The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Dec 1902

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Detroit, Dec. 19th - The tugs sent out from Amherstburg yesterday to bring into the river, if possible, the schooner Belle Hanscombe, stuck in ice between Bar Point and Colchester, had a difficult task, but accomplished it after many hours of hard work. They had to cut their way through two miles of pack ice, which in some places was from fifteen to twenty feet in depth. The Hanscombe was towed into Amherstburg last night. She is bound for this city with coal. John Leehy, a seaman on the Hanscombe, was drowned, yesterday, while making his way from shore to the stranded boat with provisions. He stepped into an air hole.

p.2 Personal Mention - Capt. Milligan, of the steamer Rosemount, left today for his home in St. Catharines, after a successful season on the lakes.

Day's Episodes - Capt. Pierce, Portsmouth, has begun work upon a new thirty-five foot sailing yacht for James Halliday.

The steamer Pierrepont was unable to reach Wolfe Island wharf today.

p.4 In Our Own Circuit - The steambarge Samuel D. Marshall has been purchased by the Central Canada Coal company, Brockville, and will be used in the coal trade between Oswego and St. Lawrence river ports.

p.5 Old Yacht Being Rebuilt - The yacht Katie Gray, owned by John P. Phelps, Oswego, N.Y., is being rebuilt. It was first constructed at Belleville 25 years ago by Capt. Cuthbert, who modelled the Atlanta, which contested at one time for the cup in the international races. The Katie Gray was purchased by William B. Phelps, Jr., and taken to Oswego about twenty years ago. At that time she was considered the fastest yacht of her class on Lake Ontario and won several first prizes in races. She is still very fast and there are but few of the modern designed yachts that can show her their heels.

The City Made Deposit - The water works' committee has paid the captain of the schooner Annandale a deposit of $35 to allow its anchor to remain on the suction pipe for the present. Superintendent Hewitt feared that in attempting to get it free, the pipe might suffer damage, unless great precautiion were exercised, and advised the water works' committee to make the money deposit. Later on the anchor will be secured, and either retained by the city or returned to the schooner's captain for the $35. This sum, it was thought, very small, as compared to risking a break in the pipe. Vessels have always been warned not to cast anchor opposite the water works, but the Annandale did so on a dark night, not knowing exactly where it was.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Dec 1902