The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Oct 1903

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Sandwich, Ont., Oct. 28th - The steamer Yale, which rescued the crew of the steamer Sauber, which foundered in Lake Superior Monday morning, stopped at Sandwich last evening for fuel. Capt. Jackson, of the Yale, said: "We had taken off the other members of the crew with the exception of Capt. Morris and Frank Robinson, the oiler, and ran the Yale among the wreckage to get the captain whose calls could be heard above the storm. A line with a bow line at the end, was thrown to Capt. Morris in the wreckage. We called him to stick his arms through the loop, but he was unable to do so, and went down before anything further could be done."



Captain Brings Vessel To Safety Without Sailors.

[Toronto Telegram]

The thousand ton schooner Stuart H. Dunn lies at the foot of Church street after an experience unique in the carrying trade of the great lakes. The Dunn is owned in Toronto and is the largest sailing vessel on Lake Ontario. Her last trip was to Hamilton with coal, and after she was unloaded she was entirely without a crew. All hands forward had left her, and there only remained the captain, the mate, the captain's wife and the stewardess. Capt. William R. Wakely was nothing daunted by his inability to find sailors. With his mate Jacob A. Ackerman, he made sail on the vessel Sunday morning and started out from Hamilton without the assistance of a tug. It was a tiny ship's company to handle a vessel which in the old days carried eight men in the forecastle and a captain and two mates aft. Since the introduction of the donkey engine for hoisting and heaving the Dunn has carried a crew of seven hands all told, but Capt. Wakely steered boldly out through the piers and down the lake under all sail, although he had more masts than men. It blew fresh occasionally, but he was able to carry all his canvas and entered Toronto harbor early in the afternoon, rounding up neatly and making the dock again without any assistance from a tug.

Capt. Wakely, who performed this remarkable feat of seamanship, is one of the best known lake masters. He lives at 133 Spruce street, this city.


M.T. company elevator: steamers Morley and Colonial cleared up: tug Glide cleared down with four grain laden barges.

The steamer Morley left the M.T. company elevator at midnight, but had to turn back on account of the falling snow. She cleared again at seven o'clock this morning.

In the engineer's report for improvements in United States ports for next year are Charlotte, N.Y., $60,000; Little Sodus Bay, $35,000,000 (sic); Oswego, N.Y., $50,000; Cape Vincent, N.Y., $62,000; shoals, St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and foot of Lake Ontario, $30,000.

p.5 At Port Colborne the steamer A.E. Ames damaged the G.T.R. bridge. Trains are being sent around by the M.C.R. until the bridge is repaired.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Oct 1903