The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1901

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Detroit, Mich., Nov. 13th - The schooner Sweetheart, of Tonawanda, reported adrift on Lake Huron at the mercy of the gale with a bolder in her bottom, has arrived at Detroit in tow of the steamer Pringle. The first Capt. Keller, of the schooner, knew of his supposed plight and reported helplessness, was when he read the newspaper. "We were never adrift and were never in any danger," said Capt. Keller. There is a rock in the Sweetheart's bottom, but the water is not gaining in the vessel and her master says she is perfectly seaworthy.



Concerning British Frigate Sunk In Harbor.

Quite recently Capt. T.J. Craig, of this city, secured a couple of pieces of oak from the British frigate St. Lawrence, the remains of which lie in the harbor near the malt house, and sent them to his friend, William Freeland, Toronto, at the latter's request. Capt. Craig has received this letter in reply, which will be of interest to many in this city, and chiefly to members of the historical society.

"The two pieces of oak from the St. Lawrence were duly received, and safely delivered to Dr. Richardson, who who very highly appreciates them, and desires me to convey his warmest thanks to you for the same. He is planning to make some kind of a trophy of them.

This vessel was a British frigate, with 110 guns, and manned by 1,200 men. She was constructed in England, sent out in pieces, and put together in Kingston by Mr. Dennis, who was a shipbuilder there. He was Dr. Richardson's uncle, and the vessel was commanded by Dr. Richardson's father. She made but one trip from Kingston up the lake and back again, when peace was declared, and she was then dismantled.

Capt. Richardson (Dr. Richardson's grandfather) was also a great sailor. He was making a trip in his little vessel down the lake, and was entering Kingston harbor when he met the United States fleet which had been mustered about Oswego or Sackets harbor, but he did not know war had been declared till he was fired at. So he dashed on, with colors flying, chased by the fleet, and supported by the British artillery following them along the shore, till a round shot, between wind and water, sunk his vessel, when the crew took to their boat, and safely reached shore, defiantly firing off an old musket, they had aboard, in face of the enemy."


The steamer Armenia today replaced the steamer New Island Wanderer on the Cape Vincent-Kingston route.

Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan from Montreal; tug Edmund and barge, from Rideau Canal ports, with wood.

M.T. company elevator: tug Bronson from Montreal with three light barges; tug Reginald from Montreal, light; S.S. Bannockburn and consorts from Fort William with 170,000 bushels of wheat.

The steamer Aletha will come out of her winter quarters, and on Monday begin running on the Kingston-Picton route for the Bay of Quinte navigation company. The North King, on this route for some time, will be laid up.

Personal Mention - Mrs. Capt. Baird and Mrs. Sue Mix came from Napanee to Kingston to join their husbands in a trip to Oswego on the schooner Mary.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1901