The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The survey of the Bay of Quinte has been completed from the Murray canal to the Brother's Islands. It is the only thorough survey of the bay ever made.


Richardson & Son will load a barge with 5,000 bushels of peas for Montreal.

The steamer Corsican will take the place of the steamer Magnet, receiving a new wheel.

The steamer Bohemian will arrive today from Montreal, and on her return will go into winter quarters.

Arrivals: str. Columbian, Montreal, to lay up; schr. B.W. Folger, Sodus Point, 210 tons of coal; prop. Ocean, Hamilton; prop. Persia, Montreal; str. North King, Charlotte; prop. Cuba, Montreal; str. Bohemian, Montreal; tug Thompson and five barges, Montreal.

When the steam barge Colonial struck the shoal at Pigeon Island she ran over the rocks and worked off after breaking her forefoot and losing her rudder. For a time she was afloat, and had a tug been handy she could have been pulled away. She drifted on the rocks again.

This morning the prop. St. Magnus, from Montreal, sailed into Swift's dock. Ahead of her was the steamer Columbian. The crew of the St. Magnus threw out the lines, but they were not tightened quick enough and the propeller crashed into the Columbian's stern doing injuries that will cost $500 to repair.

Yesterday afternoon the tug Active went out to the steambarge Colonial, ashore near Pigeon Island. The Active had Mr. McLeod, representative of the underwriters, on board, and he intended to get on the barge, but the water was so rough the Active could not get close enough. The Colonial was rocking and waves were rolling over her. It is feared she will be a total loss if the wind does not moderate.


Leamington, Oct. 7th - The terrible gale of last night drove the schooner David Stewart, of Port Huron, ashore on the west side of Point Pelee about seven miles down the shore from here. She is about 250 yards from the shore, with her decks under water and five men, a small boy, and a woman clinging to the rigging. Those on shore say she is liable to go to pieces any moment.

Another vessel, name unknown, is about one and a half miles out with fore-top and jib-booms carried away. Although examined with a glass, there are no signs of life. She is, however, probably all right at anchor. Both vessels lay at anchor yesterday, and were seen until eleven o'clock last night, when their lights went out and nothing more could be seen until daylight this morning. It was impossible to go to their assistance as a terrible sea was running, and there were no lifeboats nor any life saving apparatus here.

The wrecking tug Home Rule, from Amherstburg, started to the assistance of the vessels this morning, but before she reached them the steamer Louise rescued those on board of the schr. David Stewart.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1893