The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1899

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The tug Hall arrived with several light barges from Montreal this morning.

Called at Swift's wharf: steamer Corsican, from Toronto; steamer Spartan, from Montreal.

The steamer John Milne, from Oswego, passed here this morning on its way to Smith's Falls.

The steamer Averill, from Chicago, unloaded 55,000 bushels of corn and rye at the M.T. company elevator today.

The S.S. Rosedale from Duluth, with 60,000 bushels of wheat, is expected at the M.T. company elevator this evening.

The steamer Orion did not get away yesterday. Some repairs are being made to her, new planking being put in her bow, and some caulking done. The steamer will not clear for Fort William until tomorrow night.


Oswego, Aug. 1st - During the heavy storm on Lake Ontario Monday the three large coal barges Sherman, Thrush and Lapwing, owned by the George Hall company, of Ogdensburg, were cut loose from the tug Mary P. Hall off Long Point and left to the mercy of the sea. The barges and their cargoes are safe, a despatch from Ogdensburg announces. The tug ran into this port and laid up with a broken surface blower pipe.

The tow line between the Thrush and the Lapwing parted and the latter went adrift. The Hall let go of the other barges and set about to pick up the Lapwing and in the attempt broke her blower pipe.

The barges carried crews of eight men each, and, being seaworthy, were in no great danger, although some relief was felt by Capt. Richards, of the Hall, when the despatch announcing the safety of the craft was received.

p.2 An Unsatisfactory Race - war canoe loses to Calvin's steamyacht Bluebell.


Sank Before Their Eyes.

Harbor Beach, Mich., Aug. 1st - The tug Grace A. Ruelle, Detroit, foundered in Saginaw Bay Saturday night. In the attempt to reach shore captain Jule Lemay, her master, was drowned. The engineer, Fred Sayre, the only other member of the crew, was rescued by the crew of the steamer Rust Sunday noon and brought to this port. The two men improvised a raft from cabin doors and when their craft sank beneath them they started to reach the land on the frail raft. For twelve hours they drifted about, wet to the skin and hungry. At eleven o'clock Sunday captain Lemay decided to try to swim to shore. He had gone but a short distance when his strength gave out, and weakened by exposure he sank before the eyes of his shipmate. An hour later the steamer Rust came along and took the engineer off the raft.



[Syracuse Post-Standard]

Alexandria Bay, July 30th - The largest lumber raft of the season passed down the river Saturday night in tow of the powerful side-wheel tug Chieftain. The raft was about 600 feet long and contained many thousand feet of valuable timber.

These rafts are not an uncommon sight to those who spend the entire summer here, but their history is an unknown quantity to many. The rafts range anywhere from five to eight feet in depth and are about 200 to 600 in dimensions. The timber is cut in the wilds of upper Canada, and is towed in sections through rivers and canals to Kingston, where the raft is made up. A powerful tug then takes it in tow to Prescott, where it is divided up into small rafts.

These sections are guided by polemen down the rapids to Montreal. This is the most dangerous part of the trip and many a lumberman has been dashed into the turbulent waters by a single false step or miscalculation. Upon arrival in Montreal harbor the rafts are broken up and the timber is loaded upon the large Canadian freight steamers and shipped abroad.....

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The S.S. Averill cleared today for upper lake ports.

The schooner Acacia arrived from Oswego today with coal for Crawford & Co.

Called at Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria from Toronto; steamer Lake Michigan from Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1899