The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1903

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p.1 On Her Last Trip - Owen Sound, Nov. 30th - The Canadian Pacific steamship Manitoba, the last of the company's upper lakes fleet to clear for Fort William, left yesterday afternoon with 1,500 tons of west-bound merchandise. She was saluted by the other steamers in the harbor as she left the port.



Near Cobourg - Like That of Schooner Emerald.

It is learned that Monday night last, during a heavy westerly wind a quantity of wreckage was washed ashore about two miles east of Gull Light, near Cobourg, which evidently belonged to some vessel. The wreckage is composed of some portion of a cabin top frame, inside sheeting and what appears to be door panelling, grained and varnished. Other portions of the wreckage are painted first white, the last coat being of a light drab.

Mariners think that the wreckage is part of the ill-fated Emerald. No other vessel has been spoken as lost, and the wreckage seems to be of recent making, as it is not water-logged as wreckage would be that was in the water for any great length of time. Everything points to the surmise that what the waters have cast upon shore is proof that the Emerald and all on board of her were lost in the recent storms that have swept Lake Ontario.

Capt. McMaster was about fifty years old, and was born in Belleville. He was one of the best known captains on the lakes, and a sailor all his life, as also had his father before him. He had been sailing out of Toronto for four or five years. Prior to that time he lived in Deseronto. At one time he owned and sailed the schooner Allandale (sic - Annandale), at another the schooner Picton. The Newcastle was also for a time under his command. He sold the Allandale, and bought the Emerald three years ago. She cost $5,000, and there was no insurance on her. Capt. McMaster is the sole owner. The vessel was built at Port Dalhousie about twenty years ago, and was in thorough repair, and was said to be one of the most seaworthy boats on the lakes. She is a three-masted vessel of 700 tons rating, and has gone through some exceedingly rough weather unscathed.

A singular feature in connection with the affair is that Walter McMaster, the son of Capt. McMaster, was two years ago employed in the office of the Rathbun company at Deseronto, and merely went on the lake this season for the novelty of the experience. Before they started out, he is said to have expressed his strong disinclination towards the venture and to have been bothered by vague presentiments of impending disaster. It was his intention to have gone to Philadelphia to enter a dental college this winter.

Capt. McMaster belonged to the I.O.O.F. and A.O.U.W., being a member of the Deseronto lodges of these orders. He leaves a wife, residing in Toronto, and two other sons, Herbert, also a sailor, and Frank. He was married thirty years ago, his wife being Miss Mary Carter, daughter of Thomas Carter, of Deseronto. Capt. McMaster was well-known in Kingston. In Deseronto he lived beside Mr. Hoppes, manager of the local C.P.R. telegraph office.

The wreckage washed ashore near Cobourg has been identified as part of the schooner Emerald.

Found the Name On It.

Colborne, Nov. 30th - One week ago today parties along the lake shore, about two miles east of Lakeport, found a bowsprit and a provision box with locker attached. The box was apparently new and had the name Emerald and also that of Capt. McMaster on it.

The Erin Reaches Kingston.

A vessel with an Irish name and an Irish dress of green entered Kingston harbor Sunday night with her consort, reaching here in time for St. Andrews's day. Twas the long overdue steamer Erin, grain-laden from Fort William, which was almost lost on Lake Superior two weeks ago, and the story of the rescue of which is well known. The vessels came to Richardsons' elevator and are being unloaded.

Capt. Patrick Sullivan, of the Erin, said this morning that he never knew how much he was thought of "till he was dead." The nice things that were said of him when his vessel was said to be lost give him a desire to keep on living. Flags floated at his home in St. Catharines as he passed down last week. The Erin and her consort have 83,000 bushels of wheat, and Capt. Sullivan thinks there will be none damaged for the vessels did not leak a drop. The saving of the Erin he declares, is due to his brother, Capt. "Jack" Sullivan. Only for his timely arrival she would have been dashed to pieces. The Erin will not get away till tomorrow at least.

Marine Items.

M.T. company elevator: tug Glide up with two light barges.

All the M.T. company barges, bound east, have reached Montreal. Much ice was encountered around Lachine.

The barge Princess, of the K. & M. Forwarding company, has been hauled out on the marine ways at Portsmouth, to undergo repairs.

Some of the M.T. company barges are being placed in winter quarters above Cataraqui bridge. Ice had to be broken to get them into place.

Some of the K. & M. F. company's barges which were frozen up in Cornwall canal, are expected here tomorrow to go into winter quarters.

The Toronto News stated that all marine insurance expires on December 5th. B.W. Folger says that the vessels of the Canadian Lakes and Ocean Navigation company are insured until December 12th, and if any of them leave port on that day they are insured until they reach their destination.

p.4 An Heroic Rescue - by Capt. R. Matheson of dredge Nipissing - helped rescue two fishermen at Toronto; his brother Capt. D. Matheson of Kingston has also won medals.

p.6 To Have Use of Slip - A meeting of the city property committee was held Saturday afternoon in connection with the request of the township of Wolfe Island for the use of a ferry landing at the foot of Clarence street. There were present: Chairman McCammon, Aldermen Hoag, Angrove and Mallen. A depuation of the Wolfe Island Council was in attendance to press the claim of that municipality for recognition in the matter of a ferry landing. It was decided to accede to the request, and give Wolfe Island council a permit to construct a pier on the north side of the street, providing it would not interfere with navigation. This understanding was perfectly satisfactory to the Wolfe Islanders.

Pith of the News - The light ships and gas buoys in Detroit river and Lake St. Clair have been removed and are now in winter quarters.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1903