The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1894

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The Shore Now Strewn With Canadian Barley.

George Richardson returned from Oswego yesterday afternoon. He went over to see about the schr. Baltic, wrecked with a cargo of grain belonging to his firm. He found the vessel and cargo a total loss. Capt. Beard is to be pitied. He and his family had all their wealth in the vessel. Mr. Richardson thinks if the tug had been towed round and in readiness she would have caught the schooner in time to save her. Capt. Ferris made a heroic attempt to save the schooner with his tug, but it was in vain. He, however, sounded five long blasts on his steam whistle and the life-savers were thus notified and made everything ready to throw a line to the helpless schooner when she had come in near enough to shore. The wind carried the first line wide of the mark, but the second landed upon the deck of the Baltic, and soon Capt. Beard, his wife and four sailors were taken ashore one at a time in the breeches buoy. Mrs. Beard was unconscious when she reached the life-saving station. The vessel is fast going to pieces, and the shore in the vicinity of the wreck is covered with barley. The vessel's crew and the life-saving men went on board on Monday, being able to gain the side of the vessel from the rocks. The first thing that met their eyes was a horse entangled in the rigging. The animal was released, and by an improvised sling was hauled on shore. No trace of a dog could be found, and it was thought he had been washed overboard, but a search in the cabin disabused the idea, for on the top shelf in the cupboard he was found curled up and trembling with cold and fear. He was taken ashore.

Capt. Beard (Baird ?) has followed the lakes during his lifetime, and for the past forty years has been the master of a vessel, and during that time has never had an accident before. He has been the owner and master of the Baltic for eight years and was making the last trip of the season when the accident happened.


The M.T. Co. is rushing the new barge Dunmore so as to have her launched before the close of navigation.

Gangs of men are employed briming the vessels belonging to the M.T. Co. There are 3,000 sacks of salt used in briming the barges.

The S.S. Bannockburn is now on her way down Lake Superior. She should be here about Sunday with a full load of wheat for Richardson & Sons. The grain will be stored in the elevator for the winter.

The props. Algonquin and Rosedale, with 128,000 bushels of grain, will arrive at the M.T. Co.'s dock on Saturday. It is altogether likely that these two boats will lay here for the winter with their cargo aboard, as the grain cannot be forwarded this fall.

The schrs. Baltic, Queen of the Lakes, Kate and Acacia left the Bay of Quinte on Saturday, bound for Oswego. Of the four vessels the Queen of the Lakes was the only one to arrive in safety. The others were forced to turn back, while the Baltic was wrecked.

The lower canals close today and the lights will be taken down in Lachine Lake tonight. The tug Walker left Lachine yesterday afternoon, with four light barges for Kingston, and the tug Thomson left Montreal with two barges. These boats will be the last to pass through the canals this fall.

p.4 For Deep Waterways - Chicago, Nov. 28th - executive board of International Deep Waterways Association meet.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1894