The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1902

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p.1 Did Not Start - Detroit, Mich., Dec. 22nd - A Sault Ste. Marie special says that F.H. Clergue announced on Saturday that owing to the steamer Leafield and the barge Agawa, being caught in the ice near Midland it would be impossible to start the steel plant on Monday, as had been previously announced. The two vessels had been sent to Midland to load pig iron at the blast furnace there in which the consolidated company owns a controlling interest.

Message Picked Up - Consecon, Ont., Dec. 22nd - The following message was found on the shore of Lake Ontario, yesterday, contained in a bottle:

"August 28th, 1902 - Seven miles off the south shore of Lake Ontario about 5:45 p.m. Witnessing a severe gale, mast broken, rudder gone. (Signed) Wesley Hutchison, John Sandon, Toronto.

Also signed by George Hyams, at one side of the paper.


Marine Notes.

The steambarge King Ben arrived from Emerald with barley and oats for Richardsons' elevator.

The schooners Annie Minnes and Emerald are unloading their coal cargoes on cars here, for shipment to Deseronto.

The steambarge Resolute, supposed to have been lost on Lake Ontario a week ago, and which later turned up, arrived here on Saturday. She is commanded by Capt. Gowan, father of James Gowan, of the M.T. company, and has coal for the Rathbun company, Deseronto. Her cargo is being transhipped by rail.

Personal Mention - Edward Spencer, chief engineer of the steamer Nasina, plying the upper lakes, reached home Saturday.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Suffel is discharging coal at Booth & Co.'s wharf. The schooner will winter here.

p.6 Goderich Glimpses - December 20th - There is quite a fleet at the harbor to winter: steamer Johnston, schooners Singapore (formerly of Kingston), Kahahdin and Kolfage, and tugs Evelyn, Dyment, Sea Gull, Sea King, Siebold, Clucas and Wright. Several of the tugs need repairs and the Wright needs some repairs to her machinery and some parts renewed. The tugs Evelyn, Sea King and Thistle, after the season's fishing at the Ducks, spent three weeks at Point Pelee and had wonderful luck. The Sea King was commanded by Capt. Robert McKay, of Goderich, whose "lift" reached 96,000 pounds, a pretty successful three weeks' fishing. Capt. Robert McKay is the son of Capt. Daniel McKay, and this was his first season as a captain.

Dec. 23, 1902

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The crew of the Katie Eccles have arrived home. The schooner is laid up at Oswego, having been unable to run across with a coal carrier.

The Rideau Lakes Navigation company is negotiating for the charter of a small steamer to run from Smith's Falls to Ottawa. The steamers Rideau King and Rideau Queen will run only as far as the former place.

p.7 Offer A Wharf - Upon the suggestion of Ald. Walkem, the report of the city property committee was amended, so as to provide for the tendering to the Wolfe Island council the use of the wharf at the foot of Clarence street for ferry purposes. The committee will meet the Wolfe Island council in reference to the scheme.

Dec. 24, 1902



The Steambarge Hall & Its Crew Lost.

An Oswego paper says: "There is no further doubt but that the steambarge John E. Hall and her crew of eleven were lost in the vicinity of the Ducks sometime during the gale of Saturday, December 13th., and shortly after the steamer separated from her consort, the John R. Noyes.

Capt. Charles Ferris and the tug Ferris arrived here Saturday night with a cupboard from the galley of the steamer, which Capt. George Donovan identified as belonging to his father's steamer, and other wreckage. The wreckage was found on south side of the Main Ducks. The Hall's small boat and fenders have since been found, washed ashore. In all the Catholic churches of this city Sunday references were made to the late marine disasters on Lake Ontario and prayers were offered for the repose of the soals of the unfortunate dead."

Day's Episodes - It is understood that the barge Stephenson, which went ashore at Stony Point, has been abandoned for the winter. She was the consort of the steamer Avon, of Ogdensburg, and commanded by Capt. Mallett, of Kingston.


CLAIM $1,200.

Welsh Coal Is Being Held at Kingston

Though the barge Augustus, with 1,200 tons of the city Welsh coal on board, is lying within three feet of a railroad track at Kingston, and there is every facility for transferring the coal and bringing it to the city, it is not likely that the city will get the cargo unless they surrender $1,200. The $1,200 is claimed for fifteen days demurrage on the steambarge Hamilton, which brought a cargo of coal from Montreal, and was delayed in unloading. Two representatives of the Montreal Transportation company are in the city, and are pressing for the settlement of the demurrage claim. [Toronto Star]

p.8 The schooners Clara Youell and Burton, coal-laden at Oswego, have not yet been able to cross the lake to Kingston.

The steamer New Island Wanderer made two trips from Cape Vincent today.

Dec. 26, 1902

p.2 Capt. W.D. Andrews Dead - exploits in life-saving; was blinded by weather and water.

Marine Notes.

The barge Isaac Stephenson, driven ashore last week at Stony Point, has been released. She went to Brockville with her cargo of 700 tons, 200 tons having been taken out. No damage was done the vessel.

The schoones Clara Youell and Burton, coal laden, arrived here from Oswego, in tow of the tug Ferris, on Wednesday. The Burton was towed to Gananoque by the steamer Pierrepont. The Ferris started back to Oswego, but had to return, and is still held here by the bad weather outside.

p.5 Where The Hall Went Down - The crew of the Ferris took observations on their trip across from Oswego regarding the lost steambarge Hall, and, from the point at which wreckage was found, concluded that the vessel went down within a radius of from 5 to 10 miles of the Main Ducks.

The Ferris left this morning for Oswego, but will not accept the offer to bring the schooner Volunteer across. She received $300 for towing the schooners Clara Youell and Burton to Kingston.

Dec. 27, 1902


Dec. 29, 1902

p.5 Opening of Navigation - at Detroit from 1833 to present, compiled by Gen. G.S. Wormer, for [Detroit Free Press].

Dec. 30, 1902

p.2 What Was Proposed - Had the steamer Bannockburn been fortunate enough to have reached Kingston harbor, it was intended that she should occupy the government dry dock during the winter months, receiving repairs. The Kingston Foundry company had a $3,000 contract in connection with these repairs.

Many Claims Filed - A sailor, just returned from a season on the upper lakes, says that a week ago he was in a marine insurance office in Detroit, and was told that in that office 247 claims had been filed for deaths of sailors, which occurred on the great lakes during the past season.

Leave To Appeal - William B. Bentley and George H. Campbell have been granted leave by the court of appeal to appeal from the judgement of the common pleas division to compel J.D. Murphy and Capt. Thomas J. Craig, of the steamer Island Queen, to sell the steamer.

Dec. 31, 1902

p.2 Personal Mention - Capt. Mac. Shaw, of the schooner Fleetwing, left today for his home in Brighton. He will return about the middle of March to fit out the schooner again for the trade of 1903.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1902