The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1895

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Acacia is here with a cargo of coal from Oswego.

The schrs. Fabiola and Kate unloaded coal at Bath this week.


The str. Corsican will be up from Montreal tonight.

The tug Petrel is having her cylinders attended to at Collins bay.

The schr. S.H. Dunn is in at Garden Island from Toledo with timber.

The prop. Rosedale's cargo of flour, unloaded at Brockville, was shipped east by rail.

The props. Iron Duke, Queen of the West and Norwalk have cleared for the upper lakes.

Richardson & Sons are shipping five and six cars of grain to Ottawa and eastern points every day.

Richardson & Sons have chartered M.T. Co's barges to transport 20,000 bushels of grain to Montreal.

The prop. Arabian from Fort William lightened flour at the M.T. company's dock and proceeded to Montreal.

Passed Port Dalhousie, up - Str. Marion, Kingston to Erie, light; str. Rosedale, Prescott to Cleveland, light.

The str. St. Lawrence will start running among the Thousand Islands on June 8th. This is at least ten days earlier than other years.

The K. & M.F. Co. has received a contract from Montreal for 30,000 tons of coal, which they will deliver during the slack season.

The steambarge Jack left Frankfurt, south-east shore of Lake Michigan, yesterday, for Kingston. She has 35,000 cubic feet of timber for Garden Island. This is considered an exceptionally big cargo.

The str. Campana passed through the Beauharnois canal yesterday afternoon. The trip so far has been very successful. She will get across Lachine Lake today and will be in the drydock at Montreal in a couple of days, barring accidents.

Passed Port Colborne, down: Tug W.A. Rooth and two scows, Soo to Kingston. Passed up - Strs. Columbia, Oswego to West Superior, coal; Norwalk, Kingston to Buffalo, light; Marion, Kingston to Erie, light; Iron Duke and barge, Oswego to Chicago, coal.

The barge Mabel Wilson, in at Portsmouth the other day, is the largest barge that has ever been in this port. She has a capacity of 100,000 bushels and draws sixteen feet. In coming to Kingston she could only carry 66,000 bushels. This put her draught at thirteen feet.

The transportation business at this port so far this season is away ahead of last year. The K. & M.F. Co. shipped 1,000,000 bushels of grain during May, while last year they did not exceed 500,000 bushels in the same month. The business is lagging just now, however, on account of the jump the markets have taken. Dealers will not ship at the present prices.



Alpena, Mich., May 31st - The steamers Norman and Jack were in collision in a dense fog near Middle Island, Lake Huron, last night. The Norman sank, carrying down with her the steward's wife, a watchman and a deckhand. The Jack was afloat at last account, but in a badly damaged condition. Her captain, mates and engineer refused to leave her and are still on the boat. The balance of the Jack's crew and that of the Norman's took to the life rafts and small boats and were picked up by the steambarge Sicken and landed here this morning.

The Jack struck the Norman amidships, tearing a huge hole in her side, and causing her to sink almost instantly. All of her crew, with the exception of Mrs. Cook, the steward's wife, watchman Benson and a deckhand, name unknown, succeeded in escaping in the steamer's small boats before she went down. These three unfortunate members of the crew could not be roused in time. The Jack was loaded with timber. The bow was practically knocked off, and when part of the crew left her she was filled with water. In spite of her condition, however, the captain, engineer, and mates refused to desert her when the rest of the crew did. The crews of both steamers, in the small boats and rafts, succeeded in attracting the attention of the crew of the Sicken a couple of hours after the accident, and she came to the rescue. Tugs have been sent out in search of the Jack, but it is feared she will not stay afloat until she can be reached.

The Norman was built at Cleveland in 1890. She was ninety feet long (sic), forty feet beam and twenty-one feet deep. She registered 2,304 gross and 1,850 net tons, rated A 1, and was valued at $160,000, and is well covered by insurance. She is owned by Capt. George P. McKay, Cleveland. The Jack is new and was built and owned by the Calvin Co. of Garden Island, near Kingston. She is valued at about $60,000. She is the steamer which carried away the gates of the Welland canal a couple of weeks ago on her first trip through the lakes.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1895