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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1899

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p.1 The tow barge anchored off Colchester, Ont., yesterday, and supposed to have foundered in the gale, remained in the same position until today, when she was taken to the river by a tug.

Dec. 14, 1899

p.2 Has Gone To the Wreck - The steamer Donnelly, with wrecking apparatus and crew aboard, left Brighton last night for the stranded schooner Wave Crest. The sea had somewhat moderated and it was expected the wreck would be located this morning.



Detroit, Dec. 14th - During the season of navigation just closed forty-two vessels passed out of existence. Their total tonnage was 8,195, and they were worth $226,200. Last year fifty-eight vessels, with an aggregate tonnage of 29,194 tons and worth nearly half a million, were lost. Ships are now building at lake yards to carry over a hundred thousand tons in a single trip and costing over eight million dollars. There were 569 losses all told on the lake in 1898 and 386 this year, divided as follows: ashore, 168; foundered, 15; burned, 28; waterlogged, 11; dismasted, 4; disabled, 81; ice and collision, 73; capsized, 1. Lake Erie was the scene of the most losses, 92; Lake Michigan, 61; Lake Ontario, 10; Green Bay, 9; Lake Huron, 43; Detroit and St. Clair rivers, 69; Soo river, 49; Georgian bay, 2; Welland canal, 1. Nearly forty per cent of all these losses were caused by disasters in the narrow connecting lake channels, such as the Detroit river and the Soo canal.

p.6 Strange Coincidence - 19 months ago while John Donnelly, jr. was working at steamer Rosedale on Charity shoal, Mrs. Donnelly gave birth to a daughter; last night Mr. Donnelly went to Brighton to work at wreck of schooner Wave Crest and she had another daughter.

Dec. 15, 1899

p.1 A Second Body Found - Dunnville, Dec. 15th - body of man came ashore at Patton's Point; about forty years old, with life preserver on; believed to be from steamer Niagara.

p.2 Regret His Death - Mrs. Dougherty, mother of James Dougherty, drowned by the foundering of the steamer Niagara, today received a letter from a resident of Hamilton whose mother sailed on the steamer Tilley this summer while young Dougherty was night watchman aboard her. The writer referred to deceased in high terms. He was a favorite with the entire crew, who called him "captain Jimmie," prophesying that his faithfulness to duty would soon lead him to that honorable position. After the Tilley had been destroyed by fire the crew remarked that had "captain Jimmie" been aboard that sad affair would not have happened. The writer spoke of the deep regret which all his western friends feel for the untimely death of so bright a young man.

p.6 Have Returned Home - Capt. Lesslie's employees from wreck of Cornwall bridge.

Dec. 16, 1899

p.9 Vessels Were Burned - Huntsville, Dec. 15th - The steamer Wiman, owned by Capt. G.F. Marsh, and a tug boat owned by Messrs. Shaw, Cassils & Co., were completely destroyed by fire last night in the dry dock here. Loss on the Wiman about $4,000; no insurance. On the tug boat the loss is about $2,000; partial insurance.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1899