The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Nov 1893

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. Persia passed up this morning on her last trip. She lays up at St. Catharines for the winter.

p.2 The Late George Creighton - involved in newspaper business in Kingston, went steamboating and rose to captain of the str. John Counter, then bought Frontenac brewery from A. Livingston.

Nov. 7, 1893

p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. James Swift arrived in from Ottawa today.

Nov. 8, 1893

p.1 General Paragraphs - The tug Edmond is in with two barges of wood from Bedford Mills for Breck & Booth.

Twenty Lives Lost - North Bay, Nov. 8th - str. John Fraser burned to water's edge en route from Callendar to western end of Lake Nipissing.

p.4 Two Ships Sink - Sand Beach, Mich., Nov. 8th - The propeller Albany, of the Western Transit Co., loaded with grain, and propeller Phila, of the Anchor Line, loaded with coal and general merchandise, two of the largest freight boats on the lakes, collided off Point Aux Barques in the dense fog, and both sank shortly afterwards in 200 feet of water. Both crews got away in two small boats. One of them with both captains and 20 men reached shore at Point Aux Barques at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, but the other has not yet been heard from.

The Other Crew Lost - Sand Beach, Mich., Nov. 8th - The second small boat containing 25 men of the crews of the propellors Albany and Phila, which were in collisiion and sank, capsized and all were lost. Eleven bodies have been recovered by the life-saving crew at Point Aux Barques.


The str. Hero will go into winter quarters at the end of the month.

The str. Glengarry and the barge Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, passed Port Colborne last night.

The str. Hecla left the government dry-dock yesterday afternoon. The vessel was twenty days in the dock and had considerable improvements done her. The work will cost away up in the thousands, but the steamer has been turned out in as good shape as before the accident.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived last night from Big Sodus. Capt. Shaw had a pleasant sail over. The wind was blowing from the south. It was the finest sail he has had this year. Capt. Shaw says there is no coal at Sodus just now. The dealers do not care to keep coal in stock for fear of snow and cold weather. Consequently the coal is only shipped from the mines as the dealers order it. There will be little more if any coal carried from Sodus the rest of the season.

The survey, at Cleveland, of the str. Colonial, which was wrecked on Pigeon Island reef last month, and was abandoned to the underwriters as a total loss, has been completed. The steamer is again the property of the original owners, as the estimated figures of the surveyors fall several thousand dollars short of making her a constructive total loss. The estimated cost of repairs on the hull is $15,362.85 and on the machinery $4,650. Surveyors' fees are included in the above figures. The wrecking bill and temporary repairs at Kingston cost about $9,000, making the total loss $29,012.85, or about $7,000 below the amount that would make her a constructive total loss.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Nov 1893