The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1903

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Craig's wharf: steamer Waterlily down.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Metzner from bay ports with grain.

The schooner Tradewind has furled her sails and gone into winter habitation.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson from Charlotte with two coal-laden barges; tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with the barges.

The barges of the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company, used during the season in transport work from Coteau to Montreal and Quebec, are being brought up to Portsmouth, where they will winter and undergo and repairs.

The schooner Emerald, of Toronto, is missing. She is sailed and owned by Capt. Frank McMaster. Inquiries were being made today to see if the schooner had taken shelter near Kingston, but no trace of the vessel could be found.

The steamer Orion, which this week cleared for Montreal, bound for Newfoundland, had the misfortune to break all the blades of her propeller while going through the St. Lawrence rapids and had to be towed to Montreal, where she was dry docked and had the damage repaired.

The steamer Myles, detained by unfavorable weather up above for over a week, reached here early this morning. While approaching close to Richardsons' elevator to which her cargo of 40,000 bushels of wheat is consigned, she ran slightly aground. Part of her cargo had to be taken off before she could work herself off. The Myles sustained no damage. She went a little off the course that should have been followed. What caused the Myles to get into trouble was this: She was approaching the elevator as the tug Bronson and two barges were coming up the channel. The Myles cut too far over on the port side in allowing the tow to pass.


For Saving The Steamer Erin From Destruction.

Marine men are warm in their praise of the heroic act of Capt. "Jack" Sullivan in rushing to the aid of his brother and the little band of sailors on the steamer Erin last week, thus saving the steamer from destruction on the rocky north shore of Lake Superior. A prominent skipper, whose run is from Port Arthur to Kingston, said that Capt. Sullivan should receive some tangible recognition of his services, both to the insurance companies and the owners of the Erin and the Danforth, and he said he expressed the feeling of mariners generally that something should be done in appreciation of the gallant captain's act. He estimated the value of the Erin and her tow, with their cargoes of wheat, at $100,000. Neither vessel was insured, but the insurance companies carried a risk on both cargoes. The cost of a relief tug would not be far short of $1,000. Of course, Capt. Sullivan was thinking only of his brother when he started from the Soo in a blinding snow storm to scour the north shore, but the loss of the Erin and probably the Danforth would have resulted if he had taken the advice of his friends and stayed in port rather than gone out on what everyone regarded as a fruitless search.

Richardson Bros., of this city, to whom the grain is consigned, do not know what the insurance companies and the vessel owners will do in the way of rewarding Capt. Sullivan. Of course the captain could have no claim for salvage, as the vessel was lying at anchor. However, it is harldy likely that he will go unrewarded.



She Went Down In A Fierce Storm.

Detroit, Nov. 26th - Word has reached here, at last, as to the whereabouts of the schooner Celtic, lost in a fierce storm on the upper Lake Huron a year ago, but exactly where has never been known, no word having been ever received from Capt. Henry C. Jeffries or his crew of seven men. In a letter to Capt. Isaac Watt of the wrecker Saginaw, Neil Curry, collector of customs, at Thessalon, Ont., says that fishermen in that locality, have found the schooner and are ready to communicate with her owners. The letter does not tell where the Celtic is now, but the schooner is probably in the vicinity of Cockburn Island, where, late last fall, some of her wreckage came ashore and was identified.

p.8 The Steamer Iona - Port Dalhousie, Ont., Nov. 26th - The steamer Iona, after being pulled off by the steamer Langdon, last night, in trying to get to the coal dock, went aground the second time, and is hard on between the piers in mid-channel. As no harbor tugs are at this end of the canal, she will have to wait until the water raises, or get a pull from the next passing steamer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1903