The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Oct 1902

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p.1 Sailors Drowned - Kincardine, Ont., Oct. 8th - The schooner Anna Marie, of Alpena, Mich., loaded with coal for the Kincardine water works, was wrecked here last night. Capt. Gordon and three of the crew, with Mr. Fergus, of a rescue party, were drowned.

Lake Steamer Sold - Detroit, Mich., Oct. 8th - It is announced that the White Star line ha purchased the steamer Pennsylvania, running between Buffalo and Erie for the Erie and Buffalo Navigation company. The consideration of the purchase is given as $120,000.



Craig's wharf: steamer Persia down.

Swift's wharf: steamer Algerian from Hamilton.

The tug Mary which lost the government dredge Sir Wilfred, near Port Hope, was at Swift's wharf today, en route for Montreal.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Glengarry and consort cleared for Fort William; tug Thomson cleared with four grain-laden barges for Montreal.

Richardsons' elevator: schooners Two Brothers and Laura D. from bay ports; schooner Ballou from Consecon; steambarge John Milne from Trenton, all with grain.



The propellor Lake Michigan, which was run ashore early Tuesday morning, six miles west of Kingston, on the Simcoe Island side, to prevent her sinking, reached the city Wednesday noon, in tow of the steamer Donnelly. The Donnelly Wrecking company did quick work in pumping out the vessel in one day, as the wind was rather unfavorable. John Donnelly had charge of the operations.

The situation of the leak has not yet been ascertained. As soon as the vessel is unloaded, it will enter the government dry dock for repairs. When the Lake Michigan reached Craig's wharf, discharging was begun. In the propellor were 300 barrels of cement and 1,000 bags of salt. The cement is all destroyed, and that portion of the salt which was in the hold. The vessel was filled with water almost to the main deck. Her cargo was valued at about $2,500.

Capt. Angus McDougall, Buffalo, N.Y., representing the insurance companies, is here to adjust the loss. The owners are expected from Hamilton.


A Huge Wave Upset The Life Boat.

Kincardine, Ont., Oct. 8th - Last night, about ten o'clock, vague noises were heard for a long time before it was ascertained that they were the cries of sailors in distress. A large schooner was then noticed a few hundred yards from shore, south of the pier, apparently aground with heavy seas breaking over her. A rescue party was at once formed and with much difficulty succeeded in reaching the boat, which proved to be the schooner Anna Maria, of Alpena, bound for this port from Cleveland, in command of Capt. Alex. Gordon, with a load of coal. The rescuers got the men off and were about to start for the shore, when a huge wave swept over the schooner and upset the lifeboat, throwing the occupants into the water. Two sailors and three townsmen succeeded in regaining the schooner. Five were lost, Capt. Gordon, Mrs. Kennedy, the cook, two sailors, Perry Bond and Stephen Ryan and William Ferguson, a lumber merchant of this town. Mr. Ferguson had volunteered for the rescue party.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Oct 1902