The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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Mackinaw, Mich., May 10th - The steamship Cayuga, of the Lehigh Valley line, Chicago to Buffalo, collided with the str. Joseph L. Hurd, of the Lake Superior Line, Lake Superior ports to Chicago, three miles this side of Skillagalee light house, in a dense fog, at four o'clock this morning. The Cayuga sank in about twenty minutes. The bow of the Hurd was knocked clean off, and only her cargo of lumber kept her afloat. George Johnston the steward of the Hurd was knocked overboard by the crash of the collision and drowned. The remaining members of both crews were picked up by the steamer Manola and landed here this morning.

The boats were not more than 200 feet apart when their signal was distinguished, but it was too late then to avoid the collision. The Cayuga rated A 1, and was valued at $175,000. The Hurd was rated A 2, and her value is placed at $150,000. The Hurd was built in Detroit in 1869 and registered 759 tons. The Cayuga was built in Cleveland six years ago and registered 2,669 tons.

p.5 Kingston In Brief - Capt. Pearce lives at Portsmouth on his yacht Wildflower. On June 1st he will start out on a summer cruise and will spend his time among the Thousand Islands


The Steamer Crashed Into Welland Canal Gates.

There was a shortage of 269 bushels on the Chicago corn cargo of the str. John Duncan at Kingston.

The steambarge Jack made good time going up. She ran from Garden Island to Port Dalhousie in twenty-four hours.

Tug Traveller, on her way from Kingston with the first raft of the season, received some damages and went into Russell's dock, Montreal, for repairs.

The steambarge Jack, owned by the Calvin company, of Kingston, carried away five lock gates in the new canal at Thorold on Thursday morning. The barge was coming up light and the engineer is supposed to have mistaken the signal and run ahead instead of backing up. The rush of water did considerable damage to the banks and also to the main line of the G.T.R. covering the track at the entrance of the tunnel for 200 or 300 yards to the depth of two or three feet. It also washed the road bed inside the tunnel badly.

Welland Canal Report

Port Colborne - Carter Bros.' wrecking expedition returned this morning with the wreck and corn cargo of the str. Fairbank. They were successful in releasing her without pumping any of the cargo into a lighter and very little patching to the hull, placed a steam pump aboard and soon pumped the water out. She floated and was towed to the harbor. Mr. Carter after finding the cargo in very good condition, what the fire had not destroyed, thought it advisable to sink the wreck again and it is now lying in harbor full of water to keep from spoiling. He is endeavoring to find purchasers for the damaged corn. Nothing has passed up the canal on account of the break at Thorold.

p.8 The Work Going Forward - Prescott, May 9th - about seventy men working on new elevator; work force to be increased; height will be 130 feet.

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