The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Apr 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - James Wilson has been appointed dock master at the graving dock.

The str. Maud was loaded with household effects for the United States today.

The steamer Rosedale has left Toronto for Port Arthur to load grain for Kingston.

The str. Lorelei was dry-docked at Davis' yard today and will have a new wheel put on.

Because of low water the schr. Norway had to go outside Toronto harbor to complete loading timber.


Clearances: tug Hall, Montreal, with two barges of grain; schr. R. McDonald, Bay of Quinte, light.

The prop. Sequin with 40,000 bush. wheat and barge Ogarite, Chicago, with 37,818 bush. wheat are at Portsmouth.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes leaves for Charlotte tomorrow and the schr. Ella Murton will go to Toledo on Tuesday.

The str. Ocean passed through at seven o'clock last night, en route to Montreal. She is neatly painted and looks well. Capt. J.T. Towers is again in command with J. Malcolm, formerly of the prop. Acadia, as purser.

Arrivals: tug Active and barges Jennie and Regina, Toledo, grain; tug Hall, Montreal; schr. Rainbow, Trenton, lumber; schr. Eliza Fisher, Oswego, coal; schr. Two Brothers, Oswego, coal; sloop Idlewild, Wolfe Island, oats; sloop Lia, Gananoque, wheat.

The race between the schooners Ella Murton and B.W. Folger to Oswego, was won by the former. The vessels left Swift's dock Wednesday afternoon about four o'clock and the Murton arrived in Oswego the next morning about four hours ahead of the Folger. The Murton returned to Kingston and the Folger proceeded to Collins Bay.

An instance of remarkably fast sailing has just come to hand. The schr. White Oak, Capt. Dix, commenced loading coal in Oswego, at 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning, had her cargo completed at eleven o'clock, and it was one o'clock before she got out, on account of the harbor being blocked up. She arrived at the Grove Inn dock at seven o'clock last night, having sailed over in six hours; or loaded and all, with two hours delay, in eleven and a half hours.

The steamer Rideau Belle has come out of winter quarters spick and span and began loading today for her first trip up the Rideau. This smart trim boat will be smarter than ever under improved machinery. Her popularity under Capts. Noonan and Fleming cannot be improved, nor can the route be surpassed for those in hunt of fishing, sport or picturesque scenery. Therefore there is nothing more to be desired than that Kingstonians appreciate this fine route at their doors.



Lake Superior Is a Big Pond and Vessels Have a Fine Scope

But There Was Danger Where the Accident Occurred.

Has Been Drifting Before.

Upon receiving the dispatches about the Glenora's misfortune Capt. Gaskin wired the tug Walker, lying with her tow at the Soo canal, to proceed at once in search of the lost vessel. A tug from Port Arthur was sent to the aid of the Glengarry, lying on a sand bottom at Peninsula harbour, and it is expected she will be freed this morning, when she will immediately set out on the errand.

The other two sailors, whose names were not mentioned yesterday as being on the steamer (sic) Glenora, are: G. Watson and Hugh Fleming.

Lake Superior is several hundred miles wide and 400 miles long, and a boat could drift many days on its bosom before being seen.

It will be remembered that the Glenora was lost in a storm on Lake Ontario for 24 hours, then in charge of Capt. Patterson, whose bravery and that of the crew saved themselves and the boat. She is staunch and if properly handled will be all right. She broke away, however, in a very dangerous place. The shores of the lake are of perpendicular rock towering many feet in the air.

W. Clancy, one of the crew, is not married. He lives on Bagot Street.

The M.T. Company have been kept busy answering questions and telegrams about the Glenora today. Men, women and children are hourly enquiring after the whereabouts of the vessel. Capt. Gaskin received a telegram from Capt. O'Hagan's sister, Picton, this morning. They saw the account of the disaster in the Whig last night.

Mrs. Haskell was nearly frantic with grief upon hearing the news of the accident. She said that she twice got out of bed on the night of the storm and went to the door to unlock it, thinking she heard her boy knocking. This morning she thought this a bad omen.

The Boat Is Safe.

A despatch was received at noon by Capt. Gaskin reporting that the Glenora was ashore on Michipecoten Island, and that the crew is safe.

Capt. Gaskin has received the following telegram from Capt. Fleming, master of the sch. Glenora.

"Missanible ?, April 30 - Glenora ashore at Michipicoten harbor - 29th, Friday; lost big anchor and chain; may get them again. Vessel lying on and against a sand beach, with three feet of water in her. Working at her to get her off. Don't know with what success. Glengarry not in view. It is seventy miles from Michipicoten harbor to the nearest telegraph office."

The following message was wired back by Capt. Gaskin: "Have wired Walker to go to your assistance at once. She leaves the Sault at two o'clock this afternoon. Have also wired Glengarry. Return to Glenora at once."

The Glenora ran over two hundred miles before she was beached. Much credit is due the crew for keeping the boat away from rocky shores. The harbor in which she lies is south east of Peninsula harbour at which place she broke her line. Capt. Fleming must have endured great hardship travelling from the boat to the telegraph office at Missanible. This is a very rough country and those who know the route know what a great task the captain undertook.

The Glenora is lying (rest of paragraph damaged) ... Capt. Donnelly raised the steamer City of Owen Sound, in the spring of 1886?.



Now Lying at Buckingham Village, P.Q.

Excellent Tow Boat.

For further particulars apply to O.M. Harris,

211 Commissioners Street, Montreal, Que.



Through Murray Canal, Calling at Brighton, Bay of Quinte and River St. Lawrence Ports.

The popular side-wheel steamer Alexandria (Capt. E.B. Smith) leaves A. Gunn & Co.'s wharf every Monday evening, calling at the St. Lawrence River ports, and arriving in Montreal on Tuesday afternoon. Returning, leaves Canal Basin, Montreal, every Thursday at 10 o'clock a.m., arriving in Kingston on Friday night, and leaving at 4 o'clock on Saturday mornings for Trenton and Bay of Quinte ports.

Passenger Accommodation unsurpassed.

The steamer Alexandria is noted for comfort and the politeness of her officers.

For passage tickets and other information apply to A. Gunn & Co., Agents.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Apr 1892