The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1902

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p.1 Wrecked Vessel's Crew Is Safe - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Dec. 3rd - The tug Philadelphia, which arrived last night, reports the crew of the steamer Hebard, which went aground at Copper Point Sunday night, all safe. The Warmington and Francombe, two of the three schooners in tow of the Hebard, when she went ashore, are at the Soo. The third schooner cannot be found.

Loss of Over A Million - Detroit, Dec. 3rd - there have been 33 vessels lost on lakes so far this season; loss to underwriters of over one millon dollars.



The steamer Aletha resumed her route on Tuesday after receiving repairs at Deseronto.

There is a rumor that the Rathbun company is negotiating for the purchase of the steamer Varuna.

The schooner Jessie Drummond with six hundred tons of coal is a total wreck at Cobourg, Ont. The crew were all saved by the life-boat crew. Two of the crew are Toronto men.

An Oswego despatch says: The barge Melrose, which during most of the season closing was a consort of the M.T. company S.S. Bannockburn, broke away from the breakwater here in a westerly gale. Before the schooner could acquire much momentum the tug Ferris ran alongside, secured the schooner's lines and towed her to safety.



Port Dalhousie Lost Three Residents on Steamer.

[St. Catherines Journal]

The death list of the steamer Bannockburn is a terrible one, especially to this district, three residents of Port Dalhousie and one of this city being known to be aboard, while it is feared that several others from along the canal have met their death with the sinking of the boat.

Those who have gone are: Capt. George Wood, unmarried; mate, Alexander Graham, married with family of four children; cook, John Clark, unmarried, all of Port Dalhousie, and fireman Joseph Dawson, aged twenty-one, of this city, son of Engineer Joseph Dawson. The latter is said to have shipped on the boat a few hours before it left Port Arthur on the fatal trip, having been all season on other boats.

A report was current that William Walkerly was coming home on the same boat, but a letter has been received from him posted since the boat started on her ill-fated trip.

G.W. Read, Port Dalhousie, is congratulating himself on a very narrow escape. He had intended returning home on the Bannockburn, but arrived on the dock after the boat had started. He came home by train in consequence.

p.5 Was Not One of Crew - John O'Reilly, Raglan Road, claims that his son was not a member of the crew of the steamer Bannockburn. He maintains that a week ago last Sunday, his son was in the city. At that time he was a member of the crew of the tug Hall. If Mr. O'Reilly's statement is correct his son could not have joined the crew of the Bannockburn.

Incidents of the Day - The coal on the schooner Jessie Drummond, wrecked in Cobourg harbor, was insured, but the vessel was not. The schooner is owned chiefly by Capt. Quinn, Cobourg.

p.6 Comes Back to Port - A telephone message from Ogdensburg this morning, announced that Capt. Lesslie would not proceed to Newfoundland, as intended, but would return to this port and winter here. The Petrel is expected here this evening.

Gone To the Wreck - The Donnelly company's wrecking steamer Donnelly left this afternoon for Cobourg for the scene of the disaster of the schooner Jessie Drummond ashore there. A complete wrecking outfit was taken along.

Five of the crew of the Bannockburn were members of St. James congregation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1902