The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Oct 1893

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The sloop Laura D. cleared for Cape Vincent with shingles today.

The schr. Grantham was unloaded yesterday. The vessel has no charter at present.

The M.T. Co.'s new barge is almost in frame. The boat will not be launched until next spring.

The str. Bannockburn passed the Soo yesterday morning. She will not be here for four or five days.

Arrivals: tug Walker, Montreal, five barges; str. Acadia, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; schr. Fleetwing, Sodus Point.

The tug Hall with a tow of five barges left for Montreal. The str. Monohansett and barge Aberdeen have at last got off for the upper lakes.

The tug Thompson left the government dry-dock today. She had a wheel attached which was broken by striking a rock in the Cornwall canal.

Capt. Fleming, of schr. Glenora fame, has escaped the lake storms this season. The captain has been on the schr. Winnipeg engaged on the river route all year.

Capt. Dix is not sure that he will make another trip to Toledo this fall. The Dunn came over from Garden Island last night. She was well sheltered from the storm.

The str. North King was in Port Hope during the recent gale. She did not move out until yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock when she proceeded across the lake.

Capt. Dix was well acquainted with Capt. Goddard, of the unfortunate str. Goddard, that foundered up the lake in the recent gale. Capt. Goddard was a fine man.

The Donnelly Wrecking and Salvage company has been engaged to liberate the steambarge Hecla ashore at Wellington. The str. Chieftain took the wrecking apparatus up last night.

While the storm was raging on Saturday the schr. Ella Murton was laying at the water works dock and pounded hard. The waves washed over her at times, but she stood it well. After the gale it was found that the only injury done her was the scraping of paint off her side. No timbers were broken. The experience explodes the idea that she is old and not seaworthy.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived from Sodus Point this morning. Capt. Shaw met Capt. Bates over there and when the Fleetwing left the B.W. Folger had loaded with coal. The Folger had a thrilling experience during the storm. Capt. Bates has been out in many a gale but none to equal the severity of Friday night. The Folger was actually swept over the piers at Sodus, a miracle to mariners. There is about two feet of water on the piers and the mountainous waves carried the schooner slick and clean over the top without scraping her bottom. The Folger, light, draws five or six feet so that the activity of the water can best be imagined. The Folger lost her gaff topsail, but that is about the only damage.

Sanford Calvin telegraphed the Soo this morning for tidings of the steamer D.D. Calvin and her tow. Much concern is felt here for the boats, and the opinions expressed by mariners differ very much. Some think that there was a poor show for the Calvin and her barges, while Capt. Dix and others, who are thoroughly acquainted with the coast have little fears of the boats' safety. There are many places the Calvin could put in for shelter, and it is thought this is what she has done. Hiram Calvin, M.P., was in Chicago taking in the fair when he heard the report of the disaster, and immediately made preparations for home. Mr. Calvin had intended to remain a week longer at the fair. He will arrive this afternoon. It is said the Chicago papers had lengthy despatches about the Calvin, and it was this that sent Mr. Calvin to Kingston. The officeers of the str. Calvin are Capt. Malone and Mate Sadille, Kingston; Capt. Simmons, Kingston, and mate Horatio Smith, Garden Island, sail the Ceylon, and Capt. F. Rogey and Mate Ferguson are on the barge Augusta. A. DeForge, F. Lambert and J. Sullivan are among the crews of the boats.

Later - The Calvin and consorts arrived safely at Sault Ste. Marie last night, at eleven o'clock.

The Folger Sailed Back.

The schr. B.W. Folger arrived from Big Sodus at noon, today, with a load of coal. The Folger lost her gaff topsail and flying jib, but sailed over without them. Capt. Bates just escaped a collision with the str. Hecla, Friday night. The Hecla was headed straight for the Folger until close by. Capt Bates tore a sheet in two, saturated it with oil and set fire to it, and in this way attracted the steamer's attention.

The schr. Falconer is hard on the shore. There is only 1 1/2 feet of water at her bow and her stern is up on shore.

General Paragraphs - The str. North King, for the balance of the season, will continue her Monday morning trip to Port Hope, leaving there at 9:45 a.m. and arriving at Charlotte at 3 p.m. instead of crossing from Brighton direct. The last trip from Kingston and Bay of Quinte ports will be made on Sunday, 29th inst.



How The Dean Richmond Was Lost In The Hurricane.

Washed From The Wreck.

Dunkirk, Oct. 17th - Only one man escaped from the lost Dean Richmond and he was found on the beach near Van Buren Point yesterday. His haggard face and sunken eyes told a story of terrible suffering. He was aimlessly wandering up and down the beach, and when spoken to burst into tears and said he was looking for his dog. He was questioned and said he had been washed off the Richmond and was unquestionably the only man saved from the vessel. After he had been cared for and given stimulants he recovered sufficiently to tell the story of the awful last hours of the steamer. He said his name was C.L. Clarke and he shipped in Toledo just before the Richmond sailed. "There were nineteen in the Richmond's crew," he said, "besides Capt. Stoddart, his wife and three children. We left Toledo at six o'clock Friday night and sailed along all right until we got into the gale on Saturday. It struck us hard from the very start, but if we had had good luck we would have weathered the storm and been safe in port in Buffalo at this minute.

