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

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p.1 Small Boats In Way - steamer St. Lawrence nearly runs down rowboat at Clayton; laws about lights at night should be enforced.


Sandusky, Ohio, June 30th - It is feared that at least six lives were lost in the terrible storm which raged on Lake Erie Saturday night and Sunday. Word was received that the steambarge George Dunbar went down in the storm early Sunday, 10 miles east of Kelley's Island. The barge carried a crew of ten, and six of the crew are still unaccounted for.

The captain, John Little, Port Huron, two women and a sailor arrived at Kelley's Island in a yawl. So far as is known, the four who were saved are the only survivors of the crew.

The missing are: mate Myron Tuttle, Cleveland; engineer Johnson, Buffalo; wheelman Eck, Sheboygan; fireman Charles Washie, and two men whose names are not yet learned.



The steamer New Island Wanderer was on the Cape Vincent route today.

The steamer Tecumseh and consort Marino, timber laden, from upper lake ports, are at Garden Island.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson from Montreal with two light barges, and cleared for Charlotte.

Crawford's wharf: steamer Arabian from Montreal with lighthouse supplies, coaled; steambarge John Milne, Dexter, N.Y., to Ottawa.

Craig's wharf on Sunday: steamers Melbourne and Ocean down; Persia up; steamer Alexandria arrives down this evening.

Swift's wharf on Sunday: steamers Kingston, Algerian and North King down; this morning the steamer Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa.

Back On The River - Capt. Milo D. Estes, who has been away from the river for several seasons, is again back on the river in charge of the steamer St. Lawrence. Capt. Estes was the first to pilot the popular steamer St. Lawrence after she was first launched at Clayton in 1888. He remained with the Thousand Island steamboat company for eight seasons, after which he went with the Troy and Albany line on the Hudson River, where he remained until this season. It was Capt. Estes who first started the peculiar and popular whistle now used by the entire White Squadron - one long, two short, and one long blast. For several seasons Capt. Estes was the only one to use this peculiar whistle, and when he left manager Howard S. Folger gave orders that it should be used on all the boats of the Thousand Island steamboat company and to be known as the Capt. Estes whistle. [St. Lawrence-on-the-River, Clayton, N.Y.]

p.5 Gunboat On a Shoal - While returning from Gananoque on Monday morning the steamer Pierrepont grounded on a shoal between the factory town and Howe Island. She was unable to release herself, and word was sent to Kingston. The tug Frontenac, of the Calvin company's fleet, went down, and succeeded in releasing the steamer, after she had been delayed three hours. No damage was done to the Pierrepont, and she is now running on her regular trips again.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jun 1902