The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1892

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The str. Topeka arrived with 51,000 bushels of corn for the K. & M.T. Co.

The schr. Eliza Fisher is expected from Charlotte today with coal for Garden Island.

Capt. Booth, jr., has laid the buoys on the Myles shoal, and also platform buoys on the penitentiary and Bolivia shoals.

Str. Sequin, Kingston to Port Colborne, light; schr. Ogarita, Kingston to Port Colborne, light; schr. Dunn, Kingston to Chicago, light, passed Port Dalhousie last night.

The wrecking apparatus of the Donnelly Salvage Wrecking Co. left for Deseronto this morning, accompanied by Capt. Donnelly sr. and J. Donnelly, jr. to engage in raising the sunken schooner Ryan.

The gang of men engaged in unloading the schooner Queen of the Lakes made exceptionally fast time. The vessel arrived from Toledo on Thursday with 502 tons of coal and was loaded (sic) at five o'clock Saturday afternoon. Only one horse was used.

Arrivals: schr. Freeman, Trenton, wheat; schr. Niagara, Toledo, corn; str. Armenia, barges Norway and Denmark, Hamilton, timber for Garden Island; sloop Lia, Wolfe Island, barley; sloop Woodduck, Millhaven, timber for Muckleston & Co.

The str. Persia arrived from St. Catharines this morning. During the winter extensive improvements have been made to her engine and bottom. A new and powerful wheel has been inserted. The only change in the crew is the engagement of Capt. Vaughn as first mate. Mr. Purtill, the popular purser of last year, is again in charge of the business department. And Capt. Scott is one of the most popular commanders.

Capt. Gaskin received this telegram from Sault Ste. Marie last night: "Glengarry and Glenora cleared from Michipicoten harbor at 3 a.m. for Peninsula and Fort William. Tug Walker will leave here 7 p.m." Capt. Gaskin says the rate of the wind upon the occasion of the storm was seventy-five miles an hour, and the schr. Glenora, caught in ? at Peninsula, worked off to the ? shore, a circuit of twenty-five miles, against the gale.

Capt. Craig received a letter from harbor master Collins, Belleville, this morning stating that the rock in the harbor complained of was due to dredging there last fall as the dipper was not large enough to remove the boulder. He says, however, that a larger dredge will be there this week and will remedy this defect as well as dredge the harbor between the light house and Mill Island so that there will be no difficulty for the mail boats getting out of there this year.

A bad accident occurred to the str. Cibola, yesterday morning, when she was being lowered to the ways in the government dry dock. Braces were placed on each side of the boat near the wheels to balance her when she struck her support. The timbers, however, were located a little too soon, before she had properly settled, resulting in one of the cedars catching under the wheel and inserting a big dinge in the boat's side, about three feet long and two feet wide and two inches deep. The dinged metal will be heated and by means of jacks applied from the inside it is thought the damage will be remedied.



She Collided With An Iron Steamer in Lake Erie.

Hamilton, May 3rd - The propeller Celtic of this city, owned by A.D. Mackay's sons, was sunk Sunday evening in Lake Erie, off Rondeau Harbor, by the big iron steamship Russia of Buffalo. The cook, Mrs. Strachan of St. Catharines, was drowned. The accident was announced in the following telegram to the owners from Morpeth.

"Celtic sunk in collision with steamer Russia at 5:55 last evening in a fog at Rondeau. All hands saved except the cook. Answer and telegraph some money to Ridgetown.

J.H. Fitzgerald, purser."

The Celtic was on her first trip this season. She left here on April 19th, under command of Captain John Clifford, the regular commander, Captain Padden, being detained, owing to the illness of his wife. The vessel proceeded to Port Dalhousie and went on the dry dock, and last week she left for Toledo to load 47,600 bushels of corn for Montreal. When a short distance out from Port Colborne last Tuesday on her way up the lake she broke her pump valve and had to return to port to refit. She then proceeded to Toledo, took on her load and sailed down the lake. At 5:55 p.m. she collided with the iron steamer Russia, 2000 tons burden, bound up from Buffalo. From the meagre particulars at hand it is not known exactly where the collision took place, but if the Hamilton boat was on her regular course she would be about 25 miles out in the lake. The Celtic is a wooden boat of 440 tons burden, and local vessel men say that if the Russia struck her head on she would cut the Celtic in twain. From the fact that the purser telegraphs for money it is considered likely that the propeller sank almost immediately; as Mr. Mackay says Fitzgerald had $200 in cash with him, which he must have been unable to save.

The Celtic was built in 1874 by the late Capt. Robertson at his yard here, and cost $48,000 originally. She was valued at $18,000 and was insured for $12,500 with a Chicago company. The insurance only went into force yesterday, so the owners may be considered lucky that the accident didn't happen a few hours sooner. She was a good, staunch boat of the old canal build, and was used for carrying passengers and freight. During several years she was chartered as a lighthouse supply boat by the Dominion Government for the upper lake ports and was to have made the trip this year. If she has been sunk in deep water the Celtic will be a total loss.

The only Hamilton people on board were Miss Logan, James Street North, the ladies' maid, and Purser Fitzgerald. Mrs. Strachan, the cook who was drowned, was an elderly woman and belonged to St. Catharines.

Ridgetown, Ont., May 3 - The steamship Russia, Capt. Weinheimer, owned by the L. I. Co. of Buffalo, and the Celtic, Capt. John Clifford, owned by Mackay's Sons of Hamilton, came into collision about 15 miles off the Rondeau light at 6 p.m. yesterday in a dense fog. The Celtic sunk in less than 10 minutes, the crew, numbering 18, escaping with only what they had on them.

The cook of the Celtic, Margaret Strand (sic), was drowned.

The Russia was more fortunate, but after taking on the Celtic's crew had to cut for the shore quick, which she reached in time, and was beached one mile east of the Rondeau light.

The cook was Mrs. Strachan of St. Catharines. The Celtic was built at Robertson's shipyard, Hamilton, in 1874, at a cost of $48,000. In 1891 at Lloyd's her value was placed at $18,000 and she was insured for $12,500.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1892