"We tried to get into Erie harbor, but could not on account of the choppy sea and then Capt. Stoddart decided to make the run to Buffalo if he could. We were not in very bad shape then, although we were badly wrenched by the heavy seas which struck us as it seemed from all sides. About 2 p.m., after matters had grown worse right along, we sighted a couple of steamers. They were quite a distance away, but we signalled them for assistance. They either did not see us or could not get to us. They went right along, fighting their way into the storm, headed towards Buffalo. The waves ran over our decks and everything moveable was swept overboard. The captain's wife and children were locked up in the cabin for safety and the crew were working for their lives on deck. An hour later we had lost a mast and smokestack. Then we continued to drift along at the mercy of the wind and waves. About seven o'clock in the evening the wheel-house was washed away. The rudder and wheel were broken and we were badly crippled. We were then about fifteen miles from shore and after considerable work managed to set the rudder so we could make for the shore. The captain had made up his mind to run for the shore and beach his vessel. He made fair headway with a hard fight and began to get things ready to get out in the yawl boat with the captain's wife and children. I went back to see the captain, and just before I reached him a big wave struck us and I was carried overboard.

"This must have been about eleven o'clock. I gave myself up for lost when I found myself in the water. I kept sight of the Richmond lights for some time and saw her drifting down the lake, turning and twisting in every direction. Then I lost consciousness and did not know anything until I found myself lying on the beach near a town which I found out was Silver Creek. When I came to myself I went into the town. I had some money and got something to eat, found out where I was, and then came here to find out what had become of the steamer. I heard this morning that she had gone down, and then I came over here and tried to find the boat and my dog."

Clarke insisted on continuing his search for his pet and a mile or two up the shore an overturned yawl from the Richmond was found. Clarke saw it, jumped forward and threw it over. Inside, tied to the seat, was the dead body of the dog.

Lost In Lake Superior.

Chicago, Oct. 17th - A despatch announces that the schooner Annie Sherwood was found waterlogged in Lake Superior near White Fish Point by the schooner Sitka. Capt. Louis Guthrie of Chicago and seaman James Cousins had died of exposure. Mate Thomas Randall and steward Thomas Roundtree, both of Chicago, were badly injured by the flying wreckage. They were taken to Sault Ste. Marie. The Sitka lost her consort Wadena at the foot of Isle Royale Saturday afternoon. The schooner was last sighted near Keewenaw Point. She may be safe under the point. The steamer Gratwick lost her schooner The Georges off Vermillion on Saturday, and it is believed by the crew of the steamer that the schooner went ashore near Sand Islands.

Much anxiety is felt for the steamer White Friant. She left Washburn Friday morning with the Neil and Sherwood in tow. The Neil is believed to be sheltered in Walsti bay but not a word of information can be obtained concerning the White Friant.

Fourteen Drowned.

Port Rowan, Oct. 17th - On Saturday afternoon the steam barge Wocoken, with her consort, Joe Page, from Cleveland, laden with coal for Milwaukee, was caught in the gale off Rondeau and driven eastward. When within a few miles of Long Point the consort was cut loose and the barge was turned towards shore, but she foundered and sank in ten fathoms of water four miles west of here and about two miles from shore, at ten o'clock at night.

The crew consisted of seventeen persons, fourteen of whom were swept off the deck while preparing to launch their small boat. The other three climbed the main mast, where they remained a few feet above the water. One of the survivors made a desperate effort to save the captain's wife, and had almost dragged her into the rigging when a wave swept her out of his hands.

The news of the disaster reached here about 8 o'clock Sunday morning and the lifeboat crew was instantly mustered. The boat, after riding a few of Lake Erie's terrific waves, met one exceptionally heavy which swept Captain McCall into the lake. With great difficulty he was recovered. Several oars being broken necessitated the return of the crew to land. Two hours afterwards another effort was made which proved successful. The gallant boat, pushed by her noble crew, reached the submerged craft in about an hour and a half and carried successfully to land the three wretched survivors, who were J.A. Rice, of Cleveland, Robert Cowding of Delaware, and J.P. Saps, who had given up all hopes of ever being rescued in such a terrific gale.

An Unknown Wreck.

Port Colborne, Oct. 17th - The tugs Inez and Mary, which went to Long Point to assist the barge Whitaker, ashore there, returned yesterday afternoon, having found another steamer assisting the Whitaker. On their way back they picked up the str. Doty, which was disabled, and towed her to Buffalo. They report passing a sunken three-masted schooner about seven miles off this port, only the topmasts sticking out of the water. One was flying a piece of oil clothing as a signal of distress. They could find nothing of the crew, and took the vessel to be the F.C. Leighton or the Typo.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Oct 1893