The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1897

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p.1 Wind Wafts - Last evening the Donnelly Salvage and Wrecking company sent down to the scene of the sinking of the schooner Jennie Matthews additional tools and equipment to be used in raising her.



The steamer Ketchum cleared last evening for Chicago.

The tugs Thomson and Hall cleared for Montreal with eight grain laden barges.

The schooner Fleetwing was launched today from the marine ways at Portsmouth.

The sloop Madcap, Wolfe Island, this morning discharged 1,500 bushels of oats at Ricahrdson & Sons' elevator.

The schooner Annie Minnes today discharged 8,400 bushels of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator. The grain was consigned from Wellington, to which port she cleared again for another cargo.

The schooner Minnedosa has about 1,300 bushels of damaged wheat in her hold. She was at Port Dalhousie at the time of the recent accident to one of the Welland canal locks. The rush of water caused the Minnedosa to pound, allowing water to enter her seams. This morning Capts. Taylor and Donnelly made a survey of the schooner.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Oct. 5th - Down: barge Danforth, steamers Lindsay, Sequin, Rosemount, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; schooner Straubenzie, Ashtabula to Hamilton, coal.

Port Dalhousie, Oct. 5th - Work is progressing slowly at the lock. The two lower gates are now both placed in their position, but some of the iron work has to be done before they can be closed, which they are now waiting for before water can be let in the level. After they start to let the water in the level it will take some two days for it to fill to its proper height, and that means Thursday morning or Friday night before any locking can be done.

p.4 Everything Is Dried Up - Chicago, Oct. 6th - ...Lake Michigan has been made almost unnavigable on account of the smoke and fog. Captains on incoming vessels have reported a most alarming state of affairs. Many have not slept for forty-eight hours on account of the watchfulness that was necessary. Boats picking their way through the straights of Mackinaw were particularly hampered. Landmarks were obliterated and lights rendered indistinct at a distance of the length of the steamer....

Laying Up the Boats - The work of putting the steamers of the white squadron into winter condition is about complete. All the boats are stripped, with the exception of the steamer New Island Wanderer, which will be kept in commission for a month or two yet.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1897