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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1900

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Eight Persons Drowned.

Erie, Pa., Dec. 10th - In the midst of one of the most bitter gales that ever swept Lake Erie, the iron ore barge Charles Foster, in tow of the Iron Duke, went to bottom this morning, ten miles off Erie, and eight persons were drowned as follows: Capt. John Bridge, of Cleveland; first mate, unknown; second mate, unknown; seamen Robert Woods, William Kelly, of Port Austin, Mich.; cook, Mrs. May, of Detroit; two unknown deck hands.

The Foster was one of the fleet of James Corrigan of Cleveland, and for two months has been running from Duluth to Erie with iron ore. Her cargo consisted of 1,500 tons of ore.


Detroit, Dec. 10th - The list of the dead on the lakes during the season just closed is longer than in any previous year of the decade. In all 110 people were lost, against 100 in 1890, 95 in 1898, 68 in 1897, and 66 in 1896.

The single item of lost overboard accounted for twenty-five, ships that foundered carried down 35, collisions nine, accidents with machinery six, explosions five, falling into holds five, killed by lightning three, committed suicide three, by falling from aloft one. All the casualties occurred between Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.

In point of number lost the steamer John B. Lyon was the most unfortunate of the season, nine of the crew going down with their boat. The loss of the Idler on Lake Erie by capsizing in a squall was the most pathetic, the victims being penned up in the cabin under water. The fate of the crew of the Maumee Valley, which sunk at anchorage at the head of Lake Erie, furnished a shipwreck tale like those in novels. The crew got in the rigging and hung there nearly two days, until they dropped off one by one into the sea. The schooner Picton annihilated an entire family - father, mother, and children - when it foundered in Lake Ontario, July 2nd.

p.2 To Run To Amherst Island - The steamer Hero arrived in port at noon yesterday from Belleville, but will not go into winter quarters until after the new year opens. She will make one or two trips, weather permitting, before Christmas and New Year's day, for the benefit of Amherst Islanders and residents along the shores of the Bay of Quinte.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer India arrived at Garden Island, after unloading iron ore at Deseronto.

The steamer Chieftain cleared for Deseronto to load lumber, and will return to Garden Island with the barge Ceylon.

p.3 Purchased A Steam Barge - Capt. Foster, Smith's Falls, has sold his new steambarge the Kenirving, to Capt. Smith, Seeleys Bay, for $7,000. Capt. Smith is something like fifty years old and about forty years of those he has spent on the Rideau. He has been captain on the steamers Haggart, Ida, Peerless, Carlyle, Welshman, Nichols, Quebec, and John Milne.

p.4 Personal Mention - Capt. Charles Staley and Edmund Staley, Barrie Street, have returned from their marine work on the upper lakes. Capt. Staley had a very successful season with his schooner Queen of the Lakes.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Scott, of the steamer Persia, has returned home from Toronto. It has not yet been settled as to what disposition will be made of the Persia, and it is probable that she will be rebuilt.

A. Augstrom, Toronto, designer of the steamer Toronto, was in the city yesterday looking over the steamer North King, with a view to preparing plans and specifications for rebuilding new upper works from the deck up.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1900