The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Sep 1894

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The str. James Swift was delayed in the Rideau last night on account of the fog.

Arrivals: str. Magnet, Hamilton; str. Passport, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

Joseph Hackett has unloaded the schr. Annandale at the K. & P. dock and expects the schr. Annie Minnes over today with a cargo.

There was heavy weather on the lake last night. The prop. Rhoda Emily was to have arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock last night, but has not reached there this morning. Sailing vessels were wind bound at different ports.

The str. Cibola, Toronto, is en route to Kingston to be dry-docked in accordance with the conditions of the marine law, which requires that every three years a steamer shall be subjected to an examination and a thorough overhauling.

Mr. McConnell, of Portsmouth, says he does not think the K. & M. Forwarding Co. will remove from that village, where there is better harbor facilities than can be got in the city. Besides the company has the docks leased for five years at a small rental per annum.

While on her way up from Montreal the machinery of the steamer Acadia became disabled at Valleyfield, and from there she had to be towed to Hamilton. She is owned by R.O. and A.B. McKay, Hamilton. A number of people who wanted to go west today on the Acadia, including a master mariner, were disappointed.

Yesterday afternoon the directors of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company appointed Gilbert Johnston of this city their chief engineer. Captain Johnston will be a valuable man, having had much experience as a mechanical expert. He was for years in the service of the leading forwarding concerns of Kingston, Deseronto and Collins Bay and latterly he was chief officer of the steamer Hero. He is now on duty having gone to Montreal on Sunday night last. His retirement from Kingston with his estimable family will be much regretted. Mr. Bloomfield succeeds him in the captaincy of the steamer Hero.

p.4 A Schooner and Crew Lost - St. Ignace, Mich., Sept. 27th - The schooner Wm. Howe was wrecked on Lake Michigan and the crew of six drowned.


Collision Between Two American Vessels In Lake Huron.

They Both Go To The Bottom.

Detroit, Sept. 27th - The str. Ohio, down bound, collided with the schr. Ironton, up bound, in tow of the str. Kershaw, ten miles north of Presque Isle, Lake Huron, yesterday, and both boats sank in half an hour. The crew of the Ohio, excepting the first mate, sixteen in number, got into the life-boat after much difficulty and were picked up by the schooner Moonlight, also in tow of the Kershaw, after clinging to a ladder for two hours (sic). The steamer Hebard picked up two of the crew of the Ironton. The remainder of the crew, seven in number, are missing. The crew of the Ohio were landed here and the two members of the crew of the Ironton were taken to the Soo.

The wind was blowing a gale from the south and a heavy sea was running. Just before the collision the Ironton parted her tow line and it is thought this accident threw her out of her course and caused the collision.

The Ohio was loaded with flour and feed from Duluth to Ogdensburg. The Ironton was light, Cleveland to Marquette. The crew and officers of the Ohio refused to talk about the collision. The Ohio is owned by Elphick of Chicago. She was built at Huron in 1875, is of 351 net tons, rates A2 and was valued at $38,000. The Ironton is owned by the Cleveland vesselmen. She was built at Buffalo in 1873, rates A2 and was valued at $18,000.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Sep 1894