The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1903

Full Text



Ogdensburg, N.Y., Nov. 12th - The steamer Walter L. Frost, the oldest and fastest steamer of the Rutland Transit company, of this city, which ran ashore on the south end of Manitou Island, Lake Michigan, during a terrific gale last week, and after fruitless attempts of the crew to jettison the cargo, was scuttled to prevent her pounding on the rocks, in two early on Wednesday morning during the hurricane which raged on the lake at that time. A telegram received at the company's offices here, dated Glen Haven, Mich., states that the steamer has been abandoned.

After her grounding last week, she was pumped out, and preparations were completed to have the ship towed to Manitowac for repairs, but as another gale raged she was again scuttled, and the old boat could not withstand the blow of yesterday and broke up. No lives were lost. No insurance was carried on the steamer.



Craig's wharf: steamer Persia down.

Owing to the gales, the steamers Corsican and Spartan are a day late in reaching here.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Sophia Luff clears for Cobourg; the schooners Ariadne and Granger from bay ports with grain.

The steambarge Clinton put up at auction by the Admiralty court last week at Trenton, is the vessel that Hull Inspector Davis, of Kingston, condemned last spring, and had her seized by the customs on her arrival at Garden Island for carrying without a certificate. The vessel was taken to Trenton to be rebuilt and has not yet come off the marine railway. The admiralty judge refused to order the sale of the Clinton at the amount bid, $500. There are claims against her of $3,000.

The V.R.I. Wrecked - The steamyacht V.R.I., the property of the sergeants of the R.C.F.A., is almost a total wreck on Barriefield shore. During last night's storm the yacht broke away from her moorings fronting Tete de Pont barracks, drifted across the channel and stranded on the rocky shore on the Pittsburg side. There it remained all night, receiving the full force of the southwest gale. It is thought the craft has been so badly damaged that it will not be worth while raising it.

To Build Wharves - The municipal council of the township of Wolfe Island will have constructed a wharf for ferry purposes. Work will be begun at once. Next week a government dredge will go over to the island and begin the preliminary work by dredging out a channel. The ferry steamers will make a landing at the city end of the service at the foot of Clarence street. It is likely a pier will be run out at right angles to the shore line wharf, to make the conditions of landing more favorable.

p.5 Change Complete Today - wider channel open at Lime Kiln Crossing.


Where Many Vessels Lie Buried in Sand

Long Point Island, a few miles east of Port Burwell, Ont., which thrusts itself out for twenty miles into Lake Erie, has acquired the name of the "Lake Graveyard."

It was United Empire Loyalists who first made use of the island. A certain Captain Ryerson obtained it from the English government to complete his grant of land on the mainland. For many years it formed an admirable breakwater for the excellent harbor of Port Ryerse, on the north shore of the bay.

Much of Long Point's fame has come from its tragedies. The island lies in such a position as to be a natural menace to navigation, no matter from what direction a gale blows. The prevailing wind on Lake Erie is from the south-west, and the low waves, getting their impetus at Toledo, and paced by a sixty-mile breeze, strike the south shore with tremendous force. A ship caught in a strong wind cannot avoid being forced from its course, and if it fetches up against Long Point there is little hope for it.

Within the point there is excellent anchorage. Let there arise a southwest storm and every vessel on the lake immediately puts for Long Point Bay, and often in the fall one can count a score or more of ships, from 400-footers to eighty-ton schooners, all waiting for the wind to go down.

During the great November storm of 1897, sixty-nine vessels lay waiting there for a week.

In the hundred years of navigation it is estimated, and the estimate is probably low, that 1,500 men have been drowned near Long Point. Nearly every year there has been a serious wreck off the island.

At seven places on the beach there are whole hulls of vessels, cast high and dry by the waves. A dozen lie on the bars, and there are perhaps forty wholly submerged. Some of them have been there so long that their names are forgotten; others still retain the paint.

Long Point is a great resort for the sportsman, fish and game being found in abundance.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
12 Nov 1903
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1903