The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1892

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p.1 H.A. Calvin will build a new river tug at Garden Island this winter. She will be about the same size as the M.T. Co.'s tug Walker.


The R. & O. N. Co.'s steamers harbored here for the winter have obtained all the fixing up required.

The schr. Grantham is in the dry dock receiving general repairs. New planks will be placed where required.

The steamer Bohemian ran aground near Summerstown, Que. on Thursday, but was pulled off without damage.

Arrivals: prop. St. Magnus, Fort William, lightened 20,000 bushels of wheat and proceeded to Montreal; tug Bronson, Montreal, four barges, light.

The new barge being built at Garden Island is now in frame. She will be forty feet wide, the measurement of the river canals as soon as they have been enlarged.

The tug Active has been lying windbound at Oswego for the past week. She will probably remain for Sunday now. The manager of the M.T. Co. here, is on board.

The dredge Queen passed down from Belleville to Gananoque, where she will dredge the channel leading to the Gananoque carriage works, where a bridge is to be erected.

A despatch today says it is snowing hard at Sault Ste. Marie. The tug Thompson will tow the Minnedosa to Kingston, and the tug Walker has gone in search of the schr. Glenora, which broke away Thursday. Among the crew are Capt. Fleming, Messrs. Powers, Sullivan and Miss Bradshaw, cook, of this city.

The schooner Annie Minnes was towed from below Cataraqui bridge to anchorage, yesterday, by the steamer Pierrepont. As soon as weather permits she will clear for Port Hope to lay up. Her captain took sick and was obliged to go home by train. Capt. A. Courson, of the schr. Annie Falconer, will take the vessel to her destination.

The str. St. Magnus is now on her last trip down the river. Upon returning she will enter the dry-dock at Port Dalhousie and receive a general overhauling this winter. Among the improvements a steel arch will be built and steel keelsons inserted.


Owen Sound, Nov. 19th - The survivors of the crew of the wrecked schooner Hercules, Sarnia, arrived here from Manitoulin Island on the steamer Favorite on their way to Sarnia, where they reside. Capt. J.A. Glass and six men make up the party. The captain reports a terrible experience. It was in the heavy gale of the 8th, while on the trip from Penetanguishene to Sarnia, that the wreck took place. There was a terrible sea running, and, after throwing out the anchor and riding for two hours, the cable snapped and in twenty minutes the vessel drifted on to the rocks, about 100 feet from St. Michael's bay light. The seas went clean over her, washing the deck load off in almost less time than it takes to tell. The yawl was carried away, and the men managed, with great difficulty and danger, to reach shore on the floating lumber. The cook, Mrs. McEachern, of Kincardine, was in the cabin when the vessel struck, and Capt. Glass, at great risk to himself, amid falling spars and the rapid breaking up of the vessel, attempted to rescue her, but the woman seemed to have lost her presence of mind and made no effort to save herself. A huge wave swept over the boat and washed her out in the lake, where she was drowned. In less than half an hour not a vestige of the vessel remained, and only the floating wreckage told the story of a marine disaster. The cargo consisted of 275,000 feet of lumber, all of which was lost. The Hercules was considered one of the staunchest vessels afloat, having been built three years ago at Sarnia. She was owned by P. McGibbon, of Sarnia, who also owned her cargo. There was no insurance on the vessel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1892