The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1896

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The tug Active arrived up from Montreal, light, last night.

The schr. Nellie Hunter, light, cleared for Oswego this morning.

The sloop Maggie L. is loading 500 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Collins Bay.

The schr. Freeman, from Belleville, discharged 5,800 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning.

The strs. Armenia and D.D. Calvin, with consorts, timber laden, from Marquette and French River, arrived today at Garden Island.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf: str. Persia, St. Catharines, with a full load of passengers; str. Merritt, Bay of Quinte, with excursion; str. Vesta, New York.

The schr. Fleetwing has been delayed at this port for thirteen days owing to other vessels in ahead of her. She brought over the first cargo of soft coal for Swift & Co.

The schr. Cheney Ames sprung a leak going up through the Welland canal yesterday. A diver caulked her open seams and she proceeded on her course. She was bound from Oswego to Muskegon with coal.

Pumps have been sent from Kingston to assist in the work of raising the steambarge Samoa, which collided with a rock in the narrows near Union park, four miles from Brockville. Passengers on the str. Corsican witnessed the accident, and one says he never saw such a sight. The Samoa, drawing fourteen feet, struck the rock, rose into the air, went upon the rock, quivered, careened and went off. She was headed at once for a bay near by. The barge Celtic struck the rock immediately after and stayed on it. The boats could have passed outside had the coarse been twenty feet to the south. The Corsican had to sheer to keep out of collision with the damaged crafts. The Samoa is ashore in Watrous' Bay on a clay bottom, drawing twelve and a half water fore and twenty feet aft.

Jammed Between Logs - man employed by the Collins Bay rafting company in unloading timber from vessels.



The Foundering of a Barge Off Rondeau.

Chatham, Ont., July 15th - From Blenheim and Rondeau comes startling news of shipwreck. R.A. McKay, Bay City, Mich., is in the former town on a very sad errand, having spent some days pacing the beach in search of the body of his father, Capt. George McKay, whose boat, the barge Wissahickon, one of a tow of four boats, had foundered during a storm off Rondeau. A telegram was sent to his mother from F. Crofts, one of the crew, who, with George Eagan, mate of the ill-fated boat, were the only ones rescued.

They had taken a raft after the captain had signalled to the J.P. Donaldson, the boat having the others in tow, repeatedly that they were in a sinking condition, but owing to the high sea running, no assistance could be rendered. The rescued men saved themselved by means of a raft, after trying in vain to induce the captain to launch the yawl and save the rest of the crew, consisting of two other sailors and the cook, a Mrs. Kate Casey, of Toronto.

After a rough time of it for six hours they managed to be rescued by the Tuscarora, a large liner of the Lehigh Valley railroad, while the little Wissahickon foundered almost before their eyes, taking the captain and crew to the bottom.

Mr. McKay, jr., will continue his search along the beach as far east as Long Point.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1896