The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Nov 1892

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Much Alarm Created by Unfounded Reports as to the Schooner Glenora.

An evidence of the exaggerating powers of some people is apparent from the reports relative to the safety of the schooner Glenora, which became current on the streets last night. Everyone seemed to have heard that the vessel had foundered on Lake Superior, but the source of the information was a conundrum to all. Some went so far as to circulate the supposition that Capt. Gaskin had been the recipient of such news. Enquiry at headquarters this morning elicited much different information however. The manager of the M.T. Co., had received a telegram from Sault Ste. Marie, Saturday afternoon, stating that the str. Alberta, just arrived there, had sighted the schr. Glenora off Cariboo Island, and that the schooner was reported as all right. From the composition of the message it would seem that the Alberta had communication with the Glenora, but still could not render any assistance. The vessel was not making any water, and the Alberta believed she was in no immediate danger. She was still possessed of her sails. When seen by the Alberta the Glenora was about twenty miles south of Manitoulin Island and consequently not in a very dangerous part of the lake. She was headed for White Fish Point, but had nearer harbours than this should the wind not admit of her proceeding there. When acquainted with the particulars old mariners along the wharves had hopes of the Glenora's safety. The conclusion is that she has been in much worse boxes before and great confidence was felt in Capt. Fleming, who, in such times of peril has proven himself a worthy mariner. This is the fourth time the present season that the Glenora has broken away on the upper lakes.

A despatch received by Capt. Gaskin yesterday, stated that the tug Walker had returned to the Soo after scouting up the south shore without running across the Glenora. Upon the receipt of the news about the Alberta sighting the Glenora Capt. Gaskin immediately wired the Walker to go in search at once, also engaging the tug Rockaby to do likewise. Now that the vessel has been located the manager has little fear of her safety.

The Glenora Mishap - It was off Lizard Island on Lake Superior that the schr. Glenora broke away from the tug Walker. For seven hours the crew could not get from forward to aft on account of the terrific sea breaking over the boat. S. Burke, of Kingston, first mate, who attempted to go aft, was caught by a sea and carried into the lee bulwarks, breaking his leg below the knee.

When visited at three o'clock this afternoon, the management of the M.T. Co., said that no word was expected until tomorrow at the earliest. The tugs Walker and Rockaby left Sault Ste. Marie last night, and are expected to meet with the Glenora almost fifty miles above White Fish point, or ninety miles from the Soo. It is now eleven years since the M.T. Co. lost any of their sailors by drowning, when the barge Milwaukee foundered on Lake Ontario, and all hands were lost. Nothing was ever found of the wreck.

General Paragraphs - On Saturday the str. Varuna ran into the Bay of Quinte bridge, Belleville, carrying away her side paddle boxes and badly damaging her top works. The Annie Gilbert, in winter quarters, sprung a leak and settled on her side.

The reason the str. Alberta could not assist the schr. Glenora when sighted off Cariboo Island was on account of her having no tow line.


Navigation between Smith's Falls and Ottawa has closed for the season.

Arrivals: tug Active, Oswego, Kildonan, 1,000 tons of coal for the M.T. Co.

The steambarge Quebec arrived from Cape Vincent light today. She went over with lumber.

The schr. B.W. Folger is at Charlotte, loaded with coal for Swift & Co., awaiting weather to get over.

The str. Cuba and Ocean reported at Swift's dock this morning. Both vessels are on their last trip and will lay up at Port Dalhousie.

The Myles, Capt. W. Scott, from Port Arthur, laden with 40,000 bushels of grain for Ogilvie and Hutchison's mill, is unloading at the G.T.R. elevator, Goderich.

p.4 Toronto Sailor Brought In Dead - Escanaba, Mich., Nov. 21st - Steamer Iron Age and consort came in yesterday to land the body of John Wright, a seaman, who was caught in a rope by jibing of foresail, and died before he could be reached. He was a Canadian and leaves a wife in Toronto.

The Steamer Pontiac Safe - Au Train, Mich., Nov. 21st - The steamer Pontiac, which left Marquette for Sault Ste. Marie, Thursday night in the heavy storm then prevailing and whose non-appearance since then has caused considerable anxiety, is sheltered in Grand Island harbor. She made the harbor in safety Thursday and has been waiting there since for the gale to abate.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Nov 1892