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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1898

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Lost With All Hands.

Cleveland, Oct. 29th - The steamer L.R. Doty, it is believed, was lost during the recent great storm on Lake Michigan with all hands. The Doty, owned by the Cuyahoga transit Co. of this city, and carried a crew of sixteen men. The Doty was a wooden steamer and was built at West Bay, Mich., in 1893. Her capacity was 1,700 net tons. She was 201 feet long and forty-one feet beam. Her insurance valuation was $190,000.

The Vessel Taken Off.

Quebec, Oct. 29th - The vessel which went ashore on Goose Island during Thursday night's storm is the schooner Queen of the Lakes from Montreal, bound to New Glasgow, N.S., with a cargo of produce. She left here on Thursday morning under sail, and was caught in the gale the same night. It is said she came to anchor but was driven from her anchorage by the force of the gale high up on land. All her sails had been torn away. The tug Dauntless left for Goose Island yesterday afternoon to render all possible assistance to the stranded vessel. The Dauntless succeeded in pulling the Queen of the Lakes afloat and took her in tow to Quebec.



The schooner Acacia was expected in from Oswego today with coal for R. Crawford.

The str. Niagara arrived at the M.T. co's elevator last evening with 24,000 bushels of corn from Toledo.

The sloop Minnie arrived from bay ports this morning, with wheat for Richardson & Sons'. She was immediately unloaded.

The schooner Eliza White, with 5,000 bushels of peas and rye for the M.T. company, arrived from South Bay last evening.

The steamer Erin, from Detroit, with 28,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator this morning and was discharged.

The steamer Rosemount and consorts Selkirk and Melrose, with 170,000 bushels of wheat, from Fort William, are expected in port this evening.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Dunmore and Winnipeg reached the M.T. company's wharf this afternoon with 152,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William.

The government dredge Rideau arrived in port yesterday to perform some necessary work at the entrance to Anglin's bay, in the Cataraqui river. Work was begun there to-day.

The schooner Acacia, about a week overdue, arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for Booth & Co. She was roughly used on the lake, but pulled through the storms in fairly good condition.

Capt. William Poole, Grenadier Island, with his son and a crew of seven are in Brockville with the sailing yacht Cora, which they will take to New York. It is the property of a wealthy New Yorker who spends his summers near Alexandria Bay.

The big government dredge at work in the harbor has yet to deepen the channel between shoal tower and Swift's wharf. Beyond that point the channel is of sufficient depth to allow the deepest draught boats to enter. The work will be accomplished this fall if the weather remains favorable.

Rev. Dr. Evans, at present in the city, has given an order to the Davis dry dock company to build a thirty-three foot steamer for use on the Jordan, in Palestine. It will be about the only boat in use on the inland waters of Palestine. Dr. Evans, who soon returns to the holy land, hopes to establish near Jericho a training school for girls, who may, as nurses, gain entrance to Mohammodan homes.

The tug Active and schooner Grantham reached the stranded barges Hector and Kildonan yesterday, and in the afternoon the steam pumps were at work. A quantity of coal was removed from the Hector, and work was continued until four o'clock this morning, when prevented by a stiff breeze from the south-west. At daylight the wind shifted around to the south, and freshened, causing quite a sea to roll in on shore. Both barges are standing the strain well, and will reach this port safely this fall.

An instance of quick despatch was shown yesterday in unloading the schooner Two Brothers. She arrived at the Kingston hosiery mill wharf in the morning with nearly 200 tons of coal, and at 9:30 p.m. she was ready to sail again. At eleven o'clock she cleared for Oswego to load coal for Napanee. Precaution was taken to avoid a repetition of the schooner Burton's experience, while the Two Brothers was at the mill wharf. The tug Fearless remained with her until she was underway.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes, owned by J. Richardson & Sons, of this city, which went ashore on Goose Island, off L'Islet, Thursday, has been released, but she is in a sad condition. While en route from Montreal to New Glasgow, N.S., with a cargo of wheat and corn she was overtaken by a fierce gale, which carried away her canvass and some of her spars. Near the island she dropped her two large anchors, but these she lost. The schooner had been given a new foresail, new staysail and other new canvas, and was never in better condition to undertake a long voyage. Though her spars and rigging are gone her hull is yet staunch and tight, not one kernel of the cargo being damaged. Not a seam was opened up by the rough experience, and that indicates a sound hull. Capt. Rudolph, Montreal, is in charge of the schooner. The owners have not yet decided what steps they will take this fall. The cargo, though, will be transferred and sent to New Glasgow.

The Schooner St. Peter's Crew.

Rochester, N.Y. Oct. 29th - By the sinking of the schooner St. Peter in Lake Ontario, off Sodus Point, on Thursday morning, six lives were lost including Mrs. John Griffin, wife of the captain; the mate John McCreight, Kingston; a seaman named Bosworth, aged twenty-three years, and three Swedes, who shipped at Oswego a few days ago, and whose names are unknown. Capt. Griffin is the only survivor, and he is now at Charlotte, where he told the story of the disaster. He is a part owner. The captain has two children living at Toledo. The schooner left Oswego with coal consigned to a man named Schenck, at Toledo.

p.8 Was Schooner Unseaworthy? Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 29th - Legal complications are likely to grow out of the foundering of the schooner St. Peter near Sodus yesterday. Prior to her departure two sailors called on United States commissioner Churchill and arranged to institute proceedings against Capt. Griffin, claiming that he owed them each $16 in wages. They said they shipped to Oswego and wanted to leave the vessel because it was unseaworthy. They were directed to return, but did not do so.

Two more boats of the Atlantic fleet were successfully taken through the rapids of the St. Lawrence river yesterday. Over half the fleet has reached Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1898