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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1901

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Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

The steambarge King Ben cleared for Montreal.

The schooner Acacia has gone into winter quarters at Crawford's wharf.

M.T. company elevator: tug Glide cleared for Montreal with four laden barges.

The R. & O. navigation company's receipts at Montreal were double those of last year.

Malt house wharf: schooner Van Straubenzie from lake ports with grain; schooner Jamieson cleared, light, for lake ports.

The tug Wilbur, towing the schooner Tradewind out of Oswego harbor, on Saturday, ran into a scow, and had a hole stove in her bottom.

The steamer Aletha, has taken the steamer North King's place on the Bay of Quinte route, the latter being now placed into winter quarters.

The steamer Arabian, which arrived at Richardsons' elevator yesterday, from Fort William, had 800 bushels of damaged wheat, due to stress of weather.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Arabian from Fort William, with 38,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared for the same port; steambarge John Milne, with grain, cleared for Washburn; schooner Maggie L. from Wolfe Island and Kate from lake ports with grain.

The steamyacht Ellen, of Rockport, owned by Frederick Huck, was in the city today for a load of timber for Edward Plunkett, caretaker of Hayden's Island, situated between Rockport and Alexandria Bay. Mr. Plunkett will this winter build for himself a fine new yacht about thirty-five feet in length. It will be equipped with a Buffalo motor of six horse power.


Kingston has been greatly shocked by the drowning of four of its plucky and worthy seamen, through the loss of the schooner Marine City. It is the unfortunate experience of nearly every season during the fall gales, but the bereavements come with none the less force and sorrow because of the sad repetition. Reports from Goderich say that the gale was uncommonly severe. The derelict was picked up at a comparatively mild stage of the weather, and the four men volunteered to go on board; the captain of the India had to restrain rather than encourage his crew, since several others offered. But the gale increased, and Goderich port could not be entered; to come to anchor was the only course left; then the Marine City broke away to become a wreck and sacrifice its gallant and exhausted crew. The shock of loss has been, as usual, followed by strong criticism and condemnation without knowledge of the facts. Reputations of home institutions deserve kinder treatment than they generally receive. It is unfortunate that to be active and enterprising brings its risks of unrestrained censure. The local feeling that one person can be built up by the talking down of others is a fallacy under which the community loses materially, and besides, it sets the example of loose talk generally. Standing and character cannot always hold their integrity and courage against depreciation; capital and enterprise are discouraged in consequence and the city ceases to progress. It is not a pleasant retrospect that Kingston presents of the departure or decadence of persons of wealth and capability. The empty houses of the higher class attest this. Let us, as a people, be fair, at the least to townsmen.

It is announced that a marine investigation will be called for. This is due to the feelings of relatives of the deceased, and it is clearly in the public interest. None feel the calamity more keenly than the heads of the Calvin company, which has had a fatherly interest in its employees for fifty years. Hiram Calvin, its president, has always had a heart superior to money interests. There never was a happier or more united community than Garden Island. Grandfather, father and son have served the company with a loyalty not seen in ordinary employments. On the other hand the Calvin fleet for lake use has been of the sturdiest class; the India, for instance, is a model of staunch construction. The fleet is officered in the most careful way; and now if mishap be the result of neglect or bad judgement, it will be exceptional. The company, surely, will not shrink from the verdict, and it will disappoint the public if it does not rise handsomely to full extent of its responsibility.



About The Loss Of The Marine City.

John Muchmore, Jones' Falls, and M. Ashe, Garden Island, sailors aboard the steamer India, returned to the city last night. They tell a sorrowful tale of the loss of four of their companions. Muchmore, at the Ottawa house this morning, told of how the water logged schooner Marine City was picked up by the India off Thunder Bay about eleven o'clock Wednesday morning. Four men were told off to go aboard her, Muchmore being one; he got into the yawl but was called back by Capt. Malone and Connolly took his place. The reason of this was because Muchmore had been vaccinated recently and cold had affected his arm, so that it was badly swollen and painful. After the four men - James Halpin, Frank Lawrence, James Connolly and Anthony La Rush - had been put aboard the schooner, the yawl was taken back to the India. When the men went aboard the Marine City there were three feet of water in her hold and the four sailors worked with a will in an attempt to get the water lowered.

The India did not have a hawser aboard so took the Marine City in tow with about 100 feet of canal snubbing rope. Between five and six o'clock the steamer and her tow arrived off Goderich, but the storm was so severe that the harbor could not be entered, so the boats came to and dropped anchor, the India still retaining hold of the schooner. At about nine o'clock that night the tow line parted, but the schooner's anchor continued to hold her secure. She weathered the storm Wednesday night, and Thursday morning the men hailed the steamer. La Rush informed the captain that there was eight feet of water in the schooner's hold. Young Lawrence, aboard the steamer, argued that the men be released. The India manoeuvred and it was thought that she was going to the rescue of the men, but this hope was shattered when the steamer came to anchor again. The men aboard the schooner were wrapped in blankets to keep themselves warm. When the steamer did not go to their rescue, they set to work at the pumps again in an effort to keep the hulk afloat. Throughout the day they were seen to work incessantly until darkness shut them out from view. About eight o'clock Thursday night the schooner disappeared, her anchor chain having snapped. Friday morning she was found wrecked on the shore at a point about twelve miles from Goderich. There was not any trace of the four men who stood by her so nobly and they met death in an attempt to keep her afloat.

Had the schooner been saved the crew of the India would have come in for salvage money.

Anthony LaRush left a wife and eight children; James Connelly a wife and five small children; James Halpin a wife and one child; and Francis Lawrence a wife and grown family.

Capt. Malone, on the morning after the schooner broke away at Goderich, telephoned to Garden Island that he did not put the men aboard the schooner, they, as well as others, volunteered to go. Further Capt. Malone took all possible means to secure the rescue of the unfortunate men.

Deseronto Doings - The steamer Reindeer is here undergoing extensive repairs to boiler and machinery, after which she will go into winter quarters.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The India lay at anchor all Thursday night outside the Goderich piers in the raging storm, as no pilot went out to meet her. The India had a cargo of 50,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William, for Richardsons', at Mooer's elevator.

The steamer Rosedale reached Goderich Friday with 58,000 bushels of wheat for the Big mill, where a new elevator puts in 5,000 bushels an hour. It has no steam shovels, like Mooer's elevator, which elevates 8,0000 bushels per hour.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Nov 1901