The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1901

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p.1 Lake Season Closes - Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 16th - This was the last day for the sailing of vessels from Buffalo, Cleveland, and other lake ports for Lake Superior points. The season has been on the whole profitable owners, though dissatisfaction over rates has existed. The lake passenger traffic has been the best in years owing to the Buffalo exposition.



The story that the steamer Deseronto is to be replaced by a new and larger boat is denied. No steps have been taken looking to the building of a new steamer.

The schooners Oliver Mowat and Rutherford are both safe at Toronto. They left Oswego on Saturday. On Sunday they ran into Charlotte for shelter. They left Charlotte Tuesday night for Toronto.



Four Kingston Sailors Were Drowned.


Were On Schooner Marine City.

Telegraphic despatches this afternoon brought sad intelligence to many Kingston homes. The wires told a mournful story of death on the deep, of brave men meeting watery graves, while away from home, toiling, that loved ones might be provided for liberally. There is many a hero who goes to his death bravely but unsung, and of this class sailors furnish the great majority. Though unsung, their passing is not unwept nor unmourned, as they leave many dear friends behind them who look in vain for the bright smiling face of him who shall never return again.

Yesterday's despatches from Goderich conveyed the intelligence that the steamer India, of the Calvin fleet, had picked up the abandoned schooner Marine City at a point near Thunder Bay, and had towed her safely to Goderich. Four of the crew of the India, James Halpin, engineer; Anthony LaRush, second mate; James Connolly, fireman; and Frank Lawrence, were put aboard the Marine City to work her, but during the night, off Goderich - the rough weather not permitting the harbor being made - the schooner broke away from the steamer and went ashore at a point twelve miles from Goderich. Being an old craft, she did not long withstand the buffeting of the waves, and ere daylight shed its bright mantle over the scene little was left. Her four brave sailors were washed overboard and none lived to tell the terrible adventure which added another item to the long list of lake tragedies.

James Halpin is not known to have any relatives in these parts except his wife, to whom he was wed only about a year ago. He was employed at one time for the M.T. company, and was counted a steady and reliable man. When the Donnelly company took the Rosedale off the Charity Shoals some years ago, they placed her in charge of her engines. Last year he sailed aboard the new steamer Ottawa, and this year shipped aboard the steamer India. His grief-stricken wife, who is a sister of Mrs. James Norris, of the Ottawa house, resides at No. 260 Queen street. He was about thirty years of age.

Francis Lawrence, one of the quartet of unfortunate men, was a well known Kingstonian. He lived at No. 64 Bay street. One son, John, was second engineer on the India, on which his father also shipped as wheelsman. He is also survived by his wife; Joseph, a barber in R.H. Elmer's shop; a younger son at home, and two daughters, Mrs. F. Lafave, Ordnance street, and Mrs. Lafave, Garden Island. His ability as a sailor and wheelsman was widely known on the great lakes. Mr. Lawrence was fifty years of age, and for many years had shipped on board lake vessels. The family had received no notification of the tragedy.

Anthony La Rush, mate of the India, came from a family of sailors who had their origin on the head of Wolfe Island. He was one of the best known sailors that plied the upper lakes and for many years was in the employment of the Calvin company, holding the confidence and respect of his employers. His brother is owner and commander of the schooner Maggie L. The missing sailor is mourned by a wife and large family, who reside on Garden Island. He was aged about forty-five years.

The fourth man of the missing quartette, James Connolly, was employed aboard the India as fireman; previously he was employed in the locomotive works as a machinist. He was aged about thirty-five years and is survived by a wife and three small children. He was a bright young man, well known and highly respected. For his wife and family much sympathy is felt. The unfortunate man was a son-in-law of Alexander Carr, Raglan road.

Enquiry at Garden Island elicited the fact that the Calvin company knew of the perilous condition of the crew of the schooner and, this morning, had sent out a tug to see if any trace of the craft could be secured. A local mariner says it was almost a criminal act to put men aboard the Marine City.

Big Storm On Georgian Bay.

Midland, Ont., Nov. 16th - A heavy gale from the north has been blowing here since last Tuesday, accompanied by a heavy snowstorm. The water in the bay has risen over three feet. All vessels have been forced to remain in port. A number of the boats started, but on Wednesday, owing to the heavy north gale, and big sea, were forced to return for shelter. The steamer Shores, anchored at Hope Island, arrived here yesterday for shelter. A heavy north gale is still blowing and it is snowing hard. Already snow has fallen to the depth of about eight inches on the level.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1901