The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1892

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The schr. Norway, of Calvin's fleet, met with some pretty rough weather on Lake Erie about two weeks ago, the facts of which were told to a reporter by members of the crew last night. The Norway had been loaded with timber at Ceylon, four miles from Huron, and was lying at anchor about a mile off the dock when a heavy gale sprung up about eight o'clock at night. Capt. J. Ferguson was ashore and the crew, consisting of mate J. Gleeson, F. McDermott and N. Rousseau, discovered that the vessel was leaking badly. The wind was getting stronger and the sea was rolling mountains high. Nevertheless, seeing that if something was not soon done things might turn out serious, the three men cut loose the life boat, and, despite the billows, headed for the shore. They were finally capsized, but luckily not until they were pretty close to shore, and reached the beach by swimming. As it was only shortly after eight o'clock and still light, the villagers were down and soon had the sailors' life boat liberated from the rocks she had run upon in floating ashore. Capt. Ferguson, away on business in connection with the vessel, was hunted up and told of the affair. He at once tried to secure the services of the tug Hawley, of the O.T.C. line, Cleveland, but the captain of that boat refused to go out in the storm. It was quite evident that the schooner would sink if something was not speedily done and finally, but not until three o'clock in the morning, Capt. Ferguson induced the captain to run out. When the schooner was towed to port she had about eight feet of water in her hold. The Norway is now laid up at Garden Island for a few weeks. McDermott, who was on the vessel, was one of the crew of the unfortunate steambarge Sovereign, sunk on Lake Superior a couple of years ago. The crew of the Sovereign was picked up by another vessel.

Capt. Garrett, of Smith's Falls, is lifting the steam yacht Nellie, sunk near Kingston Mills. The craft will be brought here for repairs. The accident was due to the shifting of the buoys in the channel by the late high winds. The buoys are more than twenty feet out of place, and thus deceived Capt. Garrett in taking his course. The stump on which the Nellie struck has been the cause of several serious accidents. A barge was sunk there last year, and the str. Haggart once struck on the same stump. It is said to be the last dangerous stump in the river, and as the water there is very deep it is a menace to navigators. Capt. Garrett's loss will be considerable.

The schr. Fleetwing met with a pretty strong wind en route from Sodus Point to Kingston last night. It was found necessary to lower all the canvass except the main sail and the vessel fairly flew through the water with only this sheet up.

Wm. Leslie's pontoons, which were used in lightening the United States light ship No. 52 in order to get through the canal, arrived back from Montreal this morning on one of the M.T. Co.'s barges.

Arrivals: schr. Freeman, bay ports, grain; schr. Fleetwing, Sodus Point, coal; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Passport, Montreal.

The schr. Freeman, Capt. Allen, did some fast sailing this morning. Upon arriving at Kingston she had covered the last eighteen miles in two hours.

The dredge Nipissing is at Mosquito Bay dredging out a private dock. The bay is on the Prince Edward county shore.

The damage done to the tug Ranger and tow in running into a lock in the Cornwall canal will reach about $1,200.


Four thousand ton carriers continue to have the call. According to the Cleveland Leader the Globe iron works company will soon begin to work on a new freight steamer, to be practically a duplicate of the Minnesota line Mariposa. The dimensions of the new boat are 352 feet over all, 335 feet keel, 45 feet beam and 24 1/2 feet depth of hold. She is like the Mariposa, intended to carry 4,000 tons on 16 feet draft at a speed of fourteen miles per hour. The triple expansion engines will have cylinders 24, 39 and 63 inches in diameter, by 48 inches stroke of piston, and will receive steam from three Scottish type boilers, 12 x 12 feet, with three furnaces in each, and tested to 175 pounds pressure. The auxiliary machinery will consist of a vertical duplex boiler feeder, with two water ballast pumps of large capacity, one centrifugal and one duplex, with steam windlasses, capstans, steering gear, and a complete electric light plant. The wheel will be sectional, 14 1/2 feet in diameter with 18 feet pitch.

The Chicago shipbuilding company has just closed a contract for another steel steamer. This one will be owned by C.W. Elphicks and Co. and Arthur Orr of Chicago. She is to have 290 feet keel, an over-all length of 308 feet, 41 feet beam and 24 foot 8 inches depth of hold. The engine will be a triple expansion, 19, 32 and 52 inches in diameter, by 52 inch stroke, and steam will be supplied by two Scotch boilers, 12 x 12 feet in diameter. The contract price is $175,000, and this will include an electric plant and all modern appliances.

p.2 South Marysburgh, Aug. 23rd - ....Wheelsman S. Ellis, of the new str. Iona, was home over Sunday. Loaded she runs ten miles an hour. She will tow the barge Saxon, now loading lumber at Deseronto.

p.4 A Race For The Fisher Cup - Belleville, Aug. 24th - Geo. Leavens, hon. secretary of the Bay of Quinte yacht club, has received a challenge for the Norah, Belleville, from the yacht Onward, Rochester, for a race for the Fisher cup on the Bay of Quinte on Sept. 19th. The challenge has been accepted by John Bell, Q.C., owner of the Norah. The latter has been taken off the ways at Kingston, and is now in a first class trim. She will make a hard push to retain the much coveted cup.

The Retaliatory Tolls - how the Americans will impose them.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1892