The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Dec 1903

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Anxious To Get The Steamer To Buffalo.

Detroit, Dec. 15th - The insurance companies are making efforts to get the big steel freighter Hutchinson to Buffalo. They have policies aggregating $425,000 on the steamer, and have defied the worst weather of the year, run through heavy ice and drove through the lakes when tugs were compelled to run for shelter and today the final trip to Buffalo was started with the aid of two tugs. Across Lake Huron Capt. Smith hugged the shore. The wind blew sixty miles an hour and the thermometer was down to zero mark. The spray froze wherever it struck the boat and when the Hutchinson arrived at Detroit a solid mass extended entirely across the decks and hung in streamers over the sides, while the cable railings on either side were made into solid bulwarks over a foot thick.

p.2 Marine Notes - The steamer Arabian cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for Hamilton.

The steambarge Nile is laid up at Morristown with a broken shaft. The accident was sustained on her last trip and an Alexandria Bay yacht towed the boat into that port for which she had a consignment of hay.



Schooner Had Rough Time On Lake Ontario.

Watertown, Dec. 15th - The schooner Sea Foam, of Henderson, Capt. Grant Gilbert and Charles Eggleston on board, left Sacketts Harbor, to return to Henderson, Saturday afternoon. When near Horse Island the wind carried away the jib, and the centreboard, coated with ice, jammed in the box.

The schooner tried vainly to beat back to Sacket's Harbor. The craft drifted to a place near Ship House Point, and anchor was dropped. Sunday night the wind blew so hard that the Sea Foam dragged her anchor and drifted toward the high bluffs between Madison Barracks and Storrs Harbor. Monday morning a message was sent to the life-saving crew at Lake View and it started overland with its boat and equipment.

About two o'clock in the afternoon, before the life savers arrived, the wind had shifted and Capt. Gilbert managed to get sail on the ice-coated schooner and work her into Sacket Harbor. Both men on the schooner were chilled through and suffered from exposure, but neither one was injured.

Incidents of the Day - The dredge Rideau, after a successful season on the Rideau, has gone into weather quarters here. The dredge finished her last task on Saturday, completing work near Washburn locks.

A Boat Required - to run from Murray Canal to Montreal, to carry produce produced by farmers along Bay of Quinte; the Richelieu and Hepburn lines keep prices up; the farmers should buy a boat on shares to carry their produce - a letter to editor (3/4 column).

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Dec 1903