The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1893

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p.1 A Tug Burned - The tug Cummings was burned to the water's edge at Cape Vincent last night. The fire originated in the engine rooms. The Cummings is owned by Mr. Donovan, Oswego, and is worth probably $5,000.

General Paragraphs - The schrs. Fleetwing and Folger arrived in port this afternoon. They were unable to cross the lake on account of a big sea.

p.4 Accidents At Bar Point - Amherstburg, Nov. 16th - The steamer City of Rome, which went aground at Bar Point yesterday, got off this morning without assistance. The Fairbanks, which also ran aground near here yesterday, was released about 9:30 a.m. today with the assistance of tugs Home Rule and Saginaw. No damage to either. The H.J. Jewett is on at Bar Point and is being lightened of her cargo of merchandise.

The Cuba Struck A Lock - Cornwall, Nov. 16th - About eight o'clock last night the steamer Cuba ran into the second lock gate at this place while on her westward trip, badly damaging it. The lock is now being repaired, navigation in the meantime being suspended.


The str. Germanic, from Chicago to Kingston, had 55,000 bushels of corn.

John McComisky only got four months in this season as mate of the prop. Niagara. Sickness prevented longer service.

The schr. B.W. Folger cleared for Oswego, this morning, to bring over the last load of coal Mr. Swift will receive this fall.

The str. Ocean called at Swift's dock today. She is on her way from Montreal to St. Catharines, where she will lay up for the winter.

F. Taylor, engineer of the passenger steamer Macassa, between Hamilton and Toronto, all summer, has returned home after a successful season.

The schr. B.W. Folger will make another trip across the lake. Capt. Bates is one of the luckiest men in port and is on the lakes when other boats are wintered.

The schr. Fleetwing cleared yesterday for Oswego. She has a load of lumber and after discharging will proceed to Brighton, the home of Capt. Shaw, to go into winter quarters.

On account of the big blow on the lake last night, the owners of the prop. Orion telegraphed her captain at Port Dalhousie not to leave port during the gale. It was thought advisable not to make the risk. The Orion has grain from the upper lakes.

Disaster At Oswego.

Oswego, Nov. 16th - The schooner Flora Emma, with 144,000 feet of lumber, broke from her moorings in the outer harbor last night and went ashore near the east pier. She is a total loss. The crew was rescued by life savers. The tug Redford attempted to save the schooner and was also wrecked and Capt. Featherstonhaugh, of the tug, was drowned.

The tug E.J. Redford went out into the storm to try to save the Flora Emma. The tug labored heavily, burst a steam pipe and drifted helplessly ashore alongside the schooner. Capt. Featherstonhaugh of the tug was washed overboard and drowned. Both the tug and vessel are a total loss.

Mariners at this port were indeed sorry to hear of the Flora Emma's disaster. Capt. Fox was as well known in Kingston as in his own town, Port Hope, and every one has a good word for him. The Flora Emma was built in Picton in 1872, by a man named Redmond. She is a two-master fore-and-after, and has a registered tonnage in the custom house of 151 ? tons. She will carry well nigh 300 tons of coal, however. The vessel was in size similar to the schr. Fleetwing. She has been trading for Swift & Co. all summer. Her cargo of lumber was, no doubt, from Deseronto. The gale must have been furious at Oswego. Mariners had a fear here and watchmen were at their posts during the entire night. The captain of the tug Redford is well known to mariners trading with that port. He was a whole-souled man.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1893