The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1905

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Detroit, Mich., Sept. 8th - H.A. Wilkinson, of this city, who has friends aboard the Golspie, supposed to have been lost on Lake Superior in the recent storm, believes that the Golspie was not on Lake Superior at all and that she is safe in some out of the way place beyond communication. He has a postcard, dated from Little Current, September 2nd, saying the boat had struck a rock in French river and was slightly damaged. As she has not since been reported as having passed the Soo, it is not likely that the Golspie was in the storm. Her owners had chartered her to the Canadian government as a lighthouse tender.



A Kingston Man Among The Drowned.

George Chown, a son of Mrs. William Chown of Kingston, was drowned on Lake Superior, on Sunday last, during a terrible gale. He was second engineer on the steamer Iosco. He was married to an Amherst Island lady. Frank J. Griffin, son of Capt. William Griffin, and Matthew Cummings, Oswego men, were also drowned.

The Iosco and Jeannette, laden with iron ore, left Duluth, Thursday, bound for Lake Erie. They were caught by the storm when half way down Lake Superior and must have been driven back with the hope of finding shelter among the islands east of Keweenaw Peninsula. Both boats were apparently overcome by the gale long before they reached Huron Island. From the fact that the schooner succeeded in getting within four miles of the island without the steamer being in sight, it is believed that the Iosco foundered much earlier in the day.

Not a single man escaped to tell the story of the experience of the crews of the two boats and twenty-six names have been added to the death list caused by the gale.

Both boats were owned by W.A. Hawgood & Co. of Cleveland. The Iosco was insured for $65,000 and the Olive Jeannette for $40,000 through Smith, Davis & Co., of Buffalo. The steamer was built in 1891 and the schooner in 1890, both by F.W. Wheeler, of Bay City, Mich.

The Olive Jeannette has been fatal to the steamers which have towed her. Some five years ago the steamer L.R. Doty started out from Chicago with her in tow, bound for Buffalo. The two boats were struck by a furious gale and separated. The schooner lived through the storm, but the Doty was never after heard of. There was never even any wreckage found. The schooner was then given to the Iosco to tow, and now apparently the Iosco has gone the same way. also lost, total of 26 sailors dead.


The schooner New Dominion is in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

Next week the steamer Stranger, of Smith's Falls, will enter Davis' dry dock for an overhauling.

M.T. company wharf: S.S. Rosemount due this evening from Fort William with wheat; tugs Emerson and Hall up.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston from Charlotte; Rideau King from Ottawa; Picton up last night; Hamilton down today; Aletha down from bay ports.

The steamer Arundell has done such good business this year that another is to be secured for next season to run between Olcott Beach, and the Thousand Islands, making daily service in both directions. The Lackawanna railway handles its Thousand Island travel by the way of Oswego and steamer Arundell.

p.6 At The Soo, On Wednesday - The story that the lighthouse steamer Golspie was wrecked on Lake Superior, is discredited here. It was seen by an official of the department, at the Soo, on Wedesday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1905