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

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The prop. Butteroni is at Portsmouth with grain.

Clearances: tug Active, Ogdensburg, four light barges.

The str. John Haggart is up the bay loading apples for Kingston.

Arrivals: str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa.

The str. North King arrived from Port Hope last night, to lay up for the season.

The str. Rosedale, Kingston to Fort William, passed Port Dalhousie last night.

The str. Ocean is a day late on her up trip from Montreal. The rough weather had, probably, something to do with it.

The schr. White Oak is loading barley at Richardson's for Oswego. This is the first barley this firm has shipped to Oswego since the McKinley bill went into force.

Capt. Paul and his gang of men have finished work at Point Frederick shoal for the season.

The prop. Omaha has been detained at Ogdensburg for ten days. She is there with grain from the upper lakes, but on account of the elevators all being blocked she cannot get unloaded.

The str. Persia arrived here last night and the captain reports having experienced very heavy weather on the lakes. She was more than double her ordinary time coming from the Welland canal here, and neither leaked or damaged the cargo.

To Strengthen Canal - Ottawa, Nov. 3rd - to build two dams to Sheik Island to raise water level, at Cornwall canal.

General Paragraphs - The hull of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's steamer Corinthian, which was burned near St. Dominique some weeks since, was sold by auction today to Mr. Davis, Quebec, for $2,050.

The schr. Grantham is still hard on the bottom. The str. Calvin was obliged to stop work yesterday afternoon and run to South Bay for shelter on account of the storm. The steamer expected to resume work on the wreck again last night. The water is all out of the vessel and all that now remains is to remove the remainder of the coal.

p.4 Incidents of the Day - An official of the Montreal Transportation Co. says the concern will have to move, within five years, unless an elevator of large capacity is erected here. With the deepening and improvement of the river to Montreal vessels will be able to navigate much further down than Kingston.


Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 3rd - J.C. Gilchrist, one of the principal owners of the steamer W.H. Gilcher, which is supposed to have gone down in Lake Michigan, has given the boat up as lost. He said shortly before noon yesterday: "I am convinced that the reason we have not heard from the Gilcher is because there is none of the crew alive to tell the tale.

"There were eighteen men aboard, with Capt. Weeks of Vermillion in command. Her first mate was Capt. Ed. Porter of Lorraine. Sydney Jones of Marine City, Mich. was chief engineer. There was a wheelman named King, who formerly lived in Vermillion, but has lately made his home in Chicago.

"The only sailor known by me was a young man named Thompson, who hailed from Vermillion. Formerly nearly the entire crew were from Vermillion, but about a month ago Capt. Weeks while in Buffalo discharged most of his old men and shipped new sailors whose names have never been reported to the general office."

The Gilcher was an iron boat, built by the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company and put into service a year ago last May. She was valued at $200,000, and was insured for $180,000. She had a cargo of 3,080 tons of coal and was bound from Buffalo to Milwaukee. She was last heard from when she passed Mackinaw Friday. It is the general supposition here that she must have struck upon the South Fox reef during the storm of Friday night and had a hole knocked into her bottom.

The builders of the Gilcher claim that the wreckage now being washed ashore does not tally with any part of the work done on this boat. Her owners are convinced, however, that she has gone down with all on board.

She carried a large metallic lifeboat and enough small boats to carry about 30 men. So far as is known here there were no passengers on the Gilcher when she left Buffalo.


Cleveland, Nov. 3rd - The tug James Amadeus, owned by the Smith Tug Company, of this city, was going to the relief of the schooner H.P. Baldwin, ashore near Colchester, Ont., with a wrecking outfit, when off Point au Pelee 12 o'clock Tuesday night the Amadeus sprang a leak and sank. Three of her crew, Henry Howell, Chief Engineer of Detroit, Nicholas Barrett and Farron, fireman of this city, were drowned.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Nov 1892