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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1903

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In Trenton Dry Dock, Offered For Sale.

Trenton, Dec. 1st - The matter of the sale of the steam-barge Clinton, now in dry dock at Trenton, was before Admiralty Judge Hodgins today. The vessel had been in dry dock since June last, and the company's claim against her amounts to about $1,000. There are claims for wages also, and the total against her is about $3,000. The dry dock company offered $450 for the boat, but the judge rejected the offer a month ago, and again today refused it, notwithstanding the men whose wages are unpaid are willing to accept. The matter stands till the 14th. If this offer were accepted the men would get only $100, the remainder of the $450 going in costs.

p.2 The Grain Damaged - On putting the elevator leg into the steamer Erin and her consort Danforth, it was found that both cargoes were damaged and to a large extent. At first it was thought that the grain was all right, but evidently there must have been much leakage in both vessels. The Richardsons of coure refused to accept the cargoes and notified the insurance underwriters who were expected to send valuators today.

Incidents of the Day - One drunk - a member of the crew of the steamer Erin was before the magistrate this morning. The cadi evidently considered that the prisoner had recently passed through experiences sufficient to drive him to drink, so he showed leniency and allowed the sailor to go.



In Connection With The Lost Schooner Emerald.

The pieces of wreckage found near Cobourg were identified by Frank McMaster, son of Capt. McMaster, of the ill-fated schooner Emerald. He said that he was at a loss to account for the way things had turned out. His father had been known as one of the most skilful captains navigating the lakes, and his family had always warned him against sailing too late in the fall. This year, he said, he had not been out nearly as late as usual. Besides, the Emerald was a staunch vessel and was not heavily loaded. She would have carried fifty or sixty ton more quite conveniently. His mother, he said, was prostrated with grief at the loss of her husband and son, and she was in a very low condition just now, which was aggravated by heart trouble.

He made a special request to those who might come across portions of the wreck. There was a desk belonging to his father, the captain, and a trunk of his brother Walter's that he would like the finder to preserve carefully, as it contains papers and other articles which would be highly prized by the family. He asks that he be notified at 382 Bathhurst street, Toronto.

Capt. Williams, who went to Cobourg to search, says that Capt. McMaster's body will surely be found, for the captain often said that in case of danger he would lash himself to a spar or something that would float him, and so keep his body on the surface.

Mrs. Annie Wright, the Kingston cook, has a brother living at Westbrook, and a sister, Mrs. Ashley, near Yarker. She leaves a boy fourteen years old and a girl eleven years old, in a convent in Utica, N.Y.

A pathetic circumstance transpired when Mrs. McMaster received a letter for Mrs. Wright from her little son in the convent school, thanking his mother for a suit of clothes she had sent him, but asking that they be exchanged for a larger one, with long trousers, as he was getting to be a big boy. He said his little sister was now a big girl, and suggested that his mother stop sailing, as he was now about old enough to earn a living for her.

Saw A Vessel Disappear.

Brighton, Ont., Dec. 1st - On Tuesday, November 17th, a lady living about three miles west of here on the lake shore, Mrs. Walter Sharpe, noticed a three-masted schooner apparently in distress about ten miles south-west of the bluff. While watching it Mrs. Sharpe saw it suddenly disappear. The wind was blowing a gale at the time. Mrs. Sharpe is positive she saw the vessel and it apparently did not move from the position where she first saw it until its disappearance. It is supposed to have been the lost schooner Emerald.

Mr. Nix, Captain McMaster's brother-in-law has gone, this afternoon, to view the wreckage found near Lakeport and also to search the shore.

Was Mrs. Hull - The cook aboard the lost schooner Emerald, whose name is given as Annie Wright, is the wife of Edward Hull, of James McParland's bottling works. Wright is not her correct name, but that is what she was known by. She was reared by the family of the late George Wright, county councillor, Cataraqui, whose name she took. Mrs. Hull and her husband were estranged for some years, each going his and her own way. They have one son living, a lad about nine years old.

Is A Life Saver - Captain Harvey Caldwell, the heroic mate of the steamer Erin, is a life-saver of some note. He bears a handsome watch and ring that were presented to him at Port Dalhousie for rescuing a young lady from drowning. (a young lady fell through ice while skating, he dove into hole and rescued her)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1903