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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1899

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In Grappling For One Boat They Found Another.

If the weather holds out fine the Messrs. Donnelly hope to have the tug Walker afloat tonight or by tomorrow noon at the very latest. Some difficulty was experienced in locating the tug. Last fall men worked for two weeks in an effort to place the sunken boat. They located what was thought to be the tug, but this spring it was found that the buoy marked another wreck, - thought to be the propeller Zealand, sunk there some years ago during a storm. However, the tug was located Wednesday, and work was at once begun in getting chains under her preparatory to lifting her. She will be brought down under the bottom of the schooner Grantham and upon arrival here will be pumped out and floated.

Yesterday diver Charles took very ill while at work on the tug and had to be hauled to the surface. His place was taken by diver William Newman. After getting the Walker floated the Donnellys will attempt to raise what they suppose is the propeller Zealand. If it proves to be the Zealand, the find will be a rich one. Apart from the value of the steamer, she has a cargo of barrelled pork aboard, which will be as good when brought to the surface as when first packed.

The storm in which the propeller foundered was one of the fiercest that ever swept over Lake Ontario. It began on the evening of November 6th, 1880. Before daybreak the following morning the Zealand had foundered within sight of shore, near Nicholson's Island, with all hands aboard. The crew numbered twenty persons and not one lived to tell the story of the awful event. Strange to relate none of the bodies were ever found. The steamer was bound down for Kingston and Montreal with a general cargo. She was owned and commanded by Capt. Zealand, whose home was at Hamilton. Only a little wreckage floated ashore. One trunk was found, and from the nature of its contents it was supposed to have belonged to the cook. A nephew of the late Capt. Zealand, Capt. Henry Zealand, is now in command of one of the large whaleback steamers plying between Duluth and Buffalo. If the Zealand is raised after lying under water for nearly nineteen years, it will be a marvellous piece of marine wrecking, without a parallel in the records of marine shipping on the great lakes. The Donnellys have every confidence that they can accomplish the feat.

In the storm that resulted in the foundering of the propeller Zealand occurred great loss of life. The schooner Norway, timber laden, from Toronto to Garden Island, foundered with all hands. She was waterlogged some miles west of the Ducks, and next day the wreck was picked up and towed to Garden Island. Only two bodies were recovered of all that formed her gallant crew. Peter Byrne, brother of Simon Byrne, in the employment of I.H. Breck, was one of the unfortunate crew. His remains were never recovered.

The barque Thomas C. Street also went ashore and to pieces on the rocks about three miles west of Wellington. She had aboard a full cargo of wheat for Kingston. Not a dollar's worth of cargo nor a portion of the barque was saved. Capt. Geoghegan, H.M. customs landing waiter, was mate of the ill-fated barque.

The schooner Albatross also went ashore on a sand bar near Wellington.

The schooner Speedwell, laden with wheat from Toronto to Kingston, lived through the storm and found refuge in Kingston harbor after a terrible experience. Capt. Ewart, at present in command of the steamship Rosedale, was in charge of the Speedwell on that memorable occasion.

The schooner Orion, Capt. A. Malone, Garden Island, laden with timber, also ran before the storm and reached Garden Island safely.


The schooner Two Brothers is at Anglin's wharf with coal.

The steamer America is at Rathbun's dock receiving a finishing coat of paint.

The steamer Whittaker (Whitaker ?), from Chicago, unloaded corn at Mooers' elevator yesterday, and cleared last night.

The steamer Pierrepont started at ten o'clock to bring in the steamer Erin and consort, lying at anchor under the lee of Nine Mile Point.

The S.S. Rosemount and consorts, from Fort William, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator last night with 200,000 bushels of wheat.

The steamer D.D. Calvin, Ashland, Wis., is at Garden Island with the schooner Augustus, with deals, and Ceylon, with oak. The Calvin has iron ore for Deseronto.

The Canadian inspector of hulls refused to pass some of the boats of the white squadron until more lifeboat accommodation had been furnished. The owners complied and certificates were then granted.

While running down Lake Ontario yesterday the steamer Erin broke her wheel. Her captain went ashore on Wolfe Island and telegraphed to this city for a tug to tow the disabled steamer into port. The Erin is loaded with wheat from Duluth for Richardson & Sons. She has the schooner Danforth in tow, bound for Prescott. The Donnelly salvage and wrecking company sent a tug out to bring the Erin in. She will be docked here and receive a new wheel.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, May 25th - Up: steamer Merrimac, Kingston to Duluth, light; steamer Massachusetts, Kingston to West Superior, light; schooner S.H. Dunn, Kingston to Toledo, light.

Port Colborne, May 25th - Down: steamer Tecumseh and barges, Toledo to Collins Bay, steamer Cuba, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; steamer Arabian, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo.

p.3 Goderich, May 23rd - The St. Lawrence left for Cleveland on Monday. Twelve thousand bushels of corn of the large cargo of the steam barge Spry, Capt. Elliot, Chicago, is for Mooers' elevator, and another large cargo is expected in this week for the same....The schooner Hunter Savage, Capt. Frank Sharpstem, brought 320 tons of coal from Cleveland, seventy tons being for the dredge Arnoldi, and the balance for Mooers' elevator. Mr. Gilmore, Kingston, of the elevator, is delighted with our town.

p.6 Capt. Hageny Seriously Ill - Toledo, May 26th - The terrors of a shipwreck, exposure on a bit of wreckage in the icy waters of Lake Superior, in a gale of wind and on the beach, and grief over the loss of wife and child and crew, have brought Capt. Andrew Hagheny of the schooner Nelson to such a physical and mental condition that he is now confined at the Toledo marine hospital. The doctors class his troubles as nervousness and insomnia.

Discharging Her Cargo - The steamer Erin arrived down from Four Mile Point early this afternoon in tow of the steamer Pierrepont. She had 28,000 bushels of wheat, and this was discharged at Richardsons' elevator. Her consort, the schooner Danforth, with 45,000 bushels of wheat, is destined for Prescott. A new wheel will likely be put on the Erin tomorrow.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Hamilton arrives up from Montreal tonight.

The schooner Cleveland left for Charlotte last night to load soft screenings for this port.

The schooners Fleetwing and Fabiola cleared for Charlotte to load coal for Swift & Co.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1899