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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Sep 1892

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p.1 Canadian Vessels Coming - The str. Algonquin, first of the Canadian boats frozen out of Lake Superior traffic, by this country's retaliatory tolls, will arrive here tonight. Capt. Finn, her agent, stated yesterday that the Algonquin had not been chartered, but would be on the market today. At present there is a fair demand for boats to carry grain to Kingston, and the Algonquin may get a good rate. Several others of the frozen out Lake Superior fleet are now headed this way. This is taken as a sure indication that the talk of the Canadian government about refunding to vessel owners all the tolls collected by the United States at Sault Ste. Marie was merely for effect. It is said that otherwise these boats would not now be coming 1,200 miles without a cargo for the sake of carrying grain back at present rates. One Chicago vessel owner said, yesterday, that he could not understand how the Algonquin would make more than expenses on her long trip here from Lake Ontario. [Chicago Inter-Ocean]

General Paragraphs - The steamer Cariboo, which has been in service on the Bay of Quinte for C.T. Gildersleeve, returned to Prescott yesterday. She gave satisfaction to passengers.

Incidents of the Day - Arrivals: tug Active, Oswego, two barges; tug Hall, Montreal, three light barges; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa.



A Steamer Breaks In Half And Sinks.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 2nd - The fish tug E.M.B.A. arrived down last night, having as a passenger Harry Stewart of Algonac, a wheelsman, the only survivor from the mammoth steel steamer Western Reserve, which foundered Tuesday night about 9 o'clock 60 miles above White Fish Point, on the course to Keweenaw. The Western Reserve, upbound and light, left the Soo canal Tuesday, having on board as passengers Capt. Peter Minch, her owner, his wife, three children and his wife's sister, besides the regular crew of 22 hands.

The story as told by Stewart is as follows: "Everything went well until about 60 miles above White Fish, when the first warning anyone on board had of impending danger was a terrible crash about 9 p.m., caused by the huge craft breaking in two, half way up the rigging.

She took in water fast from the start and the yawl boats were lowered. Capt. Minch, his family and the officers and crew of the boat to the number of 17 got into the wooden yawl, and the others took to the metallic one. The Reserve sank in ten minutes and before she had hardly gone out of sight the metallic yawl capsized. The other went to her assistance, but only succeeded in rescuing two of her occupants, Capt. Myers' son and the steward. The nineteen survivors started for White Fish, 60 miles away. The wind was about west when they started, but veered to the north, making considerable sea. But the yawl weathered the breakers all night and until 7 o'clock the next morning, when about ten miles from Life-saving Station No. 10 and about a mile from the shore, it capsized."

Stewart seen none of the occupants after that. He struck for the shore, but the cries of the children, screams of the women and moaning of men were terrible for a few moments, when all became silent.

Stewart was in the water two hours. He struck shore about ten miles above the station and had to walk there before reaching any one to render him assistance. A search failed to find trace of any other survivor of the wreck and there is no question that they were all drowned.


Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 2nd - The order of President Harrison to collect tolls from Canadian tonnage reads that from and after the 1st September tolls are to be collected. Yesterday the Canadian steamer Rosedale was offered a cargo of coal in Buffalo for Fort William, but would not take it on account of the canal toll here. The Macost, an American steam barge, took the load and locked up with the Rosedale yesterday. If the Rosedale had known the tolls were not to be collected on the first she would probably have taken the load. There is little or no interest in the toll question here. The following Canadian boats passed through the canal yesterday: Athabasca, Rosedale, Ark ?, Myles.

A Schooner Founders.

Owen Sound, Sept. 2nd - In the gale of yesterday on Lake Huron the schooner Nettie Woodward foundered while trying to make Southampton harbor for shelter. Two of her crew were drowned. The rest were with some difficulty rescued by the lighthouse keeper. The names of the two men drowned are Mahon and Greathead. The vessel was old and for a number of years has been in the lumber carrying business.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Sep 1892