The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Oct 1892

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - D.G. Thompson, president of the M.T. company, is in the city on business.

Mr. Wiley, of the firm of Thomas Marks & Co., Port Arthur, large forwarders, and owners of the str. Algonquin, is in the city.


The sloop Volunteer is loading oats and peas at Howe Island for Richardson & Sons.

The schr. Herbert Dudley arrived from Toronto with wheat for the M.T. Co., and will clear for Fairhaven to load coal for Toronto. Capt. Shaw says there are no vessels laying at Toronto awaiting loads at present.

Arrivals: Schr. Keewatin, Hamilton, 14,000 bushels wheat; schr. Dudley, Toronto, 14,400 bushels wheat; tug Bronson, Montreal, eight barges, light; tug Hall, Montreal, four barges, light; str. North King, Charlotte; prop. Persia, Montreal; prop. Lake Michigan, Montreal to Hamilton.

The schr. Grantham met with a disaster about three o'clock, Saturday morning. She was laying at anchor about half way between Timber Island and South Bay when a squall struck up, and the schooner dragged anchor. Upon seeing the situation and its probable result Capt. Crawford ordered the schooner scuttled as soon as she struck the island. Four or five holes were bored in the bottom and a boat immediately sent off to telegraph the Donnelly Bros., of this city, owners of the craft. The str. Pierrepont and barge City of Kingston went up in the afternoon with a pump and the Donnelly Bros. on board. About 150 tons of coal were removed and the pump applied. A single pump was not sufficient, however, and the water could not be lessened below twenty inches of the bottom. The Pierrepont then took the barge in tow and returned to Kingston. The str. Chieftain and a lighter with two pumps were sent up and are now hard at work. The vessel is worth probably $5,000 and is not insured. She was bound to Toronto with coal. Capt. Allen, of the str. Pierrepont, says that if a strong south wind sets in the Grantham cannot help but turn out a total wreck. She is beached on the south side of Timber Island. Today's probabilities state a strong wind from the south. Timber Island is about thirty miles from Kingston.



Cleveland, Oct. 31st - The gale Saturday night caused considerable damage to shipping at this port. The schr. Samana is on shore at the foot of Dodge street, almost on the rocks of the railroad embankment. Six men and the captain's wife were on board and were rescued. The woman lies in a critical condition. The steel steamship Maruba went ashore at 7:30 this morning on the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railway docks north of the Union depot. She is broadside on and rests easily, but if the gale continues is liable to suffer injury. She is already leaking. The crew remains aboard. The steamer Pontiac made the inside of the breakwater and sank. She is resting easily and will suffer no further injury. The big ore carrier Ketchem is on the bottom in the entrance to the breakwater with a full cargo of ore. The schr. Glad Tidings drifted against the west pier and struck hard. It is feared she is badly strained. The old schooner Col. Cook is on the beach inside the breakwater. The yacht Mott B. is sunk in the breakwater. A terrific gale from the north west has prevailed since last evening.

A Steam Barge Nearly Lost.

Erie, Pa., Oct. 31st - Vessels have been brought into this port yesterday that were caught in the gale on Lake Erie Saturday and damaged or disabled. Tugs outside got a line to the big steam barge Veronica during last night and towed her in here. She was from Escanaba with ore, and her captain reports that he got out of the Detroit River Friday morning and was soon after caught in the gale sweeping eastward down the lake. The crew had a terrible experience. Saturday a big sea stove her deck housings, sweeping into the engine room and putting out her fires. The barge was on the verge of foundering when the crew got a sail on her and beat about on the lake off this port until the tugs got hold of her. Scarcely a man of the crew is able to do duty.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Oct 1892