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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1901

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Alpena, Mich., Sept. 23rd - Capt. Hansen, of the lost barge Jupiter, with his wife and his child, and a sailor of the name of Obon, arrived here yesterday from Tobermory, on the tug Owen. Capt. Hansen declared himself indignant at the conduct of the master of the steamer F.R. Buell, who, he said, left the crew of the Jupiter while they were making preparations to abandon their waterlogged boat on Lake Huron. The master on the Buell reported at Port Huron that the crew of the Jupiter refused to leave their ship. Capt. Hansen said the Buell came within fifteen feet of the barge and her crew asked for assistance and to be taken off the boat. While they were getting ready to pass the line, Capt. Hansen says, the Buell proceeded on her course without apparent reason. Soon afterwards Capt. Hansen with his wife and child and sailor Obon took to the yawl, leaving Ragan, the owner, and two sailors of the name of Madigan and Smith, behind on the wreck. The latter refused to take any chances in the yawl, it is said, and declared their intention of make a raft of the lumber. They were drowned. Madigan and Smith lived in Alpena.

Another Bad Wreck.

Toronto, Sept. 23rd - An Owen Sound special says that the steamer H.R. Dixon, Capt. Baxter, of the United States and Dominion transportation line has arrived with news of the wreck of the steambarge City of Cleveland, on Perseverance Island, near Fitzwilliam Island. The Cleveland went on the rocks at four o'clock Sunday morning, Sept. 15th, in a terrific gale. The night was very thick at the time. When she struck Capt. R.M. Thompson immediately sounded, but found that she was making water. He attempted to turn, but in the attempt stuck fast. The hold filled rapidly, and in a few minutes the steamer had settled in thirty feet of water. The crew had barely time to lower the boats, in which they reached shore in safety. The Dixon sighted the wreck on Wednesday, and picked up the crew just in the nick of time, the small store of provisions which they had been able to secure from the steamer being almost exhausted. The Dixon carried the crew to South Bay, where they secured a tug and returned to the wreck to endeavor to secure their private property. Many of them lost everything except the clothes they wore, but in this they were not very successful. Returning to Killarney they took a steamer to the Soo. The City of Cleveland was owned by the Bradleys, of Cleveland. She was en route to Midland from the north shore of Lake Superior, with 2,300 tons of iron ore.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The wharf at the foot of Clarence Street, owned by Mrs. J.B. Murphy, has been purchased by James Swift.


Craig's wharf: steamers Persia up; Ocean and Cuba down.

M.T. company elevator: tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with three light barges.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston, North King and Algerian down, on Sunday; steamer Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa this morning.

The tug Thomson started for Oswego last night, but after being out a couple of hours, was forced to return, on account of the heavy gale.

The steamer Kingston will make her last trip of the season on Tuesday next, October 1st. Officers of that boat stated yesterday that the Kingston would not convey the royal party to Brockville, that the steamer Toronto would be commissioned for that honor; the cost of commissioning the Kingston would be too great.

The Fine Reduced - Nicholas Henderson rejoiced today, over the receipt of good news from the treasury department of the United States. Some weeks ago he was fined $250 for an alleged breach of the United States custom laws, it being alleged that he was coasting with his steamyacht Wanda. The yacht was under charter by J.W. Penn, of Pittsburg, Pa., a wealthy banker, who had secured special permission to run the yacht where he pleased. Mr. Penn took up Mr. Henderson's case, with the result that the fine of $250 was reduced to $10 and this morning he received a cheque for the remitted amount.

p.6 AN APPEAL CASE - between New York and Ottawa company vs. Collins Bay rafting and forwarding company, over removal of spans of collapsed bridge over St. Lawrence above Cornwall, in 1899.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1901