The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1901

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - Judging by the depth of water over her the steamer Richelieu may be said to have gone into winter quarters.


Steamer Richelieu Located In Sixty-Five Feet of Water.

The steamer Richelieu, which foundered in the lower gap at noon yesterday, was located by Capt. Donnelly late yesterday afternoon. It lay in 65 feet of water. Part of the upper deck had been forced off, and was floating. This morning the Donnelly wrecking company sent up necessary apparatus to raise the sunken steamer.

A great portion of the cargo of tomatoes floated into Kingston harbor during the night, striking Garden Island, and the people of that place will have enough catsup to last them for a long time.

In the meantime the steamer Armenia has been placed on the Kingston-Picton route.

Narrow indeed was the escape of those aboard the Richelieu. J.A. Lalonne, the Montreal traveller, was sitting in the cabin when the steamer took the fatal lurch, and the first thing he saw was his hat floating on the water. H.C. Windel, purser, was in his room, and dived out of it not a second too soon, for in an instant it was full of water, rendering escape impossible. Others aboard also had narrow escapes.

Just as the life-boats were cut away the Richelieu went down like a shot. The crew unhooked the davits while their boats were in the water, so low down had the Richelieu settled. Then the unlucky number of thirteen beings headed for the city.

A True Presentiment.

There are many men who believe in presentiments, and George Boyd, chief engineer of the late steamer Richelieu, is one of them. He had a presentiment that the Richelieu would never reach Kingston yesterday; and he told the captain so before the boat left Picton. After they had gotten out into the bay the idea that the boat would go down so impressed him that he took down his engineer's papers, which were framed. He took the paper out of the frame, folded it up and put it in his pocket, determining that if the ship went down he would save his papers if he saved himself. He had lost papers this way twice, and he was not going to run the chance again. His presentiment came true.


Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Algerian from Montreal tonight.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Ballou and sloops Monitor, Two Brothers and Granger from bay ports with grain.

M.T. company elevator: schooner Kate Eccles, from Colborne, with 10,000 bushels rye; schooner Annie Minnes from Consecon with 10,000 bushels barley; tug Thomson up with one light barge.

Kingston has had a liberal enough share of marine disasters this year, viz. sinking of the steamer Empire State in May, burning of the steamers Hero and James Swift in June, and now the foundering of the steamer Richelieu.

p.4 Victim of Three Wrecks - George Boyd, chief engineer on the ill-fated steamer Richelieu, has experienced hard luck during the past two years, to say nothing of the dangers and perils to which he has been exposed. He was on the tug Walker when it was lost near Brighton two years ago; when the steamer Hero was burned to the water's edge at Belleville this summer, he was on board; and he was chief engineer on the Richelieu when she sank. In each case he lost all belongings, being glad to escape with his life. Friends assure him that he can ship with safety now, as "three times and out" has been his portion.


[Toronto Telegram]

President Gildersleeve, of the R. & O. company, Montreal, is in the city making arrangements for the trip of the royal party through the Thousand Islands. The Kingston, and not the Toronto, will probably carry the duke and his suite, and for that purpose the former steamer is now lying up temporarily, to be put into readiness. Capt. Esford, of the Kingston, will go down to Gananoque to examine the channels in that vicinity, as the waters there have been rather low this summer. Should the Kingston be able to navigate these channels, it would be unnecessary for her to go into American waters.



A Steamer and Her Consort Go Down In Gale.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Oct. 3rd - The steamer M.M. Drake, and her tow, the barge Michigan, succumbed to the fury of the north-west gale on Lake Superior, west of Vermillion Point. Both boats were bound from Duluth to Lake Erie ports with cargoes of iron ore, having left the former place before the gale set in. The signals of distress flown by both boats brought brought the steamers Northern Wave and Superior City to the rescue, else the crews of both boats would probably have been lost, as a yawl boat could not have lived in the heavy sea.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1901