The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1892

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It is said that Capt. Andrew Miller will be given command of the str. Sylvan Stream.

The schr. White Oak arrived from Oswego today with 300 tons of coal for Breck & Booth.

The tug Thompson left for Montreal this morning with four barges of wheat, the cargo of the schr. Minnedosa.

The str. Owen Sound is expected to arrive in Oswego today. She will then come to Kingston to lay up.

Capt. McMaugh says the cold was very piercing on Lake Ontario yesterday. It was as cold as he ever experienced.

The schr. Emma D. with lumber for Brockville was driven ashore on Stoney Island and will be left there until spring.

The prop. Tilley is expected to arrive today and the Rosedale tomorrow. Both steamers have grain for the M.T. Co.

The schr. Ceylon has arrived from Oswego, light, to lay up for the winter. She went over with lumber on the last trip.

Capt. W. Scott, of this city, had charge of the barge Freemason, which did business between Ottawa and Montreal this summer. The vessel had a profitable season.

A dispatch says the schr. Ella Murton, Capt. Saunders, of this city, cleared from Oswego today to load barley at Burlington and Oakville for Oswego. The Murton gets 3 1/2 cents per bushel.

The tug Thompson went down the river yesterday to meet the tug Bronson, en route up from Montreal with eleven barges. The Thompson took six of the barges and beat the Bronson to Kingston.

Capt. McMaugh went up by train and met the tug Thompson at Port Colborne on her trip up the last time. Capt. Murray, not being much acquainted with the upper lakes, Capt. McMaugh rendered valuable assistance. The Thompson was over four weeks on her trip to the Soo and return. On the down trip the tow had to lay over two nights on account of the blinding snowstorms.

The schr. Minnedosa arrived in tow of the Thompson, yesterday morning, with 60,000 bush. wheat, and Capt. Geoghegan has indeed a romantic tale to tell of the big storms on Lake Superior where the schr. Glenora broke adrift. He says the best instance of the mountainous sea he can give is to cite the fact that the str. E.C. Pope, of Detroit, considered one of the best and fastest steel steamers on the upper lakes, was obliged to run in behind Cariboo Island on the memorable night of the Glenora's adventure and remain dodging about there all night. Capt. Geoghegan had been trading on Lake Superior for the past eleven years and never saw the like of it. The human mind can never describe the misery the crew of the Glenora went through. The Glenora's tow line was a nine inch rope, thicker than the lines usually used. The line snapped like a thread, but with a report like a cannon. It was 900 feet long and broke near the centre. Capt. Geoghegan says during the thirty-two days of his trip he didn't see the sun over a dozen times. Stephen Burke, his mate, who had a leg broken during the gale, was left in a hospital at the Soo. He received a compound fracture and is in a painful condition. Burke was thrown into the lee scuppers and was there at least twenty minutes before any of the crew could get at him.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1892