The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1902

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Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean down.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto and Hamilton down.

Capt. John W. Kerr, Oswego, N.Y., came to Kingston yesterday to take the steamyacht Cherokee to Sandusky.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Orion and consort from Fort William with wheat and oats; steambarge King Ben from bay ports; schooner Laura D. from Napanee.

Captain Hudson, of the steamer New Island Wanderer, has been transferred to the Islander. Capt. Miller will take charge of the New Island Wanderer for the remainder of the season.

The whalebacks that, under Capt. Donnelly's supervision, are being taken to the west for the new fast freight service are each 255 feet long and 47 feet beam. They are of 3,200 tons burthen, and each can carry 105,000 bushels. The names of the boats and pilots are: S.S. Turret Chief, Capt. Hiram Vaughn; S.S. Turret Court, Capt. John Boyd, and S.S. Turret Cape, Capt. Archibald Macdonald. The pilots say that the craft are all well manned by efficient officers and crews.



Sailed The Lakes For Nearly Sixty Years.

St. Joseph, Mich., Sept. 17th - The two-masted schooner Experiment, which capsized off St. Joseph, lies a complete wreck on the beach and with most of her cargo of lumber washed away. During nearly sixty years the Experiment has sailed the great lakes and her last wreck is but one of many.

Fifty-four years ago the Experiment went ashore at almost the same place of her last wreck. On that occasion two of her passengers went through a thrilling experience, and one of them, now past eighty years of age, still relates the story of the wreck. The Experiment was at that time sailed by Capt. Nelson W. Napier, who went down with the schooner Alpena in 1880. Mrs. Napier is the survivor of the wreck, and the chief figure in what at that time ranked as a most disastrous occurrence.

Mrs. Napier and two children, the elder a boy of thirteen years old and the other a babe of a few months, accompanied Capt. Napier on the fatal trip. Entering St. Joseph in a storm the vessel was rolled over in the sea and went ashore with her keel in the air. One sailor was washed ashore dead. Others were never found. All occupants of the boat except Capt. Napier were believed drowned.

When morning came a wrecking crew succeeded in reaching the Experiment, partly buried in the sand and with water all around and under her. No one believed that any living thing could be found, around the old hull, but to make sure axes were brought into play and a hole cut through the ship's bottom. There in the hold was found the mother and son, the latter holding his unconscious parent above the water. The baby had been washed from the mother's arms and its body was found later in the sands along the shore.


Big Lake Freighters.

The planning at Cleveland of a steel freighter 550 feet long, 56 feet wide, and 32 feet deep is evidence that the limit of size has not been reached on the great lakes. Most of the new carriers of 1901 and 1902 are less than 500 feet long, and it has been said that the 400 footer is the handiest craft of large size; also that there would be a reversion of enterprise to vessels of that length of keel. But the length will probably go to the limit of safe construction with the maximum depth permitted by the lake channels. [Evening Wisconsin, Milwaukee]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1902