The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1902

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Fishermen Clung To Boat On Georgian Bay.

Owen Sound, June 16th - Capt. Robert Foote, of the steamer City of Collingwood, on his return from the Soo, sighted three men clinging to a boat near Cabot's Head. After getting them aboard they proved to be three fishermen of Owen Sound, Thomas Jones, Andrew Park and Ronald Clairmont, who told of their perilous adventure. On Wednesday last they went out to where their nets were. Near the points where they were picked up, the buoy being in sight from the steamer, something went wrong with the rigging and the boat upset, the ballast shifting so as to hold her on her side with only about a foot of freeboard above water. They lashed a few loose boards to the side, and on this raft they drifted for 72 hours, traversing the Georgian Bay south nearly to Collingwood and north almost to Tobermoray, being finally picked up near the spot where they started. The men were greatly exhausted with their fast of three days and nights and with the exposure to cold weather and water, but were kindly cared for by the crew of the Collingwood and appear but little the worse now except for the want of sleep.



The schooner Queen of the Lakes is receiving a new spar.

Craig's wharf on Sunday: steamers Ocean and Melbourne down; Persia up.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Tradewind and Acacia arrived from Charlotte with coal. The large steamyacht owned by Mr. Nichols, Howe Island, is in Davis' dry dock for slight repairs.

John Davis, of Davis & Sons, has returned from Muskoka after delivering two steam yachts. Three more will be shipped next week.

Tomorrow afternoon the steamer Kingston leaves Toronto on her first trip of the season, arriving here early Wednesday morning. The Kingston is fitted out grander than ever.

Swift's wharf on Sunday: steamers North King from Charlotte; Toronto down and up; Algerian from Hamilton; Steamer Rideau Queen cleared this morning for Ottawa.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Erin and consort Danforth from Fort William with 78,700 bushels of wheat; schooner Queen of the Lakes from Pelee Island with 15,000 bushels of corn.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount and consorts cleared for Fort William; tug Hall from Montreal with two light barges, and cleared down with five grain-laden.

Yesterday's trip of the steamer Toronto will be that steamer's last Sunday voyage to Prescott during the present tourist season. Hereafter the steamer Kingston will take the Sunday trip.

The steamer Melbourne was unable to make Craig & Co.'s wharf Sunday morning, owing to drawing too much water. She made the wharf at the dry dock and there landed her passengers and freight.

Arrivals at Garden Island on Saturday night: steamer Ceylon and consort Burmah, from Toledo with oak timber; steamer India, from Two Harbors with iron ore for Deseronto. The India left for the latter place this morning.

The crew of the sloop Idlewild had an undesirable experience Friday night last. The sloop is engaged in removing slag from the locomotive work's wharf, and Friday evening when near Knapp's Point she became becalmed, remaining out all night. Saturday morning the crew towed the sloop to the city with a skiff.

The popular steamer North King made her first trip of the season to Alexandria Bay yesterday. She carried a comfortable quota of passengers, showing that she still retains her popularity with the travelling public. There were many Kingstonians who took advantage of the fine day to enjoy the trip to the bay on the sturdy North King.

The India Ashore

The steamer India, which arrived at Garden Island yesterday from Two Harbors, Mich., with a cargo of iron ore, billed to Deseronto, had the misfortune to go ashore on the Ducks. She was not injured to any extent and was floated off by jettisoning about 100 tons of her cargo. After touching at Garden Island, the steamer cleared for Deseronto.

p.6 Marine Notes - The steamer Pierrepont began daily trips to Gananoque today.

The steamer America began her trips on the Cape Vincent route today.

The steamer New Island Wanderer is being overhauled, before beginning her season's work down the river.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1902