The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1893

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Word was received at this port this morning that the schr. Hoboken had run aground near Alexandria Bay. It is not known in what condition the vessel is, but it is feared she is hard on. As Donnelly's wrecking apparatus was telegraphed for, it is quite probable that the schooner has sprung a leak. The Hoboken is owned by Capt. Graham, who sails her, and others. She had a cargo of corn from Toledo and was en route for Edwardsburg to discharge her cargo at the starch company's dock. The Hoboken was built at Clayton in 1868 (1888 ?) by Thomas Martin and others. Mr. Martin sold out his share before his death. The vessel is classed A-2 and is registered 210 tons. She would probably have 22,000 bushels of corn. Capt. Graham belongs to Henderson Harbor, but is well-known here. The Hoboken has often been to this port. She had numerous repairs done last winter. Capt. Dix, of the schr. Dunn, sailed on her one year and found her a staunch craft. The vessel went on in a bad place. There is little more than a channel for schooners at this port and it is thought the captain made a slight mistake.

The tug Petrel afterwards received word to go to the wreck. The telegram came from Smith & Davis, insurance agents, of Buffalo. This order will cause a conflict. The Donnelly Co. got the order from the captain, but it seems the insurance men have the say.

The recent storms and their effects awakened mariners to the necessity of establishing some sort of weather bureau here. At all lake ports of importance on the American side such a system is in operation and vessel men are greatly convenienced by the same. As it is in Kingston captains have no other warning than the hoisting of the storm drum indicating a gale from a certain direction. If a vessel was to follow this signal every time it would lose many a trip that could be made if full information was obtainable. The storm predicted may not reach Kingston until eight or ten hours after the storm drum has been raised. A vessel in readiness for Sodus or Oswego with a favorable wind could very easily reach her destination before the wind interfered.

Capt. T. Taylor, inspector of hulls and a vessel owner, argues that a weather bureau should be established in connection with the customs house, where full information of all predicted storms could be obtained. In Oswego such a bureau is in existence, and captains are told whether it is possible to make certain trips before the storm strikes that station. Capt. Bates, of the schr. B.W. Folger, was sailing with a steamer whose captain remained in port five days waiting for a storm. Such delay meant money to a vessel. Capt. Taylor also claims that the storm drum should be hoisted either at the end of Swift's dock or on top of the coal elevator. It could then be seen from any point along the water's edge.

The schr. B.W. Folger had a lively time crossing the lake last night. While citizens delighted in the beautiful clear moon last night quite a high wind was raging on Lake Ontario. The Folger came from Sodus and made the trip in a little over six hours. Often during the trip the vessel's deck was hid from view and Capt. Bates says one wave came over his bow the full length of the vessel and struck him back at the wheel. Capt. Bates has been out in every big blow this season and has been lucky to escape damage. He had all canvass on last night except the topsail.

The tug Thompson started for Oswego with a couple of light barges last night, but the captain changed his mind and dropped anchor off the dry-dock. The wind was too high on the lake. The tow laid here until early this morning when a start was made.

The strs. Islander, Pierrepont and Maud have already been hauled out at Davis' dry-dock and the probabilities are that the str. St. Lawrence will be the next. The boats are docked every two years for inspection.

The str. St. Magnus, reported at Port Colborne last night, bound from Fort William to Montreal with wheat, will lighten a quantity of her cargo here.

Prop. Morley and barge Ewing; str. Inter-Ocean and barge Wilson, Chicago to Kingston, corn, passed Port Colborne last night.

Arrivals: str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Corsican, Montreal; schr. B.W. Folger, Sodus Point, coal.

The str. Bannockburn has left Fort William with another load of grain for Kingston.

p.2 TALKING ABOUT BOATS - Recalling Those Of Old Time On Lake Ontario - mentions many boats between 1841 and 1847 on Lake Ontario. (full column) [Toronto Telegram]

p.4 A Menace To Other Vessels - Cleveland, Oct. 25th - The exploring tug returned from a point 25 miles northeast, where the schooner Riverside was found sunk in thirteen fathoms with her entire crew of seven. She evidently foundered with all sails set. The wreck is extremely dangerous to passing vessels.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1893