The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1903

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The steambarge Hinckley loaded buckwheat at Richardsons' elevator for Oswego.

The schooner Metzner cleared from Richardsons' elevator for Prescott with grain.

The Welland canal will be kept open in all probability until December 15th or later if weather permits. Boats are still passing through and there is no ice off Port Colborne on Lake Erie or in the canal.

The steamer India, the last of the Calvin company's fleet, passed down last evening, bound from Toledo to Ogdensburg with lumber. Upon discharging there, the India will return to Garden Island to go into winter quarters.

Some of the grain of the steamer Erin and schooner Danforth was taken out at Richardons' elevator today. The insurance companies representatives are here to make examination. The Danforth's cargo was found in fair condition, but still somewhat damaged.



The Emerald Ran Amuck in Cleveland.

[Toronto Star]

Running amuck is a trick that vessels propelled by sails are not given to, if you except the meteor-like iceboat and the erratic racing scow, but the ill-fated schooner Emerald of Toronto went on a rampage in Cleveland harbor last fall which is of interest in view of the wreck of the vessel off Cobourg last week.

The Emerald with Capt. McMaster in command, bowled through the Cleveland breakwater one night with half a gale astern of her. She signalled for a tug, but the tug captains were all up town wetting their whistles, while the tugs lay up in the creek. No tug came out, so the Emerald held on for the mouth of the crooked creek which is part of Cleveland's harbor. Coming in, the skipper commenced to strip the canvas off her and signal for the drawbridge a quarter mile up the creek. The bridge tenders were thirsty souls, and were too busy passing schooners laden to the knightheads with liquids over the bar to pay any attention to the big schooner coming up the creek. The crews of the tugs saw the Emerald's predicament as she passed them and lent the assistance of their steam whistles to arouse the bridge men. On rushed the heavily laden Emerald. The creek was too narrow to turn in, so the skipper held her straight for the bridge and waited for the crash. Just before he struck, the bridge commenced to swing, but the schooner ripped out her jibboom and cleaned up everything back to foremast. Why that spar did not go by the board is a mystery. A tug backed the Emerald away from the bridge and took her on up the creek, where a steam barge crashed into her and wrecked her small boat. Arriving at a dock, Capt. McMaster sent a man ashore with the end of a nice new mooring hawser. The sailor was slow, and before he got the line around a pile there wasn't enough left aboard to snub her up, and they had to let the line go. By the time they got tied up and had a man ashore river thieves had made away with the hawser. It was midnight, and the tired crew tumbled into their bunks leaving the provision box unprotected.

When they arose in the morning there wasn't enough provisions left to feed a mouse. The thieves had carried off every crumb and had collared anything moveable on deck.

That trip to Cleveland cost the Emerald about $400.

p.8 Toronto - The costs of the litigation over the seizure of the Kittie D. in Lake Erie, by the Petrel, are now in dispute before Judge Hodgins of the admiralty court. The judge, some time ago, declared the seizure illegal and ordered the boat restored to her owners. William German, K.C., today, on behalf of the owners, Ryan and Dickert, Buffalo, asked the judge for an order for costs. L. Kinnear, Port Colborne, representing the crown, pointed out that under an old statute it was provided that if the seizure was on reasonable grounds the owners were entitled to only twenty cents costs. The judge is considering the case.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1903