The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jan 1902

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The repairs being made by Selby & Youlden to the steamer Rosemount, now lying in the drydock, are engaging the attention of about forty mechanics. A new steel bottom is being placed in half the boat. It will be six or seven weeks yet before the work is completed.

H.H. Gildersleeve, manager of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte steamboat companies, says that the steamers North King and Caspian will attend to the bay route this summer, in place of the old steamer Hero. The steamer Aletha will run between Kingston and bay ports during the spring and the fall.



William Tennyson Logan Examined.

The investigation into the Marine City disaster was resumed at the city hall this morning at 10 o'clock.

William Tennyson Logan, often nicknamed Tom, of Dunnville, was the first witness called this morning. Swore he was a farmer, but had been a seaman for three months. During that time he was deck hand on the steamer India. Was on her at the time she picked up the Marine City. Second mate ordered witness to get the yawl boat ready. Heard captain give some orders about the boat, but did not remember what they were. Was ordered to call some of the men up from below, but did not know who gave him the order to do so. Couldn't say who bent the line on the yawl. Did not hear the order given to bring back the boat. To tow used piece of an old line on board Marine City and another piece of old line belonging to the India. The line looked as if it had long been used. Saw the wheelman, Louie Lavoie, make the knot in the two ropes. Heard no one say anything about the strength of the tow-line.

To commissioner Adams, witness told his story of the subsequent events in a very quiet, straightforward way. When the Marine City broke her line witness said that nothing was done. He told the second mate that the towline had parted, and the second mate informed the captain. A yawl boat, if skilfully handled, could have gone to the assistance of the men at that time - Wednesday night. Could see the Marine City in the morning with her distress flag up. During the day tried to work the India over to the Marine City, but did not get close enough to throw a line. Thought they were then getting into too much danger themselves. Could not have lowered a boat then to go to the men's assistance, as a boat could not have lived. Lost sight of the Marine City at seven o'clock on Thursday evening. The weather then was very rough. Did not think the steamer could have been worked to follow the derelict. Heard that after reaching Goderich the captain had telegraphed along the shore to see if there was any trace of the Marine City to be found. Might have been more efforts made to rescue men; could have taken them off the first evening. Witness did not remember seeing the range lights at Goderich. Saw men on Marine City beckoning with their hands.

"They called to us, but we could only hear a sound, and did not know what they were saying." said Logan. "I saw them working the pumps and throwing pulp wood overboard."

Cross-examined by G.M. Macdonnell, witness stated that he did hear the captain order to "let go the painter." One of the men was, at the time, climbing on board the Marine City, with the painter in his hand. Did not remember seeing the davitts on the Marine City. It was about midnight when the towline broke. If anyone stated it broke at nine o'clock witness would say they were wrong.

The yawl boat might have gone to the rescue on Thursday morning. The first effort witness saw made was about 5 p.m. on Thursday.

To R.T. Walkem witness stated the Marine City did not appear to him to have lowered any in the water. Thought the men were in no danger on Wednesday or Thursday, or until Thursday night. The men were anxious to take the vessel in tow. Heard Mr. Halpin ask if they "would get anything out of it" and he was told yes. Did not know who told him.

To J.L. Whiting Mr. Logan stated that he did not remember whether or not the vessel got into the trough of the seas when trying to sheer over.

Witness told commander Spain that the relations between captain and crew were good. The captain and first engineer frequently had words.

Plaintiff's counsel wanted to have Preston Raymond, who, they claimed, Capt. Malone had left on a raft a few years ago, called to give evidence. Dr. Walkem lodged a strong objection and was backed up by J.L. Whiting.

"I don't see why we shouldn't hear him." said commander Spain: "we heard several captains yesterday who gave evidence in Capt. Malone's behalf, and I think we ought to hear this man."

Mate Lawrence, called again, stated that on Wednesday night, while standing on the pilot house with the captain, he saw the range lights.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jan 1902