The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1899

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p.1 A Schooner Foundered - Chicago, Sept. 8th - The schooner America, which for over half a century has sailed the lakes foundered today about 35 miles north-east of this harbor. The crew was taken off by a tug.

p.3 Thousand Island Park, Sept. 4th - ....The government supply boat Warrington is delivering supplies to the American light houses on the river and lakes.....It is reported on the river that Col. O.G. Staples, proprietor of the Thousand Island house, has purchased the Now Then, the beautiful yacht of John A. Lukenbach, of New York city. The Now Then is a Herreschoff boat and is the fastest on the river. She is eighty-seven feet long, 375 horsepower, and has a record of twenty-four miles an hour. The white squadron will be on the river much later than usual this year and have a number of excursions to run about the middle of the month. The searchlight and ramble trips are well patronized yet.

p.6 A Steamer Ashore - Detroit, Sept. 8th - Word was received today that the passenger steamer State of Michigan is ashore at Colchester. The wrecking tug Saginaw has gone to her relief. The State of Michigan runs from Lake Erie ports and Detroit to Mackinaw. She was bound down.

Wind Wafts - The schooner Fleetwing is loading lumber for Oswego at the spile dock.

The steam yacht Louise, belonging to Mr. Boldt, summering at Alexandria Bay, was at Swift's wharf this afternoon. She is a beautiful craft.

The steamer Algerian, from Toronto, is four hours late and will not reach here until seven o'clock this evening.

The steamer Cuba, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf this morning.

The schooner Two Brothers cleared yesterday for Oswego.

The steamer Hamilton arrives from Montreal tonight.

The passenger list on the steamer Toronto is gradually diminishing.

The steamer John Milne came out of Davis' dry dock this afternoon after receiving repairs.

The schooner Eliza Fisher, from Charlotte, arrived this morning with coal for the Rathbun company.


Great Steel Steamer Wrecked In St. Mary's River.

Detroit, Sept. 8th - The most alarming situation that has been experienced in a quarter of a century with regard to lake freight traffic exists as a consequence of the wrecking of the

Douglas Houghton, a magnificent steel freighter, which came to grief in St. Mary's River by a collision with a heavily laden barge. The barge swung round and struck the Houghton in the side, making what must have been a large hole, though its dimensions are not yet known. The iron freighted boat sank in a few minutes. The ship is in only twenty feet of water, but the river is at this point so narrow that it constitutes an effective blockade. The Douglas Houghton belongs to the Bessemer line. She was launched at the Globe yards, Cleveland, a few weeks ago, and is one of the two largest boats on the lakes. The other one is the Samuel Morse, her sister ship. She is 476 feet long and has a fifty foot beam. Her cost was over $300,000. This trip down was her third trip, and she was loaded with 6,400 tons of ore. Her consort, the Fritz, is 450 feet long and has a fifty foot beam. She had on 7,000 tons of ore.

The Manitoba grain fleet will be seriously delayed, which will in turn delay the outgoing ocean steamers at Montreal. The loss in this particular alone will be very heavy.

Every one of the great fleet of boats above the blockade is rendered useless until the Houghton is raised and they are rapidly piling up at the Soo awaiting that event. Those boats lucky enough to be caught below the Soo will be placed in the Lake Michigan trade to a great extent.

Some learned heads in Detroit say that the Houghton cannot be raised inside of a week, and that so far as the general welfare of the lake traffic is concerned it would be better to blow the Houghton and her cargo sky high with dynamite, although there is no probability of this being done.

Capt. A.E. Stewart received a telegram from the scene of the accident which told him that vessels not drawing over 13 1/2 feet of water could get through the old Canadian channel and by the Houghton.

One proposition is that all of the available wreckers on the lakes be put upon the wreck of the Houghton, regardless of cost, that the work of raising her and getting her out of the way may be accomplished in as few days as is possible.

Montreal, Sept. 8th - Mr. Piers, managing the Canadian Pacific railway steamers, said that he had received word that the steamship Athabaska is detained at the "Soo" now.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1899