The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. St. Lawrence had the best season on the river this year that she had ever had.

Capt. Crawford, of the schr. Falconer states that he was windbound in Oswego from Monday to Friday. There were a great many vessels and barges tied up to the dock all week, unable to get away. While at his vessel in Oswego on Thursday morning he noticed the unfortunate schr. Hartford pass down between eight and nine o'clock. The Hartford must have gone to pieces quickly when she struck as she was heavily loaded. The Falconer got to Kingston about three o'clock this morning just as the heavy gale came up.

The Breck Abandoned.

Detroit, Oct. 12th - A special to the News from Sand Beach, Mich., says: The tug Boynton has just arrived with the crew of the schr. M.L. Breck, owned by John McGibbon, Sarnia. They abandoned her off Point Clarke, near Goderich, Ont. She had lost her deck load and was full of water. The tug captain says she is a total wreck.

Incidents of the Day - The steamyacht Glady, owned by Mr. Thompson, lumber merchant at Ottawa, is in port. Mr. Thompson is on board and will spend the winter months in Florida. She is being inspected by Marine Inspector Thompson. The yacht is very pretty and was built in Smith's Falls.

Capt. Harbottle, an inspector in marine circles, expired in Toronto yesterday while in an epileptic fit. He was well known here, having commanded one of the old mail line steamers. He was on the Chicora before he secured a government berth. Twelve children by a second wife survive.

The Work Stopped - The men who were working on the shoal in the harbor yesterday were surprised to be discharged at nine o'clock in the morning. Capt. Paul said he received a telegram from Ottawa to stop the work. The men usually work until the end of October.



The Recent Storm The Worst Experienced For Many Years.

Detroit, Oct. 13th - The schr. Hartford, which was wrecked near Oswego, left this port Saturday with a cargo of 22,000 bushels of wheat shipped by Lapham & Co. The wheat was insured for $13,000. The vessel was valued at $4,500. She was owned by Capt. O'Toole and a couple of partners. She carried a crew of seven - captain, mate, cook, and four seamen. Mrs. O'Toole was the cook and she had her baby with her. The number of persons drowned is eight.

Fairport, N.Y., Oct. 13th - The schr. Columbian went ashore on Frenchy's flat, half a mile east of here, in the furious storm. The life-saving crew went to the wreck and rescued the crew from the stranded vessel. The Columbian is light and bound from Lorain to Cleveland. She measured 356 gross tons and was built in Green Bay in 1864.


It Does Much Damage On Lakes Erie And Huron.

Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 12th - A furious north-west gale struck Lake Erie and lower Lake Huron Wednesday night. For many boats the storm came unexpectedly and considerable damage was done to shipping. Several boats are known to be disabled and helpless on the lakes, but their identity will not be known until the storm abates or they are driven ashore. A large number of vessels are under Long Point on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, but it is impossible to get their names. Although several sailors were injured, the reports of the disasters received indicate that the storm had never been attended with any loss of life. Following is the list of disasters:

Schr. John Wesley, water-logged on Lake Huron.

Schr. Columbian, ashore at Fairport, Ohio.

Schr. Tasmania, ashore at Cleveland.

Schr. C.G. King, water-logged off Erie.

Unknown schooner storm-beaten on Lake Huron.

Unknown schooner disabled and helpless on Lake Erie.

Steamer Russia, cargo shifted on Lake Erie.

The Bay City lumber barge King, Capt. Otto Lature, was rescued ten miles off, water-logged and sinking. The King lost 200 feet of lumber.

Mate Harry Delong and a sailor named Mike Golden had been struck and badly injured by a swinging boom. The King's tow, the steamer Leland, and another consort, the Hiawatha, have not been heard from.

A big three-masted schooner was sighted off Erie twenty miles towards the Canadian shore flying signals of distress.

The steamer Oregon had hard work to get into port owing to the gale, and during her peril Wheelman Otto Barnhard, of Chicago, had his leg broken.

The schooner Ganges and the Alzora were rescued off the peninsula by the life-saving crew and a tug.

A Well Known Lake Captain Dead.

Toronto, Oct. 13th - Captain Thomas Harbottle, steamboat inspector of the Customs Department, expired suddenly in his office yesterday. Captain Harbottle was one of the best known lake captains prior to accepting the post of steamboat inspector. He was the father of Capt. J.K. Harbottle, of the Chicora, and grandfather of the well-known bicyclist. At the time he was seized with the epileptic fit he was just walking through the door of his office. Medical aid was summoned but he died before the doctor arrived.


The prop. Tecumseh will lay up at Port Dalhousie.

The tug Thompson has arrived up with four light barges.

The schr. Fleetwing is unloading her cargo at the penitentiary.

The str. D.D. Calvin and barge Ceylon will go to Fort William this time.

The steambarge Freemason is being pumped out and will be rebuilt this winter.

The str. Cuba from Hamilton, three days late, arrived today. She had a large cargo of freight.

Called at Gunn's wharf: str. Alexandria, Montreal to Brighton; str. Cuba, St. Catharines to Montreal.

Yesterday the tug Hall brought up four light barges and cleared again with two loaded ones for Montreal.

The schr. Annandale from Oswego and the schr. Acacia from Charlotte are reported at Crawford's coal docks.

Last evening at midnight the str. Alexandria arrived from Montreal with twenty-five passengers and a full cargo of freight.

Mr. Thompson, boiler inspector, has done a great deal of work since he commenced business at this port. He inspected boats at Cornwall, Morrisburg, Smith's Falls and Brockville.

The str. Hero will come from Brighton to Kingston tomorrow in place of the steamer North King. The str. Resolute has been doing the King's work since the accident to her shaft.

Capt. W.J. Murphy, Morrisburg, has sold the tug Alert to the dominion government. The boat will be used in connection with the work of river sounding and will be employed for some time between Morrisburg and Cornwall. The price paid is understood to have been $7,000.

A discussion occurred this morning about the advisability of life preservers on board sailing vessels. Capt. Taylor, inspector, thought that perhaps one good life preserver would not be out of the way on a vessel. A preserver could not be used very much on a vessel; there was not the same chance as on a steamer. In the case of the schooner Hartford, wrecked in Mexico Bay the other day, life preservers would have been out of the question as the sea would not let them get near shore.

A stiff wind from the westward sprung up about three o'clock this morning and finally developed into a regular gale. Before morning the wind had shifted to the south-west and was blowing at a terrific rate. In the city umbrellas were turned inside out while on the lakes, if any vessels were unfortunate enough to be out, their sails were probably treated in a similar way. The schrs. Falconer and Folger, from Oswego, and the schr. Fleetwing, from Charlotte, arrived during the night without harm. The schr. Queen of the Lakes was reported, this morning, as having passed Port Dalhousie early in the evening. The vessel would, no doubt, hug the south shore and probably run in some of those ports for shelter. The str. D.D. Calvin and barge cleared in the afternoon from the M.T. Co.'s dock and would be caught pretty well up the lake by the gale. However, there would be no danger for a steamer. She would run in some port on the south shore.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1894