The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1905

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The schooner Lydon clears for Sodus with feldspar.

Craig's wharf: steamers Waterlily and Alexandria down, last night.

Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto from Charlotte; steamer Aletha down and up; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson from Oswego and Charlotte with two coal barges, and cleared for Montreal; tug Glide for Montreal with one grain-laden barge.

The minimum rates of freight agreed upon by the carrying companies for the carriage of wheat from Fort William in Canadian vessels, from September 16th to October 15th, inclusive, to all Canadian and United States ports above Lake Erie, excepting Detroit, 2 cents per bushel; and from October 16th to November 25th, both dates inclusive, 2 1/2 cents per bushel. From Fort William to Montreal, from September 16th to October 15th, 6 1/2 cents, insurance included; and from October 16th to November 25th, both dates inclusive, 7 cents per bushel, insurance inclusive. From Fort William to Kingston and Prescott, 4 7/8 cents per bushel from September 16th to October 15th, and from October 16th to November 25th, 5 3/8 cents.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Ames touched at Swift's this afternoon on her way up.

p.6 Stella, Sept. 11th - It is with sorrow we chronicle the death of George Chown, drowned on Lake Superior off the steamer Iosco. He was born and brought up on the island. His companions feel his loss deeply, and his relatives have the sympathy of the community.



Watertown, N.Y., Sept. 11th - When the time came to decide between his love for his wife and the baby he had never seen and his duty to his ship, Second Mate George Hamilton, Jr., of Sackett's Harbor, who was making his first trip on the steamer Sevonia, wrecked in Lake Superior, chose to stay with the ship. The Savonia, it will be remembered, was wrecked during a terrific storm on Lake Superior, Sunday week.

When the steamer was wrecked, one life boat was so badly damaged as to make it unserviceable. Capt. McDonald of the steamer, called his officers, including Hamilton, about him and told them that all could not get away in the remaining lifeboat.

At this conference it was agreed by the captain and the officers that the deck hands, engineers, and firemen should take the remaining lifeboats and make the effort to reach land, five miles away.

The ship's officers declared that it was their duty to remain with the ship. Waving farewell to the men in the lifeboats, tossed about by the heavy sea, the officers stood on deck and when the steamer settled went down with her.

The body of Capt. McDonald, of North East, Pa., and that of one of the wheelmen have been washed ashore, but all efforts to find that of Hamilton have proved fruitless.

Picton, Sept. 11th - Sunday night the Alexandria made her last trip of the season across the lake. Her Quebec trip, this year, has been more popular than ever. The schooner Mary cleared port Saturday night having unloaded coal. The sloop Gull unloaded lumber on Saturday, clearing for Deseronto same day. The steamer Niagara arrived in port last night, on the last of her Toronto excursions. The steamer Waterlily cleared for Montreal, today, freight laden.

p.8 Pith of the News - The bodies of Frank Griffin and Matthew Cummings, Oswego, N.Y., have been washed ashore at L'Anse, Mich. Griffin was first mate on the steamer Iosco and Cummings was wheelsman on the same boat.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1905