The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Jun 1904

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Detroit, Mich., June 1st - The steambarge Renton arrived here last night and reported the steambarge Westford on the rocks near St. John's Island, Georgian Bay, and probably a total loss. The crew were rescued by the tug Ottawa and some of them reached Detroit en route to Buffalo on the Renton. The Westford, with barges Coyne and Dailey in tow, all light, struck at three o'clock on Friday afternoon and is reported as breaking in three places. Four feet of water amidships. The tug Aztec tried to pull the boat off the rocks but was unequal to the task and the powerful Ottawa was then employed, but her efforts were unavailing as each pull threatened to tear the Westford asunder.

The Westford is owned by John J. Rolland, Buffalo, was in command of Capt. John Griffin, who, with the mate, two engineers, and the steward, remained at St. John's Island. The remainder of those on board came to Detroit on the Renton.



Craig's wharf: Persia down this morning.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Rutherford cleared for Oswego.

Swift's wharf: steamers Corsican up, Spartan down last night.

The steamer North King is now on her regular route. The Caspian will start her trips on June 25th.

The steamer Hamilton, which was expected to reach here last night, will not commence her trips until next week.

M.T. company elevator: tug Bronson up with four light barges and cleared down with two barges, grain-laden.

The schooner Fleetwing, which lost her mainsail in the squall last Friday night, was expected to clear this afternoon for Oswego.

The steamer Kingston leaves Toronto this afternoon on her first trip. She is due here at 5 a.m. tomorrow, down, and 4:30 p.m. up.

p.8 Water Very High - levels given for 1891 to 1904.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Jun 1904