The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1899

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It is holding out hope against fate to look ( ) for favorable tidings of the steamer Niagara, missing since Wednesday last. The steamer has been nearly a week over due and she could not remain anywhere on Lake Erie so long without the whereabouts of her becoming known, provided she had put in for shelter. There is every reason for believing that wreckage picked up on Lake Erie during the past few days came from the Niagara. Shingles marked "Parry Sound" have been gathered and as the Niagara loaded shingles at this port, the conviction is forced ( ) all persons that these floating wreckage ( ) the tale of the fate of the Niagara. In addition to the shingles, pieces of deck beams, planking frames ( ) etc., have floated ashore and these have been identified as belonging to the Niagara.

The crew consisted of either fourteen or fifteen ( ) but a complete list is not known,

( ) log book only containing all the names. Those who are known to have been aboard are: Capt. E. McGlory, Port Colborne; first mate Donald McDonald, Bronte; first engineer, Thomas Nelles, Toronto; second engineer, William McAuley, Toronto; men, Andrew LeHeup and James (Davey ?) Barriefield, Ont.; stewardess Annie Marrow, Marine City, Mich.; in addition the cook is supposed to be ( ), Kingston.

It was ( ) today that two more Kingstonians were aboard the ill-fated steamer. (James ) Dougherty, aged twenty years, whose (parents) reside on Elm street, was watchman ( ) sailed on the propeller during ( ) earlier part of the season ( ) left just before her destruction by fire, shipping aboard the Niagara ( ) he sailed upwards of four months ( ) Dougherty is well known here where he (has many) friends. His brothers and others are heart broken over his ( ) death. In his last letter (sent to) his mother he directed her to address his letters to Port Colborne ( ) was sent him only last week, but ( ) get a chance to call for it.

The other Kingston ( ) is Joseph Banks, who made his ( ) friends in Williamsville. He was on the steamer as fireman. His parents are ( ) but he has relatives in the city. ( ) his cousins were around today ( ) anxious enquiries concerning the ( ) body picked up at Maitland ( ) of Dougherty and Banks will ( ) through the west in the hope ( ) to the identity of the young men ( ) bodies float ashore. Banks ( ) twenty one years. He was ( ) industrious young man who ( ) friends.

The tug Proctor brought up the last three barges of the Canada Atlantic company and they have gone into winter quarters at Portsmouth.



The schooner Wave Crest, of Port Hope, bound from Charlotte for Toronto with coal, is ashore at Oak Orchard harbor, on the south shore, and is expected to go to pieces. The Wave Crest cleared from Charlotte on Thursday afternoon with a southerly wind.

She was loaded with 350 tons of slack, consigned to the Toronto electric light company. When abreast of Thirty Mile Point, Thursday night, the wind suddenly shifted to the north-west, and a heavy squall struck the schooner. Her jibs were blown out, and Capt. Mercer decided to run back. He had been hugging the shore rather closely, as the wind was off the land until the squall came down, and he found himself closer in shore than he expected.

The night was very dark and it is said that the light at Oak Orchard was mistaken for the lighthouse on Braddock's Point, some miles further down the shore. At any rate the Wave Crest was among the breakers soon, and pounded on to the beach. The seas commenced to break over her, wetting her crew to the skin. They brought up their mattresses and set fire to them in the hope of attracting life savers, but no one came. When morning broke the sea had subsided somewhat, and the crew reached the shore in their yawl boat. The Wave Crest lay close to the piers, about 200 yards out.

Manager Wright, of the electric light company, went over to see what could be done with regard to saving the cargo. He had a novel experience - sailing about the wreck in a lumpy sea in a fishing boat he procured in Oak Orchard harbor. He made arrangements for a wrecking tug and lighter, as the schooner lay in a fairly good position. On Friday and Saturday the vessel was stripped in event of her breaking up. Her crew left her, and Mr. Wright returned to Toronto.

A telegram was received this morning stating that the wrecking tug had not yet arrived, and it is feared that the schooner will not be released in time. Her stern post had forced up the deck aft, but she was otherwise sound. J.J. Turner, of Peterborough, the owner, was aboard the Wave Crest when she went ashore. She carried a crew of five. [Toronto Telegram]

p.4 Mr. Folger Objects - his ice yacht not a "world-beater."



Goderich, Dec. 11th - The Rosedale came into port on the 3rd December from Fort William with 76,000 bushels of grain for Mooers' elevator. On Monday at 3 p.m. she was free to clear, but the first stormy weather being on the captain knew that this cargo must be the last and telegraphed to the company, who gave orders for him to lay up his boat, which he did. On Thursday morning she had pulled out the iron spiles from Mooers' elevator dock, and that sealed the doom of the harbor of refuge. Her company was telegraphed of the occurrence by Capt. Ewart, and he was told to let her lie at some of the other docks, but at his own risk. So she got up steam and cleared on Thursday for Owen Sound.....The Boyce, Chicago, Capt. McWilliam McGregor, arrived in port on Saturday at 3 p.m. from Chicago with 41,000 bushels of corn for Mooers' elevator. She cleared on Monday at 9 a.m. to load with coal at Cleveland for Chicago or Milwaukee. We heard that she grounded somewhere but at this writing we have not learned. Capt. McGregor was an old Goderich boy, who left our town some years ago. He is the oldest son of Capt. Murray McGregor, of the government survey boat.

Great anxiety is felt in all quarters about the St. Andrews, which left Sault Ste. Marie on December 5th for Fort William to lay up. No tidings had been heard of her up to Sunday night. It is to be hoped she sought refuge at Michipicoten or some point, from which they could not send a message. Mr. Kerr, Goderich, an old country seaman and shipbuilder, and one other person were of the crew.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1899