The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1893

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p.1 The Vessel Pulled Off - Alexandria Bay, Oct. 27th - The schooner Hoboken, containing 20,000 bushels of wet corn, which went ashore in the Narrows two miles above here on Tuesday evening last, was taken to Ogdensburg this morning in tow of the tug Petrel.



The str. St. Lawrence will not be dry-docked until spring.

The survey of str. Hecla, in dry-dock here, fixed her damages at $10,979.

The prop. Escanaba, Chicago to Kingston, corn, passed Port Colborne last night.

The prop. Morley and barge Ewen, will clear for Oswego to load coal for the upper lakes as soon as the wind subsides.

The tugs Thompson and Glide, with eight loaded barges for Montreal, have cleared. The Walker went down with four last night.

The schr. Folger is loading lumber at the spile dock for Oswego. Capt. Bates may think himself lucky, considering his recent exploits, for not being out in last night's gale.

Arrivals: prop. Inter-Ocean and schr. Winslow, Chicago, 96,000 bushels of corn; tug Thompson, Oswego, two barges coal; str. Tilley and barge Merritt, Chicago, corn; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

The barge Craftsman is in Davis' dry-dock being caulked and is also having some new planking put in. The barge will afterwards load soapstone at Portland for Montreal and will be towed by the tug Maggie May. The tug's other barge, Peruvian, will load coal for Smith's Falls. The barges and tug are owned by Capt. Smith.

There was quite a heavy gale on Lake Ontario last night and vessels out had all they could do to keep their course. The str. Tilley arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock at nine o'clock this morning without her barge. The wind was so strong the steamer had to drop the vessel outside the Ducks as she could not steer. The Merritt had lots of canvass, however, being a full rigged schooner except the topsails, and had no trouble in reaching Kingston. She arrived an hour afterwards.

The str. Hoboken, aground near Alexandria Bay, is in a bad shape and will be almost a total wreck. Capt. Graham claims the wind left him and the current carried him on the point. The Hoboken ran on the point at Seven Isles between Surveyor's Island and Rose Island cottage. On account of being such an old vessel it did not take much to knock her out. The corn swelled, snapped the timbers and strained her deck severely. At one section the deck is raised on a level with the rail. A big crack runs half the length of her. The cargo of 21,000 bushels of corn was consigned to Rhody, Ball & Co.'s flour mill, Ogdensburg. The vessel was valued at $6,000 and insured for $4,000, $2,000 with Smith & Davis, Buffalo, and $2,000 with the Detroit Fire Marine Co. The Hoboken was built in 1867 by Samuel Johnson, and since that time has been rebuilt many times. She was first a fore and aft, but was later converted into a three-master. Her present owners are Capt. Graham and George Reid, Sackett's Harbor. Her cargo is now being removed, when the schooner will be towed to Ogdensburg. John Cornwall has made an offer for a portion of the cargo. The entire cargo, with the exception of about 2,000 bushels, is damaged. The corn is now being unloaded into the barge Neilson and will be taken to Ogdensburg. As the damage exceeds fifty per cent of the value it will be to the insurance companies benefit to take over the boat. It would cost more to put her in shape. The insurance men will then, no doubt, sell her for a barge. The Pierrepont, with Donnelly's apparatus, returned last night. The tug Petrel is still working on her.

Oct. 28, 30, 31, 1893


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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1893