The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1893

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p.1 She Got Through - str. Pierrepont found ice stronger than expected, broke rudder post.

General Paragraphs - Capt. A.G. Thompson, who purchased the schr. Singapore, arrived today to fit her out. She will carry lumber on Georgian Bay.

p.2 editorial - Seeking A Pension - Capt. W.D. Andrews a native of Kingston, has saved sixty-nine people from drowning; became a sailor, then in command of the life-saving station, and finally got a position in post office, then lost sight.



The document, found in a bottle at Point Peninsula, stating that the schooner O.S. Storrs and most of the crew had been lost, is a hoax.

The Storrs is owned by Capt. John Yott, late of Wolfe Island. Capt. Yott is well known here, and there was quite a laugh among old mariners when told the story. The Storrs is at present frozen in the ice at Amherst Island. Breck & Booth have been negotiating for a charter the past couple of days. Capt. Yott has had many experiences and sailed thirty years ago on the schr. Tranchmontagne for the Folger Bros. B.W. Folger tells funny stories of the captain. Some thirty five years ago a vessel on which the captain was sailing got into trouble off South Bay Point and went down in the lake. R. Davis, of the dry dock, was on the schooner, and that gentleman owes his present existence, so the story goes, to Capt. Yott. The latter pulled Mr. Davis through a hole in the cabin as the vessel was sinking. Capt. Yott barely became a very wealthy man. A good many years ago he traded his farm for the site now converted into the famous Ontario beach, Charlotte. The property is valued at $150,000 today. Through a slight technicality the deal did not materialize. Capt. Yott's friends in Kingston are glad to know of his safety.


The Garden Island fleet will leave for the west on Wednesday.

The grain, stored in the schr. White Oak all winter, will be taken out of her on Tuesday.

Sailors are scarce at this port now, and it will be difficult to get a sufficient number to handle the local fleet.

The str. Armenia, of Garden Island, will tow, this season, the schr. Valencia and a new barge built at the island during the winter months.

This morning about twenty eight sailors left for Garden Island to man the boats there. Some were natives of the city, but the majority came from Quebec.

The M.T. Co.'s new steamer Bannockburn will be launched between the 15th and 20th of April. Her engines are afterwards to be inserted. She will leave England for Canada about the middle of May.

John Matthews, (colored) steamboat engineer, refused to work this season on the str. Mansfield at Ottawa, because she would be in service on Sundays. He has engaged with Capt. Dix to run the engine on the str. Lorelei.

The strong wind which blew from the south west on Saturday afternoon opened the ice in the harbor near the islands. It is expected that in the course of a few days the ice will be driven down the river. The Pierrepont started today for Wolfe Island.

April 11, 1893



W. Cockburn & Sons are building a large wrought iron pipe for the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company at Portsmouth. The pipe will be used in connection with an elevator.

When the steamer Pierrepont reached Garden Island last evening her rudder was badly damaged and it had to be unshipped. The boat arrived at the ferry wharf at four o'clock this morning.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1893