The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1902

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Who Are Aboard the Missing S.S. Bannockburn.

The crew of the missing M.T. Company S.S. Bannockburn consists of the following:

Captain - George R. Wood, Port Dalhousie.

First mate - Alexander Graham, Port Dalhousie.

Second mate - William Chockley, Kingston.

Wheelsmen - Arthur Callaghan and E. Rodway, Kingston.

Watchmen - George Gillespie, Kingston, and another Kingstonian whose name is at present unknown.

Chief engineer - George Booth, Kingston.

Second engineer - Charles Selby, Jr., Kingston.

Oiler - Cecil Linton, Kingston.

The firemen, deck-hands and cooks are mostly from the Welland canal, and there is no record of their names at the local office of the company.

Had A Successful Season.

James Stewart, of the Canada Atlantic Railway company, has returned to the city from Coteau, where the season's business was very successful. Next week it is expected that all the company's barges will be laid up for the winter at Portsmouth, where repairs will be made. The barges, too, experienced a very successful season.



Below Adolphustown, On Bay of Quinte.

The steamer Aletha, which left Swift's wharf Wednesday afternoon for Picton, with a number of passengers and some freight, went ashore during the snowstorm about eight o'clock in the evening, just below Adolphustown. Capt. Bloomfield was in charge of the boat. At 11 p.m. the Calvin company received a message asking for assistance. The tug Frontenac and wrecking outfit were sent to the scene of the accident at midnight. It is understood that the Aletha is leaking somewhat. She is owned by Capt. Roys, of this city, but is under charter by the Lake Ontario Navigation company.


Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean, stormbound at Prescott, arrived up.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Pilot cleared for Picton with wheat.

The schooner Acacia is ready to clear for Oswego, but is awaiting a crew.

News of the S.S. Bannockburn is still anxiously awaited. Her arrival at Sault Ste. Marie will be welcomed.

The big oil steamer Toledo cleared from the government dry dock this morning for the Atlantic coast. She has been here over two weeks, receiving repairs to her rudder.



Navigation Not Closed For First Time In Years.

Oswego, Nov. 26th - Colonel Bunker, local agent of the D.L. & W. coal trestle, announced that arrangements have been made with the steamers Samoa, Birckhead, Marshall and Nipigon to remain in commission all winter to carry coal from this port to Canada. Until January 1st navigation will continue as now. After January 1st mostly all the coal will be shipped to Toronto, where the harbor is an open one and is free from ice except in very severe weather.

This will be the first time in a great many years that winter navigation on Lake Ontario has been attempted. It was before the time of any of the present day sailors. The rush of coal into Canada is necessary because of the delay caused by the strike.

Canada takes about 100,000 tons of coal from this port each year.


Bannockburn May Be Safe.

Local marine men are inclined to think that the S.S. Bannockburn may be safe. They point out that she may have run into some out of the way place for shelter, and got into trouble, or that her machinery may have become disabled, causing her to drift about. The idea of the Bannockburn foundering is not held by many, as the vessel was so seaworthy. By Saturday, it will likely be known what has become of the big steel ship and her crew.

Many years ago the steamer Prussia, commanded by Capt. Thomas Donnelly, failed to reach port when due, and after a week's time was given up as lost on Lake Erie. But she turned up alright, having run into shelter, and laid there all the time, far from communication.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1902