horn - West Superior, Dec. 10th - Word was received announcing the arrival of and clearance from San Francisco of the whaleback steamer Charles W. Wetmore. She is expected to terminate her journey to Puget Sound tomorrow. Her successful trip around Cape Horn is believed by the barge company to be a sufficient test of the soundness of Capt. McDougall's theories as embraced in the whaleback.

Incidents of the Day - The board of steamboat inspectors for Ontario will meet in Toronto on December 15th. T. Donnelly will attend from this city.

p.2 Loss of Life On The Lakes - Detroit, Dec. 9th - More sailors lost their lives on the great lakes during the marine season just closed than in any previous year since the lakes were navigated. In all fifty-seven met their death, and most of this number were lost during November. Forty-two were lost from schooners and barges. Not a passenger, however, was lost during the season, and not a passenger steamer was in serious trouble. The season is practically closed, although there are not less than eighty steamers on the great lakes bound to or from Chicago. From a money standpoint the season has been far more successful than vessel men anticipated last spring. It has been marked by an unprecedented number of wrecks and heavy losses, and the sacrifice of life has not been exceeded for many years. The maritime underwriters have probably, upon the whole, come out about even, but never before in any one month did their finances have such a drain upon them as during November.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1891