The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1898

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p.2 Launching of a Vessel - The Calvin company may postpone the launching of the new steamer India, now on the stocks, until the first week in the new year, in order to secure the registration of the boat in 1899. If the steamer was launched now she would be registered as being one year old by the beginning of the new year. If the weather keeps open the launching will be held over until early in January.

p.3 Deseronto, Dec. 20th - ....The schooner Annandale was frozen in at Sodus Point, N.Y. for the last seven days. She was the last vessel to have arrived at this port, but at last failed. Capt. McMaster, of above vessel, arrived home on Friday. The steambarge Reliance has been hauled out on the marine railway and will undergo some repairs. The following vessels are in winter quarters here: steamers Reliance, Rescue, Ella Ross, Ranger, Siesta, Deseronto, Armenia, Nile, and schooner Loretta Rooney....


Gloucester, Mass., Dec. 20th - The schooner Robin Hood, Capt. Victor Sampson, arrived from a fresh halibut trip, having on board Capt. John Mason and the crew of the barge San Diego, bound from Buffalo, N.Y., for New York, via the Welland canal and the St. Lawrence river, which was abandoned at sea and set on fire December 17th.

The barge, which left Port Hawkesbury November 26th in tow of the steamer Aragon, parted her hawser in the great storm of the 27th. She reached La Havre under her own sail, but leaking badly, where the Aragon found her while repairing.

On December 12th another start was made, but six days later, when off Shelburne, N.S., at midnight, the steamer and her tow struck a north west gale. The barge rolled frightfully, the water constantly impeding her progress. The waves carried away her mast, breaking the stanchion and smashing her steering apparatus.

Then the condensor of the Aragon blew out and she was forced to let go the San Diego and make for Boston, from which port it was expected to send out another towboat to bring in the barge.

The barge, however, soon opened her seams and for forty two hours the crew struggled at the pumps for their lives. On Saturday morning the Robin Hood saw the barge's distress signals and putting by her, rescued those on board. After taking off the exhausted crew Capt. Sampson set fire to the abandoned craft to prevent her from becoming a menace to other vessels.

p.8 General Paragraphs - The steamer King Ben will undergo extensive repairs here this winter. A new arch will be put in and new machinery added which, it is calculated, will materially increase her speed.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1898