The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1893

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The steamer Hecla, aground off Wellington, was towed into port this morning. The tug Petrel and str. Chieftain both did work on the job. The Petrel was obliged to dredge a channel for the steamer before she could be liberated. Both steamers then hooked on lines, and with a combined pull, eased her off. The Hecla is not in very bad shape, and it is a question whether the accident will come up to the average, that is the $3,500 cost necessary before the insurance company can be looked to. Capt. McLeod, Buffalo, has been representing the Smith & Davis Co. here and says the probability is that Mr. Hall will have to foot the bill. The Hecla has lost her shoe, but this was done after she had grounded. Her rudder is also gone. A couple of anchors and some chains also add to her loss. The vessel is leaking a little. Donnelly has one pump working on her.

The S.S. Bannockburn will arrive in Kingston tonight. She is reported as entering the canal at six o'clock last night. The Bannockburn was on Lake Superior on Saturday last during the big gale and braved the seas. No damage at all was done, and the manager of the company thinks that she is not only the staunchest Canadian boat, but can also hold her own against anything on the lakes from the Yankee side.

Capt. Taylor returned from the scene of the schr. Annie Falconer this morning. The vessel is hard on the shore at Wellers Bay and is in a perfectly safe condition. The captain finds that the vessel can be left where she is for the winter. In the spring the water will raise and the Falconer will be able to float off or else be heaved off with her own lines. There is not a drop of water in the schooner and she is tight as a cork.

The schr. Folger did not jump over the piers at Big Sodus recently. Capt. Bates knew a little channel between the shoal and the piers, and went this way. Mariners thought he had gone over the piers, and it was considered a wonder.

The str. D.D. Calvin makes another trip to Fort William as soon as unloading at Buffalo. She was chartered for two trips.

Capt. Towers arrived from Toronto this afternoon to superintend repairs to the steamer Magnet, now in the dry dock.

The tug Walker has cleared for Oswego to load coal for Kingston and Montreal.

The prop. Argonaut will clear today for Oswego to load coal for Chicago.

Capt. Hurley is laying up the steambarge Freemason.

p.3 Wolfe Island Budget - Oct. 17th - ....The scows Pilot and Maggie May loaded grain at R.G. Armstrong's dock for Richardson, of Kingston. The former brought a load of lumber, etc, to W.L. Allinson from Deseronto...

p.4 Incidents of the Day - James Cousins, on the schooner Annie Sherwood, found waterlogged near Whitefish Point by the steamer Sithka (Sitka ?). Capt. Guthrie (of Chicago) and Cousins had died of exposure. Two others were rescued in an injured condition.

Was The Benson Wrecked?

Port Colborne, Oct. 19th - A tug visited the sunken schooner off this harbor yesterday afternoon and reports her a three masted vessel, with the foremast broken off near the deck. The remaining masts are standing out of the water with mast heads painted black. The vessel carried a square sail. It is now supposed to be the schooner C.B. Benson, bound up from Buffalo. It was first supposed to have been the F.C. Leighton, but that schooner turned up in Pigeon Bay. There is no account as yet of the crew of the sunken vessel. All must have been lost.

The Benson was sailed by Capt. Duff and his son was mate. Capt. Duff took the Benson across the Atlantic several years ago and, after making a few foreign voyages, returned with her to the lakes and has been in command of her since. He was conceded by all marine men to be one of the best navigators on the lakes.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1893