The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1895

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p.1 General Paragraphs - A telegram received today from Wm. Lesslie states that the schooner Worts is still ashore and that the wreckers are waiting for the weather to go out and release her.


The sloop Madcap is in from bay ports with 1,500 bushels of rye.

The schr. Fleetwing is in at Swift's with a cargo of coal from Charlotte.

The barge Minnie Francis is unloading wood from Portland at Swift's dock.

The tug Thomson arrived last night from Montreal with four light barges.

The sloop Laura D. is loading 2,000 bushels of corn at Richardson & Son's elevator for Clayton.

The schr. Ella Murton has been purchased by sheriff Murton, of Hamilton, for $1,200. He formerly owned her.

The schr. Annie Minnes arrived last night from Picton with 2,000 bushels of wheat for James Richardson & Sons.

C.F. Gildersleeve says it is not the intention of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company to build any new boats this winter.

As soon as a new bowsprit is placed in position in the schr. Queen of the Lakes she will load 5,000 bushels of rye for Walkerville.

Davis & Son are building a steam yacht for Mr. Knopf, New York, who occupies Gesner's island in summer. The boat will cost $6,000 and be guaranteed to run twelve miles an hour.

The str. James Swift called at this port last evening. This vessel brings from 600 to 1,000 barrels of apples to the city at each trip for transhipment to Montreal for the British trade.

The water in the harbor is still receding. Every day more of the shoal around shoal tower is becoming visible. If the water gets much lower some of the docks along the harbor front will be valueless for landing purposes.

p.2 Died at Elginburg - Capt. William Smythe, 68, "a well known pilot, and had the honor of guiding the vessel that carried the Prince of Wales and party up the river in 1861." (sic)


Those Canadian insurance companies which have been taking cargo risks on the upper lakes this season have made several very heavy losses recently, losses which will, it is said, wipe out their entire premiums for the year's business. All lines of marine insurance are reporting disasters to the underwriters this season. For several months there was a good profit in insuring grain in the Canadian trade from Fort William, and the Canadian pool in grain insurance did very well. The late losses, however, more than exhaust all the premiums taken in on Canadian grain the present season. The latest loss is that of the str. Missoula, which left Fort William on the night of October 31st with a cargo of grain for Buffalo.

The Missoula foundered off Caribou Island, in Lake Michigan, vessel and cargo being a total loss.

Two Canadian insurance companies, the Western and the British American, were interested to the extent of about $5,000 each in the cargo of the Missoula. The vessel was valued at $95,000 and was insured for $50,000 through C.A. Macdonald & Co., Chicago. The cargo consisted of 70,000 bushels of grain, valued at $50,000. Another loss, in which the Canadian companies dropped about $18,000, was that of the Canadian steambarge W.B. Hall, which went ashore on the Magnetic shoals, near the entrance of Lake Huron and Superior. The steambarge was not wrecked, but the cargo was practically totally destroyed. Now $30,000 more, in which the Canadian pool is interested to some extent, are in jeopardy. This is the value of the grain in the holds of the Toronto schooner J.G. Worts and the steambarge City of Owen Sound, from Midland to Buffalo, which are ashore near Tobermorey. This loss is not expected to be anything like a total one.

Collins Bay Briefs - Nov. 13th - ...The barges Waubashene and Muskoka are being hauled out on the ways...

Marysville, Wolfe Island - Nov. 13th - ...The str. Pierrepont has a hard time making connections here on account of the lowness of the water. Saturday she had three different landing places which were very convenient to the islanders....

p.4 A Crazy Sailor - Sandusky, Ohio, Nov. 14th - schr. Aunt Ruth towed into port by tug Connolly; a crazy sailor had shot several of the crew.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1895