The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1893

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Today Capt. Donnelly left for Picton and Deseronto on an inspection tour.

The str. Rosedale, Chicago to Kingston, corn, passed Port Colborne last night.

The dredge Queen left for Bath today where she will work for some time in deepening the harbor.

Arrivals: str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Hall, Montreal, general cargo; str. Butteroni, Chicago, 39,000 bush. corn;

The schr. Annie Falconer has been expected for several days. She has loaded coal at Charlotte for James Swift & Co.

Yesterday the tug Hall and barge Star went to the relief of the str. Butteroni ashore near Amherst Island. Men worked all night and early this morning the steamer floated off and was unloaded here today.

Clearances: schr. Vance, Cape Vincent, potatoes and lumber; schr. Kate Eccles, Fairhaven, light; schr. Fabiola, Oswego, light; tug Col. By with barges Thistle and Minnie, Cape Vincent, cedar posts and railroad ties; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, lumber; schr. B.W. Folger, Sodus Point, light.

T. Donnelly states that Canadian vessels should make money this year. The schooners plying between Kingston and Oswego are being kept busy as the past winter, being a severe one, the large stock of coal taken in last year was entirely exhausted. The freights between Oswego and Hamilton are better than they have been for years; last year 25 cents was given while now boats are receiving 35 cents per ton. To Toronto the rate has been increased to 28 cents. The freight to Kingston from Oswego remains the same, 25 cents, but vessels can make money at this if delays are not caused.

p.4 Three Sailors Drowned - Ashtabula, May 18th - The schr. Pelican, loaded with ore, sank off the pier last night. Three of the crew were drowned.


Conneaut, Ohio, May 18th - The worst storm of years raged yesterday. Ten people were drowned by the capsizing of a tug and a dredge in the harbor. A three masted schooner was seen to go down in the lake. The lakeshore docks at Ashtabula are six feet under water and 16 vessels are likely to be driven out into the lake.


Charlotte, N.Y., May 18th - The schr. Vienna, from Oswego for Toronto, went ashore at Manitou beach last night, and will be a total loss. Her captain, David Ewart, cannot be found, but it is not thought he was drowned. Three schooners have gone ashore while under his command in the past two years.

Found A Watery Grave.

Cleveland, May 18th - The crew of the life-saving station started out in the lake yesterday to rescue two men in a skiff. From some unknown cause the life-boat was capsized and the entire crew but one were drowned. A tug started out when the disaster was seen, but could not reach the spot in time. It is believed the men in the skiff were also lost.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1893