The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1896

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p.1 The Dredge Released - Connolly Bros. have had their dredge International released from the custody of the sheriff. The recent decision of Judge Burbidge in granting the claim of Connolly Bros. against the government for $45,000 extras entailed in the construction of the Kingston dry dock, gave the contractors a counter claim against the government. The amount of the extras more than satisfied the claim against the dredge held by the government, which was for $35,000. The remaining $5,000 was swallowed up in costs, etc.

p.4 The str. Glengarry and consorts, light, passed up through the Welland canal, yesterday and the str. Clinton with consort Serpent River, timber, passed down from Collins Bay.


It was a story of thrilling interest that Capt. Lewis Elliot told a Watertown Standard man yesterday afternoon, of the burning of the steamer John F. Hodge in mid-lake, early Sunday morning. After describing the fire, its origin and its rapid spread, he said:

"My wife had joined me at Buffalo intending to take the trip down the lake and to visit our friends in Watertown. It was, therefore, my first care to get her off safely. I ran to my cabin and told her to hurry up. The smoke and heat even then made it difficult to get at the boats. H.C. Farrell, part owner of the boat and manager, had a room in the cabin well astern. He attempted to get forward, but was cut off and had to buckle a life preserver on and throw himself into the lake. A watchman named Monk astern did likewise and we could not find them. It was almost impossible for the mate and me to do anything with the crew, but we finally got the yawl across the deck from port to starboard to the davits to lower. By this time the safety valve had blown out and the boat slowed down to a speed of eight miles per hour. We got the men in the boat one by one. I stood at the forward tackle and the mate at the rear. When all but three were safely down I saw a man with an axe strike at the painter.

"At that moment I saw the danger we were in. If the painter were cut and the rear tackle remained fast with the vessel running at such a rate of speed the yawl would be whirled around and overturned. 'Jump,' I said to the mate, 'jump for your life.' I did likewise and landed on a crazy sailor's neck before the painter was severed. I caught the rope and held it until the rear gear was free and then we were out on the lake away from the flames."

Mrs. Elliot was the bravest member of the first party and directed the men in their rescue of Mr. Farrell and the watchman, Monk. "I did not believe I should be frightened by sudden danger," she said, "and was not even when our lives were in such danger. I supposed my husband would follow me, but he remained on deck and only said, 'You are all right.' "

Mr. Farrell was almost exhausted when the first party found him struggling in the water. They heard some one say "come, get me quick," and he was lifted aboard. Monk was also found.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1896