The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1893

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The M.T. Co. is pushing the erection of a new barge. The boat will have a capacity of 55,000 bushels and will be a sister ship of the schr. Winnipeg. The company will employ 200 men in the shipyard during the winter. On account of the big rush this year many of the barges have been unable to have necessary repairs done them and accordingly will have to be attended to this winter.



Gallant Conduct of the Life-Boat Crew in Saving the White Oak.

There was great excitement on Saturday when it became evident that a schooner was in imminent danger of being driven ashore and wrecked, but for the timely assistance of our life-boat crew. On Saturday the White Oak of Kingston, Capt. Quinn, was caught in the fierce gale, and endeavored to enter our harbor for shelter. The schooner was carrying a load of coal from Oswego to Toronto. A heavy sea was rolling and a strong gale blowing from the west, which caused her to miss the pier and drift away. She went eastward of the lighthouse pier and the sailors let go both anchors, but she was dragging and would have gone ashore at Boulton's Point had it not been for the timely assistance of the Cobourg life-boat crew, who within ten minutes from the time that she let go her anchors were aboard the drifting schooner. Capt. Daniel Rooney, sr., was in command of the life boat and the following gallant crew accompanied him, and braved the angry waves: Capt. Daniel Rooney, sr., Capt. James Slammon and Messrs. Owen Markey, sr., Owen Markey, jr., Thomas Hart and John Davis. On going to the rescue they found that the vessel was drifting helplessly towards the beach. They secured the lifeboat at the stern of the schooner and proceeded to make canvas on her. They then shipped one anchor and hoved the other, and stood the vessel out in the lake for about two miles. Then they put her about and fetched Cobourg harbor and got in safely. The government tug helped to tow the schooner to the pier, when she had made the harbor.

Each pier was lined with people who fully expected that the White Oak would go ashore and be wrecked. Loud was their praise of the ready response of the brave life-boat crew. One of the spectators, Daniel Donegan, of Los Angeles, Cal., was so pleased with the plucky conduct of the life boat crew that he immediately presented them with $20, telling them that he was proud of them.

We trust the dominion government will officially recognize the gallant conduct of Capt. Rooney and his lifesaving crew and speedily reward them for their praiseworthy action. Surely the marine department of Canada will not permit an American citizen from California to outdo them as the rewarder of brave men, who showed themselves willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to save others and their property. [Cobourg World]



The str. Magnet had a large cargo of freight down from Hamilton yesterday.

The schr. Annie Falconer has cleared for Oswego with lumber and will return with coal.

The schrs. Ella Murton and Fleetwing are still awaiting charters. These vessels have been here nearly a month now.

The str. Arabian will arrive here tomorrow and will lighten 20,000 bushels of wheat previous to proceeding to Montreal.

The str. Ralph and barge were relieved of their cargoes of 100,000 bushels of grain within 24 hours of their arrival.

The prop. Elfinmere, Chicago to Kingston, corn; str. Rosedale, Fort William to Kingston, wheat, passed Port Colborne last night.

The str. Glengarry and schr. Minnedosa arrived from Fort William today, having made the round trip in fifteen days. The vessels had 85,000 bushels of wheat and made fast time.

The schr. Dunn had a good trip down from Toledo. This is the vessel's seventh trip this season, which is far ahead of last season's work. The Dunn will make at least one trip more this season.

The str. Hall's cargo of 700 tons of flour for the K. & M. F. Co. was something new in the shipping line. This is the first time flour has been transhipped here. The flour goes to Montreal and from there to Liverpool.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1893