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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Apr 1892

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Last night Capt. Gaskin received this message from Peninsula, Ont: Glenora broke loose this morning when making for shelter here. Have fears for her. When in harbor the Glengarry got the Gaskin's line in her wheel and dragged ashore. The boat is resting easy on a sandy bottom. I don't think we can get a tug from Port Arthur, ice being still in the bay. Order what best to be done and I will make every effort meantime. - James McMaugh.

This morning the following despatch came to hand:

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, April 28th - When making for shelter yesterday, into the Peninsular harbor, on the north shore of Lake Superior, the Canada steamer Glengarry, from Kingston to Port Arthur, towing the schrs. Gaskin and Glenora, lost the Glenora. A heavy south-west gale was blowing at the time and it is feared that the Glenora did not weather out the storm, but has been lost with all hands. The missing boat is owned by the M.T. Co. of Kingston; is valued at $32,000. It is believed that she has been driven on Slate islands and pounded to pieces. The Glengarry got her tow line in her wheel. She is aground near the Peninsula resting on a sandy bottom. The Gaskin is there with her. The Glenora carried ten men.

Particulars In Kingston.

The crew of the Glenora consisted of eight men as follows: Captain James Fleming, Kingston; Capt. D. O'Hagan, Picton, mate; William Clancy, Kingston; a man named Gallagher from Amherst Island; two salt water sailors whose names are unknown; Annie Bradshaw, Kingston, cook, and a stranger it is thought from Chicago.

The schr. Glenora was built in Kingston in 1882, by the M.T. Co., and had a capacity of 50,000 bushels. When seen by a Whig reporter Capt. Gaskin appeared very down-hearted, and when asked why he did not give the information to the reporter in the morning when called upon, as usual, he replied that he had been in hopes of receiving a contradictory message. The vessel has twice before broken away from a tow in heavy gales, but on both occasions turned up all right. Capt. Fleming in command of the vessel, although about thirty five years of age, would easily pass for twenty-five and has followed the pursuits of a sailor from a mess boy. The Whig gave a few interesting incidents related by the captain, last winter, about his trips among the West Indies when a lad. He was one of the most kind-hearted and jovial men that ever stepped aboard a vessel, and it is to be hoped the report is not as bad as it looks.

The prop. Glengarry and her tow were bound for Port Arthur, light.

Annie Bradshaw is a young woman of a prepossessing appearance and was very popular with the crew. She was between twenty-six and twenty-seven years of age.

W. Clancy has a family on Howe Island. He was an excellent sailor.

John Gallagher is a middle-aged man and his family live on Patrick street.

C. Haskell, before the mast, is unmarried. He made up his mind before the Glenora started that he would not accompany her. Companions induced him to change his intentions.

Capt. T. Donnelly said this afternoon he was sure the crew were safe. If the boat was well handled she would not be lost, for there are many places on Lake Superior where she could be beached. Being light she would have a better chance of running safely than if she carried a load.

Capt. James Fleming's family lives in Victoria ward.

Capt. O'Hagan, of Picton, is well known here. He is unmarried and about thirty years of age.

The report of the disaster is in everybody's mouth. Old mariners are discussing the mishap all along the docks. Some of them think the vessel will turn up all right, as on similar occasions vessel having been drifting around in a storm on Lake Superior for six days. Others look at it in a different light and believe the vessel could not battle against the gale when once free from the tow.


The str. Cibola, Toronto, will be dry docked on Monday.

The latest charters from Chicago to Kingston have been made at 2 3/4 cents.

The schr. Grantham, Kingston, light, passed Port Dalhousie for Toledo last night.

The schr. Hanlan left for Charlotte this morning, light, being her first trip this spring.

The str. Sequin, wheat, and schr. Organta (sic), wheat, Chicago, passed Port Dalhousie for Kingston last night.

T. Bingham, Toronto, steward of the str. Algerian, was in the city today and left for Sorel to fit up the saloon of the steamer.

Clearances: schrs. Oliver Mowat and Storrs, Oswego, light; barge Harvest, Montreal, 9,000 bushels of barley and 13,000 bushels of oats..

The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's new steamer Columbia was successfully launched at Chester, Penn.

The str. Water Lily, after having her engine compounded, left for Picton last night, where she will be hauled out and have a new wheel put in.

Arrivals: sloop Laura D., Deseronto, oats; sloop Maggie L., Deseronto, oats; sloop Idlewild, Wolfe Island, oats; schr. Robert Macdonald, Grafton, 4,000 bushels of barley.

While backing out from the dock at Gananoque last night, the wheel of the steamer Lorelei became loosened and fell off. Ira Folger went down with the tug Maggie May this morning.

General Paragraphs - Herbert Holder, assistant steward on the steamer Algerian left for Sorel this afternoon to assume duties.

The Donnelly Salvage and Wrecking Co. will raise the sunken schooner Ryan at Deseronto in a few days.

The yacht Papoose, recently bought by John T. Mott, Oswego, made the run from Detroit to Oswego in 52 hours, actual sailing time.

p.3 Bedford Mills, April 26th - The tug Edmund was launched yesterday; she looks well with her new coat of paint.....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Apr 1892