The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1901

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A despatch from Harbor Beach, Mich. says: The Canadian steamer Bannockburn, in shelter with her consorts, the Winnipeg and Dunmore, left shelter on Sunday night, but found the sea on Lake Huron too high and ran back for here yesterday. The steamer struck on the beach four miles north of here and now lies in an exposed position. Fortunately the wind is off the land and it is believed she can be released before heavy weather sets in from the westward.

To Look For Her Consort.

Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 17th - The Canadian steamer Leafield, towing the schooner Barlum (sic - Barnum ?), ran out of coal when ten miles out yesterday and abandoned her consort in mid-lake. When the Leafield came into port her bunkers had been scraped empty. The steamer will take on a small load of coal and a supply of fuel and start out in search for the Barlum, which anchored some where down the lake.

Are Many Disasters.

Chicago, Sept. 17th - The cool north-west winds which for several days has swept over the lakes assumed during the past twenty-four hours the proportions of a gale and much damage was done to shipping. The southern end of Lake Michigan escaped comparitively unharmed, but on the upper lakes, where the boats had gone out, despite the storm signals, sent out by the government weather bureau, many wrecks and mishaps occurred.



Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria, Olcott to Quebec.

A number of vessels have been windbound in port for the past two days.

Little damage was done the battery steam yacht V.R.I. The shoe was lost and the shaft was bent.

The steambarge King Ben cleared for Montreal to load dynamite for Michipicoten, Lake Huron.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto from Toronto; Rideau King from Ottawa; Spartan from Montreal.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson with two light barges from Montreal, and cleared down with two grain-laden barges.

The battery yacht V.R.I. was hauled out on the ways yesterday afternoon, and her lost shoe will be replaced. The yacht has been a costly investment for the mess. Her original cost was $550, and though but in use for three or four years, the repairs have already amounted to about $11,200.

The steambarge Waterlily, Montreal to Picton with freight, went ashore above Bath during the gale on Monday. She was lightened, and floated again without much difficulty. Beyond the bending of her shoe, no damage was done. The Waterlily is owned by A.W. Hepburn, of Picton.



Chicago, Sept. 17th - The wrecks reported as a result of Monday's blow were: schooner J. Ellen, waterlogged and abandoned in midlake opposite Milwaukee; crew of four rescued after great hardships. Two masted schooner, name unknown, foundered near Lake Minden, Michigan; the crew believed to have been rescued . Steamer Bannockburn ashore and pounding to pieces near Harbor Beach, Michigan. Crew in great danger. Three masted schooner, name unknown, ashore in a dangerous position at Big Martin's Island. Schooner J.J. Barnum abandoned by her consort in mid-lake off Cleveland, and believed to have foundered. Schooner Jupiter, water-logged in Saginaw Bay.

Met Death on Vessel - John E. McCleary, Sackett's Harbor, was killed on a vessel near Ashland; had been on whaleback Sagamore, when it was run down and sank July 29th near the Sault; he was one of three men who escaped, while Capt. E.C. Joyner and Ira Ives were drowned.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1901