The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1902

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Cheboygan, Mich., July 26th - The steamer Henry J. Johnson was sent to the bottom of Lake Huron off Spectacle Reef early on Thursday, by the steamer Fred Pabst. The Johnson went down five minutes after the crash; all the crew succeeded in getting into the life boats, which were lowered and cleared of the sinking ship before she foundered.

After being adrift several hours, the crew was picked up by the tug Parker, and brought here. The Pabst was apparently uninjured and proceeded on her way.

The Johnson was bound down Lake Huron with a cargo of iron ore from Escanaba to Cleveland. The Pabst was coming up the lake bound for Lake Michigan with coal. There was a dense fog overhanging the water. The Pabst struck the Johnson ten feet aft of the bow. It was seen at once that the Johnson was doomed, but so quickly did she go down that the crew had no time to save any of their personal effects. The lifeboats were barely clear of the ships before the steamer went down in 25 fathoms. Both vessel and cargo are total losses.



The steamer Tecumseh is in the government dry dock receiving general repairs.

Crawford & Co.'s wharf: cleared for Charlotte, schooners Dominion and Acacia, light.

M.T. company elevator: cleared for Montreal, tug Thomson with three grain and two coal laden barges.

Local vessel owners are complaining of the dullness of freights. One man stated this morning that his vessel had not carried a cargo in three weeks. The coal strike in the United States is in a large measure responsible for the prevailing dullness.

p.8 Will Sail At Charlotte - Sanford Calvin, T.J. Rigney and Arthur Macnee left yesterday for Charlotte, in Mr. Calvin's yacht Cock Robin, to attend the regatta there under the auspices of the Lake yacht racing association. The Cock Robin will sail in the race for the thirty foot class on Tuesday. She is the only Kingston boat represented there.

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Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto down and up; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight; steamer Hamilton from Montreal.

The steamer Caspian last evening resumed her regular trips on the Bay of Quinte. Some days ago she broke her rudder by backing into a wharf at Belleville. The damage has been entirely repaired and the steamer is once more ready to accommodate the crowd.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1902