The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The trial trip of the str. Columbian took place yesterday. She took a party of friends down the river. The machinery worked smoothly.


Just before the Cummings cleared from Buffalo Capt. Tomlin, of the Buckeye State, remarked to Capt. McCullough that Jim Whitley was a hoodoo and that he ought to leave him behind on this first trip. McCullough said: "Well, that's so, he has been with me in all my mishaps, but if I lose this time I lose everything."

McCullough's misfortunes have all come to him within two years. He went aboard the steamer Northerner the night before she burned and was eating breakfast when the fire broke out. He then took command of the schooner Montcalm which was lost during a gale off Long Point soon afterwards.

Last season he sailed the John T. Mott, which became water-logged during a gale and was taken into Fairport in a sinking condition. This spring McCullough decided to have a boat of his own and invested all his earnings in the Cummings. He paid $1,500 on her and covered the rest with a mortgage. Whitley was with him on all these boats and in between managed to be on the Barnum when she sank.

McCullough was thirty-four years old and was to be married in June. His fathers and sister reside in Kingston. Robert Patterson, another of the drowned men, was a schoolmate of his and came from Kingston.


The schr. B.W. Folger arrived today with coal for James Swift & Co., from Oswego.

C. Chambers sailed on the schr. M.J. Cummings a couple of years ago. He was well acquainted with Capt. McCullough, considered a whole-souled sailor.

The str. Bannockburn arrived in from Fort William with 60,300 ? bushels of wheat yesterday afternoon. The elevators were put in her at once and this morning she started for Lake Superior again.

The Canadian steamer Clinton was towed to Toledo after drifting around for a long time on account of a broken rudder-stack. Samuel Clark, Brighton, Ont., had his leg broken on her consort, the Grimsby, by the line slipping out of the chock.

The schr. M.J. Cummings is rapidly breaking up at Milwaukee. Her entire stern is gone and at dusk the mizzen mast was about ready to topple over.

p.2 Prince Edward County - Hillier, May 21st - ...Seven thousand six hundred bushels of rye and peas left Picton on board of the schr. Two Brothers for Kingston a few days ago....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1894