The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1899

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Buffalo, Dec. 8th - It is believed in marine circles that the wooden steamer Niagara, carrying a crew of sixteen men, foundered in a gale Wednesday night off Long Point on Lake Erie and all on board were drowned.

The Niagara was a lumber carrier and plied between upper lake ports and Buffalo. The last seen of her was on Wednesday afternoon, when Capt. Goodell, of the steamer A.P. Wright passed close to the Niagara above Long Point.

The Wright put in behind the point for shelter, but the Niagara continued down the lake and appeared to be making hard work of it. Since that time nothing has been heard or seen of the Niagara and captains of steamers arriving at Buffalo yesterday and today report having passed the wreckage painted green, which was the color of the missing boat's outerworks.

The Niagara was owned by O.J. & T. Matthews, of Toronto. Her captain was John McGlory, of Port Colborne, Ont. The officers were: mate, Archer Macdonald; first engineer, Thomas Mills, and second engineer, Duncan McCauley, all of Toronto. The names of the twelve members of the crew are not known here.

Barriefield Men On Her.

The reported loss of the steamer Niagara is causing great anxiety in local circles. Two Barriefield boys are members of the crew. Andrew LeHeup, son of Henry LeHeup, and James Davey sailed all summer on the Niagara as wheelsmen. The steamer is a strongly built, seaworthy boat, and marine men have confidence that she will turn up all right.


Toronto, Dec. 9th - The Mail and Empire says it learns that negotiations are in progress between the syndicate which has entered into arrangements with the Montreal harbor commissioners to erect elevators there and to bring to that port 95,000,000 bushels of grain within the next three years and the Bertram and Polson shipbuilding companies here for the construction of steamers for the syndicate's proposed fleet of ships. The Mail and Empire adds: "The syndicate purpose placing orders immediately for nine steel steamers, and as many large consorts. It is reported that the new shipbuilding firm at Collingwood has taken a contract for three of the vessels. The eighteen vessels, it is estimated, will cost upwards of $2,000,000.

Refuse to Believe It - Toronto, Dec. 9th - Messrs. Matthews still refuse to believe that the Niagara is lost. The statement that the wrecked vessel carried lumber and shingles, they say, furnishes still another evidence that it is not the Niagara as she had no lumber aboard. The firm has not a record of the names of the crew. The names were on the ship's books. Captain Henderson, who was with the Niagara at Windsor did not go down the lake with her and is now in the city. Capt. McGlory was in charge.



The steamer Nipigon has been laid up at Ogdensburg for the winter.

The steamer Orion, from Buffalo to Kingston, is in the Welland canal.

The cargo of coal carried by the schooner Tradewind will likely be purchased by a local coal dealer.

The steamer Myles from Fort William arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning with 40,000 bushels of wheat.

The tug Ruth, owned by the late William Denesha, Morrisburg, has been sold to Messrs. Reid, Cardinal, for $1,400.

The steamer Pierrepont arrived here yesterday afternoon, having been very easily pulled off her grounded position in Grass Creek. No damage was done and the steamer is again on her ferry route.

The steamer (sic) Wave Crest is on the rocks at Oak Orchard, near Albion, N.Y. Crew all safe. Vessel total wreck. She is worth $3,000. No insurance. The craft was owned by J.J. Turner, jr., Peterboro.

Some owners of vessels at this port did a splendid coal carrying trade during the past season, receiving forty and fifty cents a ton, while the regular contract prices made in the spring were twenty and twenty-five cents. The latter prices were the ruling ones for cargoes which came here.

There were many rumors current last night concerning the schooner Fleetwing which was due from Charlotte with coal for Swift & Co. on Thursday. It was authoritively stated that the schooner had been lost in the storm of Thursday night, and all the crew drowned. This proved to be entirely untrue. Mr. Swift telegraphed to Charlotte and ascertained that the Fleetwing had not left that port on account of unfavorable weather.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1899