The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1892

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p.1 Lively Rowing Races - at Wolfe Island; "...the contestants, oarsmen in the employ of the guests of the Hotel Hitchcock, and all residents of the island, were Messrs. Victor Sudds, George Eves, James Davis, John Davis and John Rawley...."


The gale of last night was terrific. Vessels on the lakes during the storm will have unwelcome tales to tell upon reaching port and the safety of many are anxiously hoped for. A good breeze blew during the morning, becoming somewhat subdued shortly after noon and continuing calm until about seven o'clock in the evening when it gradually grew stiffer and finally broke into a regular hurricane about 10:30 o'clock. Vessel owners in Kingston were all down at the wharves to look after their boats. Stevedores and sailors were in great demand and in many cases could not be secured. The str. St. Lawrence, tied up at the long dock had a thrilling experience with the wind. The members of her crew were all summoned and every precaution taken to prevent the vessel being damaged. The electric light plant of the vessel was brought into play. The steamer was lighted and presented a pretty appearance as she lay alongside the dock, rocking like a cradle in the trough of the angry sea. The search light was used while men extended lines in different directions. In one case when three men were engaged putting a line over a spile on Swift's dock, it was only at intervals they could be seen despite the fact that the search light made things as bright as day. The waves rolled completely over them, dashing at least seven feet high at times. The lines were made secure, however, and the vessel so held as to be out of danger. With the exception of several fenders being smashed the St. Lawrence escaped damage.

Capt. Shaw, of the schr. Fleet Wing, was up all night. His vessel was lying on the east side of Swift's dock, and accordingly had the advantage of the sea.

This morning the stevedores were all in line about the dock, the only topic for discussion being the gale of last night. Many predicted the fate of some vessels.

The penitentiary shoal buoy broke away last night and was swept down the harbor to about opposite the locomotive works, when catching on the schooner Eliza Fisher it was secured.

The schrs. Eliza Fisher, Kate and Henry Preston were anchored off Gunn's dock last night. They were indeed "rocked in the cradle of the deep."

The Persia arrived safe and sound at 10:30 o'clock this morning. She took the south channel down and thus escaped the heavy sea. Capt. Scott tells of a rough night. Most of the passengers were very sick.

The str. Algerian will arrive this afternoon and turn round and proceed to Montreal, as there are two of the mail liners already up above.

The str. Corinthian was due in Kingston this morning, but on account of the storm she did not leave Toronto yesterday afternoon. The Corinthian was to have taken the Raymond party, of Boston, from Alexandria Bay to Montreal today. If the party chooses to remain at the bay until tomorrow's boat the R. & O. N. Co. will have to foot the bill of expenses.

The str. Spartan left here at her regular time, yesterday afternoon, but was obliged to lay over at Deseronto during the night. A telegram received, this morning, states her safe arrival in Belleville at 8:30 o'clock this morning.

The prop. Omaha went aground off Richardson & Sons dock early this morning in shallow water. The captain got a little too close to shore. She was loaded with 52,000 bushels of corn. The tug Active pulled her off.


Arrivals: prop. Omaha, Chicago, 52,500 bush. corn; prop. Cuba, Chicago, lightened 8,400 bush. of corn and proceeded to Montreal.

The schr. Kate, capsized near Picton about a month ago, when Mrs. Pappa, of Kingston and a sailor named Salmon, of Belleville, were drowned, arrived in port yesterday for the first time since the accident. She was thoroughly repaired at Picton and is now a very staunch vessel.

p.4 Pith of the News - The stonehooker Euna (Enna, Emma ?), owned in Burlington, went ashore at Oakville, Tuesday afternoon, and is a total wreck.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1892