The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1902

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And To Prevent Sinking Was Run Ashore.

The propellor Lake Michigan, bound from Montreal to Hamilton, with a cargo of general merchandise, was beached on the west side of Simcoe Island, between Four Mile and Nine Mile Points at half past three o'clock Tuesday morning. She was in danger of sinking, and that was the only course open to the captain.

The Lake Michigan left Kingston at midnight. About two o'clock, when the Upper Ducks were reached, discovery was made that she was leaking. Pumps were set at work, but failed to keep the water down. The steamer had sprung seriously a leak, and Captain Houston decided that he must return to Kingston. Accordingly the steamer was turned around, and the trip back to the city begun. After proceeding about fifteen miles down, Capt. Houston saw it was no use, and that he must run the vessel ashore. Therefore, he turned into the bay, on the west side of Simcoe Island, and went ashore.

Capt. Houston made this statement:

"We were at the Ducks, twenty-two miles up before the leak was discovered. It appeared so suddenly that I have no idea what was the cause. The water came in so rapidly that there was nothing to do but put back to Kingston. However, it was impossible to go that far, so to save the boat from sinking I beached her, about six miles up. She is full of water, only the upper decks being visible."

There were no passengers aboard. The crew came to the city in a yawl, arriving at Craig's wharf at seven o'clock. Capt. Houston immediately reported the accident to the owners and to the inspector of Inland Lloyds. He also made arrangements with the Donnelly Wrecking company to go to the sunken propellor, and bring her back to Kingston government dry dock for repairs.

The Lake Michigan is owned by R.O. and A.B. McKay, Hamilton.

It is not yet known what amount of insurance is on the hull. There is a risk on the cargo.

The propellor may be pumped out in a short time, and be in the dry dock on Wednesday. The wrecking vessels are well protected in the bay.

Marine Paragraphs.

Craig's wharf: steamer Niagara, Montreal to Brighton.

Swift's wharf: steamers Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Spartan from Montreal tonight.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Glengarry and consort from Fort William with wheat; tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with five light barges, and cleared down with three grain-laden.

p.6 A Heavy Loss - The Dredge Sir Wilfred Sunk In Lake - Toronto, Oct. 7th - The dredge Sir Wilfred went down in 65 feet of water off Port Hope last night, cost W.J. Poupore about $60,000. She was the largest of her kind ever built in Canada.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1902