The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1901

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To Again Carry Grain From Fort William.

The Winnipeg grain exchange has wired Hon. Mr. Sifton, minister of the interior, requesting the minister to urge that United States vessels be allowed to carry grain from Fort William to Georgian Bay points for the remainder of the season, owing to the shortage of Canadian vessels, and to the congestion of the Buffalo elevators.....

p.2 He Was A Dancer - James Connolly, lost on Marine City, was a clever dancer of the sailors' hornpipe.


Richardsons' elevator: sloops Pilot and Monitor, from bay ports.

The steamyacht Ellen called at Swift's wharf yesterday for freight.

All the R. & O. navigation company steamers are now off the western route.

The government dredge Queen has arrived here and will winter at the dry-dock.

"Tom" Clancy, the old-time watchman, has again taken up duty at Swift's wharf, guarding the steamer North King. "Tom" feels lonely without having the old steamer Hero to care for also.

The steamer Cuba, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf last evening, but on account of the present low water in the harbor, went aground. The gunboat Pierrepont went to the rescue, and pulled the Cuba off.

p.6 Will Start Tomorrow - The steamer Richelieu will start tomorrow morning for Montreal. She will leave at daylight and make Prescott in time for dinner. Then a start will be made for Cornwall, where supper will be partaken of and the night spent. It is expected that Montreal will be reached by Thursday night.


How Their Conduct Is Regarded In Buffalo.

Buffalo, Nov. 18th - There was considerable talk along the waterfront yesterday over the fate of the four members of the crew of the Canadian propeller India, who went aboard the schooner Marine City after she had been abandoned in the storm last week on Lake Huron. Some of the lake men were of the opinion that it was a pretty risky piece of business on the part of the sailors of the India to attempt to save the Marine City in the gale which was then raging. Others held that it was an act of bravery on the part of the men, as the vessel, if she stayed afloat, was a dangerous menace to other vessels which might be running before the gale. However, there was another incentive for the act, that of getting salvage if the vessel was saved. The Marine City and her cargo, which it is said was valuable, practically became the property of the members of the crew of the India when she was taken in tow by that vessel. Of course the owners could claim the Marine City by paying heavy salvage claims. The vessel was probably worth $5,000 or $6,000 and the cargo nearly as much. If the India's crew had saved the Marine City the men could have realized about $10,000. This amount would have been equally divided among the men from the captain down. There are a number of American sailors who would have taken the risk the Canadians did to be able to get a share of $10,000 now that the season of navigation is nearing an end. The four men who lost their lives trying to save the Marine City were Canadians, but, nevertheless, the relatives of the brave men have the heartfelt sympathy of the American seamen.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1901