The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1898

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p.1 When Navigation Will Open - Cleveland, Dec. 14th - The executive of the lake carriers' association and a number of vessel owners not members of the organization have adopted a resolution providing that navigation should not open before April 25th next year, and to bring this about it was decided to solicit the aid of the grain underwriters. The object is to prevent the usual rush of boats for cargoes and the subsequent demoralization of rates.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Queen of the Lakes, coal from Oswego to R. Crawford & Co., was expected over today. Capt. Staley is in command. The sailors are each to receive $10 for their services for the trip.

The Oswego life saving station has closed for the season. The harbor lights will be kept burning, however.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy are at Richardson & Sons' elevator. The Dandy has 3,500 bushels of barley from Stella. As soon as unloaded she will clear for Bath for a load of wheat.

p.7 Frozen In the Ice - Detroit, Dec. 14th - Ice extends from St. Clair cut down through the Detroit river, and for about forty miles out into Lake Erie. Four craft are fast off Pelee Island and a score of others are also stuck in that locality. One of them, the Northern Queen, is cut into by the ice; her forward compartments are full of water, and her wheel is broken. Three sailors who walked ashore on the ice from the steamer George Stone, Kingville, Ont., report that the vessel is out of fuel and provisions and absolutely helpless.

Dec. 15, 1898



The schooner Fabiola is securely frozen in at Fairhaven. She is coal laden for S. Anglin & Co., but the coal will not be delivered until next spring. When the schooner entered Fairhaven bay it was full of floating ice. After loading contrary gales kept her tied up. On Tuesday last the wind shifted, the weather turned cold and froze the bay over. An attempt was made to "kedge" the schooner out of the bay, but the anchor was hauled aboard without the schooner moving an inch. Capt. Bates decided to allow the schooner to anchor there, so he had her stripped and engaged a watchman to look after her during the winter. He started home with the crew, who arrived in the city yesterday. They say that it was impossible to move out of the bay owing to heavy adverse gales and snow storms which lasted ten days. When fair wind did come around the schooner was frozen in solid. On Tuesday last they were nearly frozen while trying to get the schooner out of the bay.

Ice In the Channel - between Garden and Wolfe Islands; islanders have to walk a mile over the ice to board the ferry.

p.3 Deseronto, Dec. 15th - Owing to severe cold weather on Monday and Tuesday the tug Rescue could not get through the ice, thus the steam barge Resolute will not be able to make this port for winter, but will likely lay up at Kingston.

p.4 The schooner Queen of the Lakes is still at Oswego. She is awaiting a fair wind to clear for this port.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1898