The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1900

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The sloop Volunteer, lumber laden, cleared today for Cape Vincent.

The steamer Alexandria, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf to-day.

M.T. company elevator: Tug Hall arrived up on Sunday with two light barges; steamer Glengarry cleared this morning for Prescott light.

Capt. A. Foster, Smith's Falls, has sold his steamer John Mylne (sic) ( John Milne ?) to John Reynolds of Seeley's Bay. The price paid was over $4,000. It is stated that the John Mylne will forsake the Rideau route, and in future, ply on the waters of the St. Lawrence.

Last week while Capt. James Rattery was coming up the river with the steamer Niagara, he noticed a steel clad lake boat on her downward course. He knew one of the officers and, wishing to speak to him, ran his boat up to the bow of the big boat and either turned his wheel too hard or else the big boat drew the Niagara out of her course, for in an instant the Niagara was swung swiftly against the stern of the large boat, tearing off the horn of the Niagara and otherwise damaging her. Under the circumstances it was fortunate that the Niagara was not more seriously damaged.



Boiler Explosion In Which Three Men Were Killed.

Sault Ste. Marie, Nov. 26th - The most serious marine disaster in this district occurred at Lower Mud Lake at seven o'clock Sunday morning. The big freighter Ellwood, down bound, ore laden, went aground in the fog on Saturday, and lighter W.W. Stewart, of the Great Lakes company, with about thirty men, were lightering her. While Frank Hilder, of this place, was on top of her forward boiler screwing down a nut, the boiler exploded, killing him and three others, Louis Carpenter and Rankin Workman, of this place, and William McKenzie, of Detour, Mich. After the explosion nothing could be found of Hilder, his body was blown into the lake. Jack Warner and John Henderson, of this place, were probably fatally injured. Thomas McIvin, Detour, Mich.; William McGregor, John Calins, and Capt. Rawlins, of Soo, all seriously injured, and a number of others slightly injured. The lighter was not seriously damaged. Tug General left this afternoon with doctors and nurses. All the above were members of the longshoremen's union.

Search For Derelict Schooner.

Alpena, Nov. 26th - The tug John Owen has gone out to look for the derelict schooner Alvira, abandoned by her crew off Sturgeon Point. The vessel is waterlogged, but is loaded with lumber, which keeps her afloat. Being without lights, the derelict forms a dangerous menace to passing vessels, as she lies in the track between the upper lakes and Port Huron.

Three-Masted Schooner In Distress.

Amherstburg, Nov. 26th - Steamers passing up from Lake Erie report a three-masted schooner out of the channel at Point Pelee, flying signals of distress. Her name cannot be made out. The tug Home Ride will go to her assistance. There is a stiff gale on Lake Erie tonight, with snow and sleet. The water on the Limekilns is high.

Crew Rescued.

Port Clinton, Nov. 26th - The steamer J.K. Secor rescued the crew of the schooner Chicago Board of Trade, which stranded on Niagara Reef. The cargo of the stranded boat was being lightered into the Schuett, but the sea was so high that work had to be stopped today. Distress signals were hoisted on the Board of Trade when the wind began to be a gale, and were seen by men on the Secor. The Secor managed to get alongside of the Board of Trade and took seven persons off. The vessel is breaking up.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1900