The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1896

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Called at Craig & Co. wharf: str. Alexandria and str. Ocean from Montreal.

Henderson Bros. today pulled their steamyacht Sophia out on ways for the winter.

The M.T. Co. is so pressed for tug service that the str. Glengarry had to be put into tug commission.

The tug Thomson with three light barges arrived from Montreal last evening and returned with six grain laden.

The sloop Dandy loaded 2,000 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator today and cleared for Westport.

The schr. Echo today took aboard 2,000 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator and cleared for Napanee.

The schr. Vienna, Port Hope, arrived yesterday with 8,500 bushels of peas for the M.T. Co. She was discharged and cleared light for up the lake.

The str. Glengarry with two coal laden barges arrived from Oswego last night. She cleared again for Prescott taking in her tow one more barge grain laden.



A despatch reached here last night which read: "The crew of the missing str. Acadia arrived safely at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this afternoon. They report the Acadia ashore at Michipicoten river and likely to be a total wreck."

Last night Capt. Geoghegan said he was well acquainted with Capt. John Clifford, commander of the str. Acadia, a thorough sailor. He knows the northern shore of Lake Superior as well as a school boy knows his A B Cs, having done all the tug work for the C.P.R. company during the building of the line through that section of the country. He knows the location of every inlet and bay and with half a chance in his favor he was sure he would pull through any gale. He has as his first mate, John Collins, one of the steadiest, surest and most careful of men sailing the lakes, and if at all possible to bring a boat through a sea these men would accomplish the task. Capt. Geoghegan was of opinion that if the Acadia had not foundered she was in some bay in the vicinity of Michipicoten Island, most probably with machinery injured. The steamer might lie there six months without anybody being the wiser.

The place where the str. Acadia went ashore is almost at the spot where the schr. Glenora drifted aground in May, 1892. It will be remembered that for over a week no tidings had been received of the schooner, and she was given up for lost when a telegram was received from Capt. Fleming that the Glenora was ashore at Michipicoten. Capt. Fleming, with two Indian guides, walked overland sixty-five miles to the nearest telegraph station on the line of the C.P.R. to send the despatch. When the schooner went ashore there were about two feet of snow on the ground, although it was the month of sunny May. While the vessel lay stranded the crew went ashore and killed time by hunting with Indians for guides.

Capt. Clifford makes the following statement: "We left Port Arthur at 11 a.m. Nov. 4th, with a cargo of 21,000 bushels of wheat for Ogilvie & Co. Everything went well until we reached Michipicoten island at 5 p.m. Nov. 4th. Wind freshened up and blew very hard, and in a blinding snow storm we tried to make lee at Brule Point, and in doing so struck a shoal about 10 p.m. At 2 a.m., Nov. 6th, the steamer was full of water, and at daylight the crew all left her and went ashore.

"On the morning of the 7th, Capt. Clifford, Steve Saxby, J. Grant, Thos. Saxby and James Miron left in a small boat for the Sault, and did not reach here until 5 p.m. on November 13th inst. They had very rough weather. The captain left two sailors in charge of the steamer, which is lying in about twelve feet of water, and exposed to north-west, west and south-west winds. The remaining ten of the crew were left at Gargangua light-house, with only provisions enough to last two or three days, and will be without food if a tug is not sent to their relief at once. Capt. Clifford is unable to give the names of all the crew,but says they are all well and safe."

Incidents of the Day - The schr. Burton is loading coal at Fairhaven for W.G. Craig & Co.

The str. Hamilton is on the last trip of the season.

Tomorrow insurance on vessels cease, except at special rates.


Cleveland, Nov. 14th - The str. Wallula, ore laden from Ashland, Wis., to Conneaut, Ohio, went ashore while trying to make the latter port during the storm yesterday forenoon. A rudder chain broke and the big vessel became the plaything of every sea that rolled in. The captain ordered the sea cocks opened in order to let in water. In this way he thought to steady her. The ship was accordingly scuttled. Either the captain's orders were misunderstood or the sailors acted with too great energy, for too many sea cocks were opened. The result was that the water rushed in in great volume and the steamer rapidly settled.

At this juncture a life saving crew put off from shore. Lines were sent aboard and ten of the twelve men were taken off. Two seamen whose full names could not be learned were lost overboard. After the ship was abandoned she was driven hard ashore. Immediately after she struck, a spiral flame shot up from her. This broke into a fierce blaze which mantled her fore and aft and continued to burn until darkness fell.

The Wallula was owned by Thomas Wilson of this city and was valued at $90,000. She carried an unusually large cargo of ore, the value of which is not known. The vessel is insured for $70,000. She was in command of Captain Holmes. Capt. Holmes said that the storm was (bottom line cut off - unreadable)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1896