The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1900

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p.1 Their Fate Yet Unknown - Kingsville, Ont., Nov. 27th - There is nothing new in regard to the sunken schooner on the Middle ground on which the crew yesterday appeared to be lashed in the rigging, dead. The tug Home Rule left here early this morning to go to the schooner, the name of which is yet unknown. The sea has gone down considerably, but the weather is very thick. Nothing can be seen beyond a mile or a mile and a half.

p.2 Not Lost After All - James Norris, of the Ottawa hotel, has received word from his cousin, John Norris, of the steamer Swain. The vessel left Toledo for Chicago, on November 7th, with 1,200 tons of coal on board. She was reported lost in the recent heavy storm. Mr. Norris is much relieved to hear from his cousin that they reached Chicago in safety. The writer states that the Swain had a very rough passage and grounded three to four times. At one juncture the crew had donned life preservers and were about to give the boat up for lost. It was owing to the captain's clever seamanship that the vessel weathered the fierce storm.

Americans Are Complaining - Chicago board of trade complaining that Canadian scales are not true; the largest elevators in Canada are at Midland, Kingston and Coteau.


The schooner Jamieson, from Port Hope, is unloading grain at the malt house.

The schooner Jamieson cleared this afternoon for Charlotte, to load coal for Port Hope.

The steamer Pierrepont continues her weekly trips to Gananoque until the second week of December.

The Donnelly wrecking company's pumps were shipped this morning to Frenchman's Bay, near Toronto, where the steam-barge Jennie is ashore.

The steamer Hero did not leave for bay ports until after six o'clock last evening. She remained in port until the heavy wind abated somewhat.

The steamer D.D. Calvin is still at Port Dalhousie, unable to venture forth. Her consort, the Augustus, is lying at Charlotte, coal laden for the locomotive works.

The weather this month has been unusually rough on the mariners. For the past three weeks storms have continually raged on the lakes, and vessels have suffered by loss of time.

The steamer James Swift arrived back from Ottawa last night, having made an extra trip. She experienced difficulty in getting through the canal on account of the ice. This is the latest trip the James Swift has ever made.

Considerable anxiety is felt in this city and Hamilton among vesselmen for the safety of the crew of the schooner W.E. Suffel, which left Kingston for Fairhaven nine days ago, and nothing has been heard of her since. The Suffel is a 400 ton vessel, and is owned by D. Corson, of Hamilton. She had a crew of seven, made up as follows: Captain, mate, four sailors, and a cook. Some think that the vessel might be taking shelter under some of the islands. Vesselmen who know the boat say she is a staunch craft and think that she will turn up all right.

p.5 The Suffel Is Safe - The schooner Suffel, reported by a Toronto paper as probably lost, is quite snug in South Bay. Letters have been received from the crew. Ira Folger and Charles Chambers, this city, are on board.

An unknown schooner, with a crew of fourteen men, is lying in the lake off Kingsville and it is too rough for the tug to venture to their rescue.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. Noonan returned today from New York where he has been for the past week, arranging with the New York Central railway about advertising the Rideau in their guide book.

p.6 The Drummond Safe - Port Credit, Nov. 27th - The schooner Jessie Drummond, which had been storm-beaten for several days, hoisted sail at eleven o'clock today, and started for Toronto, and appears to be making good time. A tug, with the schooner Antelope and lighter, arrived from Toronto this morning and is now transferring the load of the other storm beaten schooner, the Augusta, which will not be difficult as the lake is now comparitively calm. It is said the Drummond was saved only by the captain persisting in keeping out against the wishes of the crew, who believed their only chance lay in running the schooner ashore.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1900