The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1902

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Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Dec. 1st - Nothing has been heard further in regard to the missing steamer Bannockburn. The tug Boynton, which left here some time ago, to cruise along the north shore of Lake Superior, in a search for the vessel has not yet returned, nor reported progress from any port.

The latest development in the disappearance of the steamer is the news that she was aground at Port Arthur, before leaving there. By some it is believed that the vessel may have become structurally weakened while on the bottom and that the strain to which she was subjected in the heavy gale may have opened our seams and sent her to the bottom.

The wreckage passed by the steamer Rockefeller near Stamard Rock, on Tuesday, was almost directly in the course the Bannockburn was on when last sighted by steamer Algonquin.

It was Saturday night that Kingstonians learned that the reports of the steamer Bannockburn being ashore at Michipicoten Island were only rumors. This has caused much alarm as the boat is now over a week overdue.


Driven Ashore on Lake Erie - May Be Destroyed.

Detroit, Mich., Dec. 1st - A special to the Free Press, from Put-In-Bay, Ohio, says:

The steambarge D.F. Rose, owned by L.B. Parker, of Marine City, Mich., and the barge Mosher, owned by Capt. David Hutchinson, of Port Huron, struck Starve Island Reef, in Saturday night's gale and it is feared that both vessels will be a total loss. The Rose was beached on the south shore of Put-In-Bay, and the Mosher lies on the reef with her back broken. The Mosher is not insured.

The barges Wawanosh and Lyman Casey, which were with the Mosher in the Rose's tow, were able to leave for Port Huron yesterday, though leaking badly. An attempt will be made to release the Rose and Mosher.



Craig's wharf: steamer Lake Michigan up.

Booth's wharf: schooner Suffel cleared for Oswego.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Maggie L. cleared for Prescott with barley.

The big steel wrecking tug Petrel, owned by the Collins Bay Rafting and Wrecking Company, with consort Neelon, cleared today for St. John's, Nfld, where she will stationed and continue in the wrecking business, under the management of Capt. Lesslie. The Petrel has been specially fitted up for ocean work and is now a model wrecking steamer. On the way down she will coal up at Ogdensburg.


Lake Disasters Of 1902.

Since the first of August seven vessels have been sunk or cast away upon the Great Lakes. Up to the time of this latest disaster, thirteen lives have been lost. The loss of property, including vessels and cargoes, is nearly $500,000.

The vessels lost were the steamer City of Venice, sunk in collision with the Sequin off Long Point on August 4th.

Steamer W.J. Stevens, burned off Clear Creek, Ont., on Sept. 9th.

Schooner H.A. Barr, foundered off Long Point on September 25th.

Steamer C.B. Lockwood, foundered off Ashtabula on October 13th.

Schooner Mineral State, stranded near Port Stanley on October 31st.

Steamer Quito, stranded at Lorraine on November 25th.

Steamer Sylvanus Macy, sunk off Port Burwell, Ont. November 25th.

Steamer Bannockburn missing.

The burning of the Stevens, which had aboard a valuable cargo, was the largest single loss.

p.5 Arrived at Richardsons' elevator: steamer Arabian from Fort William with wheat.

p.6 Drifted For A Week - steamer (sic) Glenora was missing for a week before being found; this may be the case with the Bannockburn.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1902