The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1893

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p.1 The Body Recovered - The str. Telegram reports the schr. Sherwood ashore three miles above Otterhead, Lake Superior. The crew boarded her and found the body of James Cousins, who was pinioned under the cabin. The body was taken to the Soo and will be sent to his home at Amherst Island.

General Paragraphs - The str. Maud is in Davis' dry-dock being overhauled.

Off On A Trip - Capt. T. Donnelly received a telegram from the deputy minister of marine last night, instructing him to go to Kippeway, to inspect a tug. He had some little trouble in finding the place. It is in the North Bay section, but in order to get there the captain will have to go fifty or sixty miles in a canoe.


Describing The Storm The Rosedale Passed Through.

This morning James Norris, proprietor of the Ottawa hotel, received a letter from James Halpin, a member of the crew of the S.S. Rosedale. He gives full particulars of the experience of the steamer on Lake Superior. He writes:

"We did not expect to ever put our feet on land again, unless on the bottom of Lake Superior. We were thirty-six hours out in that north-west gale and got completely wrecked. Our lifeboats were washed overboard. One of them was washed back again and came down into the engine room, but did not hurt any one. A short time before this a wave struck the engine room skylights and broke them as if they were paper, and the whole frame work came down on the crew. The engine room had three feet of water in it for over six hours. The situation was made worse by the midship hatch being washed overboard, and the between decks then filled with water which came down the fire hold, and nearly put out the fires. The water washed the coal and ashes into the bilges and stopped the pumps. The water gained on the crew until the pumps were started. Five pumps were kept working all the time, and lifted over seventy-five tons of water per hour. The iron davits for the life-boats, made of four-inch round steel, were broken as easily as a match could be broken. I never saw such waves. They were mountains high. When on deck we could see big black mountains of water with white crests making for the steamer. When they fell on the boat we often thought she would sink under the pressure, but thank God we are safe. It was a strange sight to see all hands with life belts around them ready to jump into the angry waters at any moments. Half of the cargo was damaged. We passed a steam barge with two barges in tow. The last barge broke away and the master signalled the Rosedale for help but she could not go near her. Her crew had all they could do to keep her afloat. One thing was washed away and all hands were glad except the captain. The ice-box was washed away and in it was a lot of "salt-horse" and some Chicago butter that was to feed the men all fall. I guess it is feeding the fishes now. Everything on deck was cleaned away. She lost her fore staysail, mainsail and the foresail was split in two. The first mate was washed off the upper bridge and fell on the deck. He was picked up insensible. The waves were so high that they put out the mast-head light, and that's about thirty feet above the deck. During thirty-six hours the men did not sleep, and had not anything to eat only bread, and most of that was wet. I wish the boat was laid up as one of those nor'westers is enough for me."

Marine Intelligence.

The Cape boat is only making one trip a day now.

The steamer North King will go into winter quarters on Tuesday.

The storm drum is up indicating a moderate gale from the east.

The tugs Glide and Thompson have arrived with eight barges from Montreal.

The tug Glide is kept on the other end of the river on account of her being (a small

boat. ?)

The str. James Swift had all the freight she could carry up the canal from Ottawa this morning.

A syndicate is talked of in Westport to build and run tri-weekly a boat to Kingston next season.

The timber raft that went to pieces on Saturday shooting the Lachine rapids did not belong to Kingstonians.

The M.T. Co. will buy a greater quantity of timber this fall on account of the numerous repairs to be made to many of the barges.

The Collins Bay rafting company has loaned a pump from Mr. Davy, Quebec, until the pump, broken on the str. Colonial, is repaired.

George Hall, Ogdensburg, owner of the steam barge Hecla, is in the city. About forty men are engaged on the Hecla at the government dry-dock.

Last week Capt. Paul and the gang of divers, who were working on a shoal near Brockville, returned to the city. They will not resume work until next spring.

The steamer North King ran aground near Trenton, Sunday, having gone out of her course in a dense fog. The Hero pulled her off. No material damage was done.

The Kingston and Montreal forwarding company have been awarded the contract to make necessary repairs to the steamer Hecla, now in the dry-dock. The repairs will cost in the neighborhood of $8,000.

The str. Calvin and her consorts, Augusta and Ceylon, grain laden, in trying to enter Buffalo harbor without tugs, went on at the head at Niagara river, but released themselves after a day's work.

A barge of salt has arrived for the M.T. Co.'s own use. The barges are always "salted" in the winter and consequently are fresher in the spring than they were the year before. Brine is pumped into the frames of the barges.

p.4 Is The Riverside Found? - Cleveland, Oct. 24th - Capt. Joseph Single, of the fishing tug Roy, reports finding the three spars of a sunken vessel exposed twenty-five miles off this port. The spars have white-painted tops ornamented with gilt balls. J.M. Jones believes the foundered boat is the schr. Riverside, which has been missing since the storm of the 13th. A tug has gone out to make an investigation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1893