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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Nov 1892

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She Is At Marais Harbor - The Crew Safe and the Cargo Damaged.

No news of the missing schr. Glenora was received at the M.T. Co's office yesterday, and the management was unable to give any information when seen by a reporter this morning. If not heard of before tomorrow it will then have been a week since the vessel broke adrift. Seven days in a storm on Lake Superior in a helpless condition is an experience few mariners of this port have encountered and great sympathy is felt for the unfortunate sailors. The crew of the Glenora consists of Capt. Fleming; Steve Tyo, mate; T. Powers, Joseph Sullivan, brother-in-law of the captain; Mr. O'Neil and a Frenchman from Quebec, are the sailors. Annie Bradshaw is cook. Miss Bradshaw has been on the Glenora the two years Capt. Fleming has been in charge, having been with him a year before that on the barge Jennie.

Later - The welcome news of the Glenora's safety reached Kingston, this morning, and, needless to say, five minutes after the tidings came the information was in everybody's mouth. The telegram was received at the M.T. Co's office at 10:30 o'clock from Harvey's marine bureau:

"Glenora to anchor at Point Marais; crew ashore waiting for tugs to come; wheat badly damaged; tugs not likely to look for her there; think you better send tug from here. Answer quick."

Reference to a chart of Lake Superior showed that Point Marais is a harbor probably about fifty miles west of White Fish Point, or perhaps forty miles in a direct southern course from Cariboo Island, near where the Glenora was sighted by the str. Alberta.

Capt. Peters, of the schr. Kildonan, who has sailed around that place for a great number of years, says there is a sand bar leading to the harbor at Point Marais where there is only about eleven feet of water. The Glenora must be outside this bar, he thinks, as she is drawing thirteen feet. There is first-class anchorage outside, however, with probably 100 fathoms of water. Inside the bar there is seven fathoms of water. The last time he was there the only signs of habitation about the point was a saw mill and a lumber yard a couple of miles inland. He did not think there was a telegraph office there but Capt. Gaskin differs with him on that point. There is a railroad a short distance off and a message could be sent from that place. The manager claims that not one boat out of a thousand would have stood the knocking about the Glenora must have experienced. "She's a dandy and don't you forget it," remarked the captain.

The fact of the steamer Alberta being unable to get near the Glenora on account of the sea and also the tugs Walker, Merrick and Brockway being wind-bound is sufficient proof of the roughness of the lake. In the history of the M.T. Co. never before was one of the company's boats loose on the lake for a week. He thinks the Glenora maintained her sails. He cited the instance when the schr. Atlanta foundered in Lake Superior an hour after she broke loose from the tow. This return message was sent to the Soo: "If tug Walker has not returned better engage tug at reasonable rate and send her to Glenora. Tug must take hawser."

The tug Merrick, of Sault Ste. Marie, received orders today to go after the boat.


Tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with seven light barges.

The barge Kingston will be towed to Adolphustown to load pressed hay for Kingston.

The prop. Algonquin is in the canal en route for Kingston with wheat for the M.T. Co. She comes from Fort William.

The schr. Minnedosa, in Lake Erie today, is bound for Kingston. She is in tow of the tug Thompson.

The M.T. company's shovellers have had a good season this year and during the six months have averaged $70 per month. They have still a couple of weeks to put in.

John Orton Saunders, shoveller, is a young looking man for forty-five years of age. Since eleven years old he has been earning his own living, and during that time has seen some rough times on the lake.

A mariner said, last night, that the Montreal transportation company should have withdrawn the schr. Glenora from the lake trade when it was found she could not be towed in a storm. They have ample proof of this.

On Monday the steambarge Iona left Oswego, light, for Belleville. When out about a mile she signalled for help. She got into the trough of the sea helplessly and the wind drove her along rapidly toward the beach. The tug Ferris started and soon had her in tow. No damage resulted.

To Repair A Boat - The prop. Alma Munro, Montreal, transferred her cargo consisting of 1,800 barrels of sugar to the prop. Cuba, at this port, today, and will return to Montreal again to lay up. The sugar is for Toronto. The Munro will have a new boiler built this winter together with numerous repairs done to her hull. Thomas Milne, of this city, is engineer of the Munro and will be engaged most of the winter superintending the repairs at Montreal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Nov 1892