The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1895

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The sloop Madcap is at Richardson's elevator with peas from Wolfe Island.

The tug Thomson arrived last night from Oswego with three coal laden barges.

The str. Armenia cleared this morning for Toledo to load timber for the Calvin Co.

The str. Hamilton touched at Swift's dock today, on her trip from Hamilton to Montreal.

The schr. Annie Minnes cleared light this morning for Charlotte to load coal for the Rathbun Co.

The tug Thomson cleared this afternoon for Montreal with three coal laden and two grain laden barges.

The prop. Niagara, and consort Emerald, from Toledo, arrived this morning with 48,000 bushels corn.

The schr. Annandale, coal laden from Charlotte, was expected to arrive at the K. & P. dock today.

The prop. Owen Sound and consort Worts are on their way down the lake with wheat from Fort William for Richardson Bros.

Purchased An Ice Boat - C.T. Sacket, Cape Vincent, sold his iceboat Esquimaux to Howard Folger of Kingston. As soon as the bargain was made Mr. Sacket ordered another boat built by Charles Roat.

A Supreme Court Case - A case argued at the supreme court, Ottawa, was the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company vs. the Union bank of Canada, in which the respondents, as assignees of bills of lading, sue for shortage in the delivery of grain. The appellants claim that the judgement appealed from condemned them to account for more grain than the declaration claimed, and it made no difference that the difference was demanded by answers to the pleas; that on the evidence the full quantity of grain demanded was delivered; and that the bank was violating the banking act in taking the assignment of the bills of lading. Judgement was reserved.



Chicago, Oct. 10th - The boom in lake traffic has resulted in an almost unparalleled rush of business in the grain trade from Chicago and Milwaukee. Not heeding the warnings of vessel owners, all the big shipping firms have continued to sell grain without paying much attention to securing boats with which to carry it. A sudden realization of the fact that there were no boats to carry the grain they had sold was forced upon them Tuesday, when offers of 3 cents on grain to Buffalo, an advance of one half cent, secured but few vessels. Yesterday shippers, with over 1,000,000 bushels of grain to send forward, much of it contracted for immediate shipment, found they were unable to get boats at any price. The rate has been bid to three and a half cents and shippers are still unable to obtain vessel room.


Steamer Africa Sunk In Lake Huron With Ten Souls On Board.

Stokes Bay, Ont., Oct. 10th - On Monday evening the str. Africa, of Owen Sound, coal laden, having in tow the barge Severn, of Toronto, also coal laden, was going up Lake Huron bound for Owen Sound, when, owing to heavy weather, she was compelled to let the Severn go. The Severn, being stripped of canvass, had to run before the gale until Loyal Island was reached, where she went on the beach, and now lies a total wreck. The crew, saved after being in the rigging twenty hours, say that soon after being cast off by the Africa, the latter vessel, which had been rolling heavily, suddenly disappeared, and they think she went down with all on board. The names of the officers and crew of the Africa are: Captain H.P. Larson, Toronto; William Anderson, mate, Owen Sound; Matt. Haz., chief engineer, Toronto; Edward Frost, second engineer, Toronto; William Mann, wheelsman, Toronto; John King, Oakville, Ont.; Miss Lee, cook, Toronto; two firemen and two deck hands, names unknown. The Africa's life boat and life preservers have been picked up on Loyal Island.

The names of the saved crew of the Severn are: Capt. J. Silversides, Owen Sound; James E. Mann, mate, Toronto; Malcolm Morrison, sailor, Owen Sound; Thomas Robertson, Orangeville; Dan Jackson, sailor, Windsor; Wm. Bowers, St. Catharines, sailor; Lizzie Allison, cook, Toronto.

Owned In Toronto.

Toronto, Oct. 10th - The Africa and Severn were originally part of a fleet of three vessels owned by Christie, Kerr & Co., lumber dealers. The Marquis, the other vessel in the fleet, was wrecked in Saginaw Bay three years ago this month but without loss of life. The Africa was a steambarge and the Severn a tow barge, which always accompanied her. The vessels have been carrying freight between Buffalo and Chicago for some years. After the death of Alexander R. Christie in January last, and the dissolution of the firm, the two boats passed into the hands of Mrs. Christie.

On their present trip they were journeying from Ashtabula to Owen Sound with coal, and were to proceed from there to Parry Sound to load lumber for Tonawanda. The Africa was considered an especially safe vessel, and it was thought that she could weather any storm.

The Severn carried 850 tons and the Africa 420 tons of coal. The cargo was for the C.P.R. Co. who had it fully insured.

The vessels left Ashtabula on Friday last, and were due to reach Owen Sound on Monday. The Severn was valued at $5,000 and will be a total loss as no marine insurance was carried on her. The value of the Africa was estimated at $14,000, with a marine insurance of $9,000.

Craft Undoubtedly Lost.

Stokes Bay, Ont., Oct. 10th - Nothing further has been heard of the barge Africa and there is not the slightest hope left that she survived Monday night's gale. The schooner Severn is lying partly underwater, and is badly broken up. She has been abandoned as being a total wreck. Capt. Silversides, of the Severn, left for Toronto this morning, the remainder of the crew remaining here until his return.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1895