The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1894

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p.1 Quite A Marine Artist - Sylvester Staley, son of Capt. Staley, of the schr. John Gaskin, has proven himself something of an artist. A short time ago he finished a painting of the str. Bannockburn and it now hangs in the M.T. Co.'s office. He has now completed a fine painting of the str. Wilbur, for which he was offered $75. Sylvester is second engineer of the Wilbur and is now in Buffalo.


A despatch from Oswego states that the schr. Baltic, grain laden, went on the reef just to the east of the pier and was shattered. This is only another mishap added to the number of unfortunate vessels that have gone to wreck at this point. Capt. Saunders and others, who are in a position to know, claim that over twenty sailing vessels have grounded on this ridge. It is a very dangerous spot. There did not seem to be much wind on the lake Saturday evening, but it may have been blowing hard on the southern shore. The Baltic was loaded with barley consigned by Richardson & Sons. She picked up her load at different points along the Bay of Quinte. Capt. John T. Baird, Hamilton, part owner, was in charge. The Rathbun Co. has a claim on the vessel, and it is this fact that leads mariners to believe she must have been insured, as this company would take no risk. As for the cargo it is well insured. Rathbun & Sons insure all their cargoes, more particularly at this season of the year.

The vessel went aground on exactly the same spot that a tug and vessel went to pieces last fall. The captain of the tug was drowned.

Capt. Baird had his whole family aboard with him and great difficulty was experienced in getting them ashore. It only requires a few minutes for a vessel to break into kindling wood so sharp is the ridge. Last fall the tug was in pieces in fifteen minutes after she first struck. The Baltic went ashore during the night and this made it even worse. The schooner was built in 1867 at Wellington Square, was rebuilt in 1874 and rebuilt again in 1890. It was through the repairs of 1890 that the Rathbun Co. got a lien on her. George Richardson left this morning for Oswego to see after the cargo. It is not expected that any of the cargo will be saved. The Baltic was considered an exceptionally staunch craft, but no vessel could possibly live when once striking this particular ridge. Capt. Baird is deserving of sympathy, and vessel men can understand his position. His capital was all in this vessel.

The schr. Baltic had 14,700 bushels of barley on board. She was insured at 45 cents a bushel. On account of the vessel not delivering her cargo Richardson & Sons will not have to pay freight charges or duty. The insurance will let them out about even.

Telegraphic Particulars.

Oswego, N.Y., Nov. 26th - At eleven o'clock on Saturday night the schr. Baltic, Capt. Baird, of St. Catharines, went on the rocks at the mouth of this port. She was loaded with 12,600 bushels of barley from Kingston for Downey, Irwin & Co., of this city. Capt. Baird and his three sons, who composed the crew, the captain's wife and a passenger were rescued by the life saving crew. The schooner was not insured. She is breaking up.


The schr. Annie Minnes last cargo was for R. Crawford.

The schr. Katie Eccles is reported as having run aground near Cobourg.

Today the schr. Fleetwing cleared for Charlotte for a cargo of soft coal for Swift & Co.

The steamer John Maynard will be rebuilt, and a steambarge will be built for Ira Folger during the winter.

The storm signals were ordered up this morning to indicate a terrific gale from the west. Small vessels had better hug the docks.

The prop. Cuba is laid up at Toronto after a very successful season, making twenty-four Lake Ontario trips and two Lake Erie trips.

The schr. Tradewind got away Saturday night for Toronto. The wind was in her favor and she should have reached her destination last night.

A board, W. Carson, John Hendry, Toronto, and Peter Brunnelle, Quebec, will examine applicants for the inspectorate of hulls, vacant by the death of Capt. Harbottle.

The schr. Fleetwing cleared today for Charlotte to bring back the cargo of coal which the B.W. Folger would have brought over had she not been burned. The crew of the Fleetwing are: C. Chambers, Jerry Hurley, J. Deroche, J. McCann and E. Henderson.

Capt. Thompson, of the steambarge Van Allen, arrived over from Oswego this morning and will accompany Capt. Bates up on the str. Hero this afternoon to the scene of the wreck of the schr. B.W. Folger. Capt. Thompson represents the Standard Oil Company, which firm owned the lumber which comprised the Folger's cargo. Capt. Bates does not think there will be much over 1,000 feet of the lumber fit for use. The Folger is a total wreck. Capt. Bates expects to have about $300 coming to him out of the insurance after everything is settled for.

p.2 Gananoque, Nov. 26th - ....The last familiar whistle of the Antelope, on the Gananoque-Clayton route, was heard Saturday evening. She was the last boat to be taken off her route in this part except the Pierrepont.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1894