The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Nov 1905

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p.1 Shamrock Crew - Sault Ste. Marie, Nov. 7th - The Marquette inspectors have reported on the sinking of the Canadian tug Shamrock by the steamer Richardson on Sept. 5th, about ten miles from here. They state that the accident, which resulted in the death of two of the crew of the tug, was due wholly to the illegal manner in which the Shamrock was navigated and that no criticism can be made of the manner of navigating the steamer Richardson.



The freight out of Picton, this fall, is so far in excess of other years that it is expected the tow barge Rob Roy will take a cargo to Montreal.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria down last night; steamer Niagara up tonight; propeller Cuba due down today; propeller Michigan up today.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King from Smith's Falls tonight; steamer Picton due down today; steamer Belleville up last night; S.S. Waconda from Montreal up yesterday; S.S. Neepawah, with flour, from Fort William, last night.

M.T. company: tug Thomson and three grain barges cleared for Montreal; tug Hall and three grain barges for Montreal; propeller Westmount, from Fort William, wheat; tug Emerson and two coal barges for Charlotte.

During the high wind last week the steamer Mary was blown from her dock at Waddington and swept against one of the abutments of the bridge. A hole was stove below the waterline and she filled and settled in shallow water, was pumped out and floated. The Algona is running on the Mary's route while the latter is being repaired at Ogdensburg.

The Rutland Transit company, Ogdensburg, N.Y., has let a contract to the American Shipbuilding company, Detroit, for the building of two steel freight carriers, Welland canal size, to be delivered to the company June 15th. Their capacity will be 2,100 tons each. The steamer Averell, of the Rutland line, has been libelled in the sum of $3,375 in connection with a collision which occurred in the St. Clair river in July, in which the wooden barge Magnetic was damaged.

Day's Episodes - During the past year the debt on "Snug Harbor" has been reduced by $1,700, or one-half the debt, besides interest and cost of maintenance.



Steamer Rosedale's Experience On Lake Superior.

Owen Sound, Ont., Nov. 5th - By an exceedingly narrow margin the steamer Rosedale, of the St. Lawrence and Chicago Steamboat company line, reached port, yesterday morning, after an experience rare in the annals of the great lakes. The Rosedale cleared from Fort William, on Tuesday morning, with a north-east gale blowing, and encountered a terrific sea as she passed Passage Island. Capt. Shaw decided to make the run to Michipicoten Island for shelter, which would have been comparatively easy had the gale not shifted to the south-west and increased in its fury, until it was regarded as a record-breaker by the oldest mariners and lighthouse-keepers on Lake Superior. About noon the (vessel was caught ?) on the port bow by a tremendous wave at the same moment as a similar billow from the north-east caught the port quarter. In an instant the boat was thrown on her beam ends, and before she could right herself the cargo of wheat shifted and held her down with her main deck awash and the seas sweeping over her. The ventilators and galley stack were swept clean away. The only chance for saving his vessel, Capt. Shaw said, was to put the entire crew of seamen in the hold with shovels to trim the vessel as best they could in such a sea. Though shovelling for dear life, the ten men only succeeded in holding the grain from going still further over. For eighteen hours this work was kept up, Capt. Shaw being alone in the wheel-house and Engineer Findlay in the engine-room.

Finally the lee of Cariboo Island was reached, and in the respite the weary shovellers kept up their work until the vessel righted up about two feet. In this condition the vessel left shelter and made for the Soo, where fifty tons of coal placed in the port bunkers brought the vessel nearly her equilibrium, and in this condition the run was made to Owen Sound.

The grain in the after hold is badly damaged, and the insurance inspectors will have to pass it on Monday. A staff of ship carpenters and machinists are at work making the repairs, which includes about fifty feet of the rail, which was carried away by the force of the sea. All the local steamers were more or less delayed by the gale.

p.8 Summoned To Southampton - Ogdensburg, Nov. 7th - Charles Murphy, of this city, has been summoned to Southampton, Ont., to identify the bodies of the members of the crew of the steamer Kaliyuga, which foundered on Lake Huron. The entire crew of twenty men and one woman was drowned. Murphy left the boat at Erie to go up street and was a few minutes late in returning. He then came home direct to Ogdensburg and has been congratulating himself ever since that he was delayed long enough to escape death. He is the only man alive acquainted with the entire crew.

Incidents of the Day - At Craig's wharf the steambarge Westport loaded a miscellaneous cargo for Rideau ports this afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Nov 1905