The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Oct 1895

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The sloop Pilot is discharging 3,000 bushels of buckwheat at Ricardson's elevator. She is from Napanee.

The prop. Glengarry is delayed at this port owing to the fierce westerly gale. She is waiting to clear for Fort William.

The schooner Glenora will be hauled out on the M.T. Co's ways and rebuilt this winter. She will have an entirely new rail from stem to stern and will be turned out in A 1 condition for the spring trade.

A heavy gale of wind sprung up from the southwest last night and continued to blow all day, making navigation on the lake an impossibility. Vessels that started up the lake yesterday were obliged to run back and seek shelter under the most convenient lee shore.

The str. Bannockburn made a remarkably fast run from here to the canal yesterday. She left here at three o'clock in the morning and arrived at the canal at ten o'clock that night, covering the distance in nineteen hours. She had the schooners Winnipeg and Selkirk in tow, which makes the run all the more remarkable. Twenty-four hours is the usual time for the distance.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. Dunn arrived at Garden Island yesterday with timber from Toledo.

The str. Tecumseh has gone to Astabula to load coal for Fort William at a good rate.

The sloop Pilot, from Napanee, is discharging a cargo of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

The str. Hamilton did not arrive at this port last evening as she was due to do. It is thought the delay was caused by the low water and she is expected in this forenoon.

The schr. Monitor, ashore on the head of Galloup Island, was towed into Sackett's Harbor by the steamer Alberta, of Cape Vincent, and her cargo of shingles taken off. She is now on the bottom near the old wreck of the schr. Wood. She will, without doubt, be hauled out in the spring.

p.4 General Paragraphs - The steamer Spartan arrived at Swift's dock this afternoon from Montreal. She will go into winter quarters here.

The str. Hero made her regular call at Swift's this afternoon.


Amherstburg, Oct. 22nd - The str. Waldo Avery, bound from Chicago to Buffalo, with grain, struck a boulder below Ballard's reef about two o'clock this morning, and is now at the dock here leaking badly. Steam pumps have been sent for and on their arrival the vessel will proceed on her way. She struck on the same boulder on which the Craig struck, which is right on the ranges. This is the Avery's first trip since she was repaired after being wrecked at the straits.

The str. Vegu, bound from Lorraine to Duluth, with coal, struck on Grecian shoal off Colchester, at 3 a.m. today. She reached here and her stern is now on bottom near Mullen Gatfield's lower dock. The after compartment of the starboard side is full of water and the middle compartment leaking. She will try and reach the Detroit dry dock.


Dexter, N.Y., Oct. 22nd - While trying to make this port in the heavy gale on Saturday last, the steam barge Alberta with the canal boat W.J. Phillips in tow, ran aground on one of the numerous sand bars at the mouth of Black river. The channel at this place is a very narrow and treacherous one, and it is seldom that a boat enters this port without running aground on the bar, which is constantly shifting on account of the action of the wind and currents. Capt. W.H. Winborne, in company with his seamen, George Reads, Harry Foote and Mark Cline, attempted to row her yawlboat, with the large anchor aboard, out into the deeper water in order to secure a good anchorage. When only a short distance from the vessel, the yawlboat shipped a huge wave and immediately filled with water and sunk. Capt. F. Sanders, Emery Cleveland and Herbert Van Vlack, of the Coaster, lying at anchor under Storr's harbor, saw the accident and hastened to the relief of the unfortunate men, who were endeavoring to swim ashore. After a hard battle with the wind and waves they were able to reach the men, who by this time were becoming exhausted and their strength fast failing them. Capt. Winborne, by words of cheer to the men, gave them new resolution, and they were saved.

\ Capt. Winborne was obliged to slip his anchors and make for this port. The boat W.J. Phillips is still aground on the bar.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Oct 1895