The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1902

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Still No Word

Of The Missing Steamer Bannockburn.

Marine underwriters are inclined to give the steamer Bannockburn up for lost on Lake Superior. It was reported to them that the steamer was passed last Friday by the steamer Algonquin, about fifty miles south-west of Passage Island, and north-east of Keweenaw Point. That would bring the Bannockburn well out into Lake Superior, and right in the track of vessels. It is supposed at Chicago the steamer stranded on Caribou Island.

A Toronto despatch says: After the steamer Algonquin had passed the Bannockburn, the captain of the former looped back but was unable to locate her where she had been seen shortly before. He remarked at the time, that the Bannockburn had gone out of sight pretty quickly, and now fears an explosion was the cause.

The Bannockburn, which was built twelve years ago on the Clyde, was a fine steel steamer, and on her being brought over to Canada rated A1 at Lloyds. She usually had a couple of barges in tow, but was this trip coming down alone with a cargo of 95,000 bushels of wheat.

Some years ago the Bannockburn was missing on Lake Superior, in just a similar case, and didn't turn up for a week. Mr. Thurston, the company's chief engineer, who was then on her, says the crew were as snug as can be. The local office of the company is besieged by the friends and relatives of the crew, eager for news.

The Aletha Released.

The Calvin wrecking outfit released the steamer Aletha, ashore below Adolphustown, on Wednesday afternoon. The steamer was taken to Deseronto, and is now hauled out on the marine railway. Her wheel was broken, and she was leaking slightly. Mr. Gildersleeve expects to have her on the route again by Monday. The Aletha is a staunch little boat, and was built at Davis' shipyard two years ago.

Marine Notes.

Swift's wharf: lake barge Burmah, from Oswego, with 1,700 tons of hard coal.

James Garvin, another Kingston young man, is a deckhand on the S.S. Bannockburn.

Craig's wharf: schooner Queen of the Lakes, from Oswego, with hard coal; steamer Niagara down.

The Wolfe Island council still have under consideration the question of building a ferry steamer.

The steamer Chieftain is in Davis' dry-ock for repairs. On Monday the M.T. company barge Montreal will enter for an overhauling.

Davis & Sons have commenced the building of a steamyacht for W.L. Hepton, of England, who spends the summer on the Muskoka lakes. They have sold their fast steamyacht to Reuben Miller, Pittsburg, Pa.

p.5 Sailor Missionary - Rev. J.S. Potter covers from Welland Canal to Montreal; has established a series of floating libraries. (1/2 column) [Ogdensburg Advance]

Richardsons' elevator: schooners Maggie L. and Ariadne from bay ports with grain.



At two o'clock this afternoon L.L. Henderson, inside manager of the M.T. company, received this telephone message from the Underwriters Association, Chicago:

"The steamer Bannockburn has been located on the north shore of Lake Superior, opposite Michipicoten Island. Crew safe."

These words constituted the long desired news, which was immediately bulletined. It was a great relief to the relatives and friends of the crew, who were overjoyed when they heard the glad tidings.

The Bannockburn must have run about fifty miles off her course to get to the point indicated on the north shore of Lake Superior. The spot is far away from any telegraphic communication and the crew would simply have to wait till they were discovered by searching tugs.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1902