The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1903

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p.1 Sunk By Heavy Ice - Detroit, Dec. 7th - The wooden steamer Siberia of the Gilchrist fleet was cut through by the heavy ice in Lake Erie yesterday and later went to the bottom in Lake St. Clair. She lies about 4 miles above Wind Mill Point, on the east bank on the twenty-two foot Grosse Pointe straight channel, and the latest reports are to the effect that her decks are just above water, and there is nineteen feet of water in her cargo hold.

A Cook Drowned - Gore Bay, Dec. 7th - John Hall, cook on the tug Despatch, fell from the vessel and was drowned in Meldrum Bay shortly after the boat left Meldrum for this place.

Vessels Coming Down - Colchester, Ont., Dec. 7th - Ice is making fast at this end of Lake Erie although not very heavy ice. A large number of boats passed yesterday and last night, successfully. Four or five are in sight now, bound down, but are making very slow Colchester, Lake Erie.

p.2 Personal Mention - Capt. C. Irwin, of the schooner Minnedosa, of the M.T. company line, will next year ship as mate aboard one of the company's steamships.

Marine Notes

The schooner Maggie L. brought oats from river ports to Richardsons' elevator.

The steamer Indian, light from Ogdensburg, reached Garden Island last night and went into winter quarters.

The M.T. company's Westmount and Fairmount will winter at Midland and engage in upper lake trade for a while next spring.

On account of a snow storm across the line the steamer New Island Wanderer did not leave Cape Vincent on Saturday night. She came over Sunday evening.

The S.S. Rosemount is at the M.T. company elevator from Fort William, with 77,000 bushels of wheat. She will go into winter quarters as soon as her cargo is discharged.

The steamer Chicora will go into dry dock, likely this week, for extensive repairs. It is said that some $8,000 or $10,000 will be spent in thoroughly improving her. It is likely work will go forward on her all winter, foremen from Toronto coming here to superintend repairs.

Built at Port Colborne - Capt. Booth says he has seen many accounts of where the lost schooner Emerald was supposed to have been built, but none of them have been correct. The Emerald, he says, was built at Port Colborne in 1872, by Capt. James Hardison. He remembers the occurrence very well, and was closely acquainted with the builder.

p.4 Steamer Frozen In - The steamer Bothnia, coal-laden, under charter by the Ogdensburg Coal company, is fast in the ice at the entrance to the Lachine canal. Steam is being kept up, in the hopes of releasing her should the weather break; otherwise she would have to remain there until the spring.... It is reported that all of the Canada Atlantic railway barges have reached Kingston, and are now safely housed for the winter.



Oswego Navigators Anxious About Steamer.

Oswego, N.Y., Dec. 7th - With a blinding snow storm driven by a terrible north-west gale sweeping the lake last night, the anxiety for the safety of the steamer Colonial which is overdue at this port has increased. When the steamer did not reach port yesterday it was believed that she was beating about in the lake in an endeavor to reach shelter from the storm.

All day a lookout was kept in the hope of finding some trace of the overdue steamer, but the heavy flakes of snow obscured the lake like a dense fog. Inquiry has been made at every port on the lake and no news of the Colonial has been received.

The steamer Colonial left Milwaukee last Tuesday with a cargo of 73,000 bushels of barley, consigned to Robert A. Downey, of this city, for the Thomas Gordon Milling company. The steamer reached the Welland canal on Friday, and lightened a portion of her cargo at Port Colborne. The Colonial left Port Dalhousie Friday night and no news has been received from her since.

The Colonial is a staunchly built steamer and has been used for many seasons in the grain trade on the upper lakes. The steamer carried a crew of twelve men. The Colonial is owned by a large grain-shipping firm of Milwaukee and the captain is a resident of that city. Although the loss of the steamer is reported in this city, hope for her safety and of the crew has not been abandoned.

Enquiry was made about the port as to the steamer Colonial, but no one here knew about her. There was a general feeling, however, that the steamer is all right as there has been no weather to cause fear. The lake has not been very boisterous. The steamer may have broken down.

Capt. Woods, of the S.S. Rosemount, which arrived here at midnight, left Port Dalhousie on Sunday morning. He reports that the steamer Colonial was then in port awaiting better weather to cross the lake. Evidently the Oswego despatch is based on the assumption that she had left.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1903