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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1894

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The str. Rideau Belle was in from Smith's Falls this morning.

The props Niagara and Emerald are on their way to Kingston with cargoes.

The schrs. Annie Falconer and Folger are expected in from Oswego today as is also the schr. Fleetwing from Charlotte.

The str. D.D. Calvin and barge Ceylon arrived down from Duluth this morning with 84,000 bushels of wheat. The Calvin's cargo is for Richardson & Sons while the barge's cargo is for the M.T. Co. The Calvin's cargo was loaded into barges for Richardson & Sons as the latter's elevators could not be used.


Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 12th - No more bodies have come ashore from the wreck. It is now believed that the vessel foundered. It is thought the bodies of the crew are fast in the wreckage that has not come ashore.

Watertown, N.Y., Oct. 12th - The schr. Hartford was owned by McKinley, Consaul and Capt. O'Toole, all of Clayton. There was no insurance. Michael Purcell, of Clayton, was a member of the lost crew. The body of the captain's child was washed ashore yesterday afternoon. Capt. O'Toole leaves an aged mother and five small children.

The following are the names of persons lost on the schooner Hartford: Capt. Wm. O'Toole, wife and baby, Clayton; Richard Seymour, mate, and Michael Purcell, Clayton; Dennis McCarthy, seaman, Oswego; and an unknown seaman from Grindstone Island.


The Whole Crew Drowned.

Oswego, Oct. 12th - The great storm which wrought so much damage up and down the eastern coast, Wednesday night, switched its tail around on to the lakes yesterday with disastrous results to shipping. Numerous mishaps to vessels are reported.

The most serious wreck occurred in Mexico bay about thirty miles from this port. During the morning a vessel was seen off this port evidently making bad work. She was supposed to be the schooner Hartford, bound from Detroit to Cape Vincent with 20,000 bushels of wheat. When within a few miles of the harbor the captain evidently thought he could not make the port and turned the vessel around and started down the lake with the evident purpose of making the "passage" and finding shelter behind Stony Point, thirty five miles away. In crossing Mexico bay the vessel was driven in so close to the shore that she was unable to work off again and struck and went to pieces.

Her entire crew were drowned. How many persons were on the vessel is not known but it is supposed there was a crew of seven persons. The body of a child was washed ashore this morning which would indicate that the captain's family must have been on board. The captain was William O'Toole, of Clayton, N.Y., and he was a part owner of the vessel.

It has been learned that Capt. O'Toole's wife and baby were on the vessel, also Damas Turgeon, Clayton, and William Donaldson, Theresa, N.Y. The names of the balance of the crew are not yet ascertained.

A Lumber Barge Wrecked.

Sand Beach, Mich., Oct. 12th - In the south west gale on Lake Huron the barge Wesley, laden with lumber, was totally wrecked. The crew were taken off at Point Au Barques and the barge was then abandoned. The lumber keeps the wreck afloat and it will probably go ashore on the Canadian side below Goderich.

Foundered In Lake Ontario.

Utica, N.Y., Oct. 12th - A special from Adams says that an unknown three masted schooner foundered in Lake Ontario, five miles south of the Sandy Creek lifesaving station yesterday noon. She was loaded with wheat. Two of her masts and other wreckage have come ashore but nothing to identify her. The vessel was one and one half miles from shore when she went down. The gale was very heavy on the lakes yesterday.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1894