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

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. Melbourne sprung a leak last night. J. Donnelly, with a diver, patched the hole today. The Melbourne will lay here all winter as she cannot discharge her cargo of grain. The M.T. Co. would not unload her.

The schr. Grantham is not yet unloaded, but her cargo has been sufficiently taken out to prevent further leaking. In the recent strong winds she got a bad shaking up which opened the cracks. Repairs will be put on the vessel.


The Schr. Freeman Not Heard From For A Week.

The schr. D. Freeman, owned by Capts. N. Allen and D. Farrington, Belleville, and commanded by the latter, is missing. Much alarm is felt by the relatives of those on board. The Freeman was an old vessel, but was strong and staunch, and her capacity was 9,000 bushels of barley. On Nov. 16th she left Belleville for Oswego with a cargo of buckwheat, and on the 26th put into Oswego. The following day she reached Charlotte, and on Nov. 28th left for Gananoque with a cargo of coal. As the vessel had not reported since, Mrs. Farrington has been telegraphing to various points, but no news can be got of the missing vessel.

On board the Freeman are Capt. Farrington; Archibald McDonald, mate; Thomas Carter and William Smith, Belleville; Charles Bly, Brighton.

Capt. W. Allan, of the schr. Queen of the Lakes, was interviewed by a Whig reporter this morning, but could give no news of the whereabouts of the schooner. He had been telegraphed to by Mrs. Farrington about the craft and had given her his opinion that the Freeman was still all right. The captain thinks that the schooner is at present in Fair Haven or Sodus Point. He wired the "shutes" at Charlotte and received reply that the vessel had left on Wednesday, Nov. 29th. While this may be so still it is possible that the Freeman laid at Charlotte some time after. It is some little distance from the loading place to the harbor and she may not have cleared for days after. There is no doubt, however, that the schooner left Charlotte and Capt. Allan thinks with a south-easterly wind. The wind, probably, changed when she got about half way across and Capt. Farrington was obliged to turn into Fair Haven or Big Sodus. With a north-west wind such as was blowing for the past week, it would be impossible for a vessel to get out.

About $800 was spent on her the past summer. Entirely new canvas was put on. Capt. Allan sailed the Freeman for ten years, and never had any trouble with her. This was Capt. Farrington's first season on her, but he was an old sailor and knew his business. Capt. Allan owns a two-thirds interest in the vessel; Capt. Farrington the remaining share. The Freeman had not a cent of insurance. Capt. Allan has little fear of her having foundered.

The Boat All Save.

Later, (9:30 p.m.) Capt. Allan, of the schr. Queen of the Lakes, says that the schooner Freeman is safe. She is frozen in at Sodus Point. The crew came to Kingston today on the steamer Maud and at once proceeded to Belleville, where the majority of them reside.

Marine Paragraphs.

There are no more vessels consigned for Kingston on the lakes now. Everything is in and the season is closed as far as Kingston is concerned.

The str. Arabian has been relieved of her cargo of wheat, and cleared today for across the lake to load coal for Hamilton, where she lays up for the winter.

Capt. Reynolds, of the str. Golden Eye, plying on the waters of Clear and Stoney Lakes, charged with not having a properly qualified engineer, pleaded guilty and was fined $100 and costs. Capt. Donnelly pressed the charge. Another action against the captain, for not complying with the act referring to certificates of masters and mates, was enlarged for a week.

The captain of the sloop Maggie L. stated today that it was a shame bells were not put on the platform buoys in the vicinity of Kingston. During the fog, yesterday, he ran into the buoy on the Myles' shoal and might have sunk his ship. He had 3,000 bushels of buckwheat on and he might have sustained serious loss. At present the buoys are a protection to large vessels and a deathtrap to small ones.

The schr. B.W. Folger arrived in port this morning after being four weeks on her trip. The Folger has had some rough weather, but Capt. Bates, the lucky little man, as he is called, came out on top. Although tossed about on the waves for many days at a time, the craft sustained little damage further than the financial loss caused by delay. It is likely the Folger will lay up now. She has coal for Swift & Co.



Milwaukee, Dec. 6th - Four days and nights without food or sleep, clinging to a wreck, exposed to seas and snowstorms until almost frozen to death; such was the experience of the crew of the little schooner Dreadnought, who are at the Emergency Hospital in this city, bound up in cotton batting.

The Dreadnought's crew, which consisted of Captain Andrew Olsen, of Washington Island, and one sailor, Henry Peterson, of Chicago, were rescued yesterday by the steamer Syracuse, thirty miles southeast of Racine.

They were nearly dead, and the ice had to be chopped from their clothing before it could be removed. They were too overcome to walk when landed here, and an ambulance brought them to the Emergency Hospital. Although swollen all over and frost bitten in many places, the doctors think they will recover soon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Dec 1893