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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1905

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Sept. 5, 1905



Five Survivors Of Sevona Reach A Haven.

Ashland, Wis., Sept. 5th - More than a score of lives were lost and property valued at half a million dollars destroyed in a furious storm that swept over Lake Superior from Friday night to Sunday night. Besides the wreck of the steel steamer Sevona, which broke in two on Sand Island Reef, seven of the crew, including the captain, losing their lives, the barge Pretoria, of Bay City, Mich., carrying a crew of ten men, sank, five sailors drowning. The schooner Olive Jeanette, with a crew of seven men, is also thought to be lost. The Olive Jeannette, it is believed, went to the bottom about ten miles from Portage Entry. This schooner was in tow of the steamer L.R. Doty when the latter vessel was lost with her entire crew on Lake Michigan a few years ago. The storm of the last three days at times reached the proportions of a hurricane, and the staunchest new steel vessels were forced to run for shelter.

p.2 The Yacht Club Cruise - results of Kingston Yacht Club cruise to Stella - boats, owners listed.


Booth's wharf: schooner Annandale from Sodus with coal.

The steamer America is having her wheel repaired and being otherwise put in condition for the fall runs to Cape Vincent.

Craig's wharf: propeller Lake Michigan up this morning; yacht Wherenow from Thousand Island Park; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson up with two scows which were taken up the lakes by the tug James Norris; tug Emerson took two barges to Oswego and Charlotte.

Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton up tonight; steamer Picton down yesterday; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight; steamer Toronto down and up; steamer Aletha from bay and return; yacht Idler from Alexandria Bay.

Among 2,000 Islands - another puff for steamer America, Capt. Allen.



Duluth, Minn., Sept. 5th - The schooner Pretoria, with five of its crew of ten men, had been lost, and the schooner Olive Jeannette is believed to have gone to the bottom. Fifty ships, steamers, schooners, and barges are known to have been out on the lake during the gales. Many of these have not been reported, but all vessels arrived at Lake Superior ports report passing large quantities of wreckage of all kinds. From eight to twenty lives are believed to have been lost, and the property loss will reach nearly $500,000.

In Dry Dock For Repairs - The tug James Norris and scow are in Davis' dry dock for repairs. They are owned by Messrs. Haney and Davis, the well-known contractors, and came from Charlottetown, P.E.I. They will proceed westward as soon as repairs are made.

Incidents of the Day - The propeller Melbourne is unloading freight at Craig's wharf today.

p.7 A New Ferry - Picton, Sept. 2nd - The new Sophiasburg ferry, to run between Prince Edward county shore and Deseronto, which has been built at Hepburn's dry dock, is in the harbor. The motive power is two double-geared tread-power. It is expected to have the ferry running in about a week.

p.8 The Vessel Arrives - Duluth, Minn., Sept. 5th - The steamer Gilchrist ?, the loss of which was feared in the recent storm, arrived at this port early today.

Soo Canal Traffic - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Sept.5th - net tonnage for month way up over last August.

Niagara Grounded In A Fog - Picton, Sept. 5th - The steamer Niagara, while returning from Toronto, where she had gone with an excursion, grounded on a gravel bar near Presque Isle on Saturday, in a fog, and remained fast for several hours. There were only a few passengers on her at the time, and they were promptly landed. The Niagara, on being released, was examined and found to be undamaged. She left today for Toronto.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1905