The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1905

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Of The Schooner Metzner In The Gale.

The two schooners which caused anxiety here yesterday, weathered the terrible storm with safety. They were the Metzner and the Oliver Mowat. It was the latter that was seen early in the morning off Four Mile Point, and which later dragged its anchor for a mile and a half, finally finding a safe spot towards the north shore. The Mowat is bound from Oswego to Bowmanville with coal, and still lay at anchor this morning awaiting clearer weather on the lake.

The Metzner had an awful experience, and it is a wonder she ever reached port. Capt. Henry Daryaw, quite a young mariner, but a clever one, told a Whig representative this morning that he would never again care to go through what he and his crew did yesterday. He doubts if there was ever such a terrific gale on Lake Ontario. What made things worse was the snow bluster. He left Sodus yesterday morning at four o'clock, with a stiff south breeze. When half way across the lake, the Metzner ran into a terrific gale and later into a snow storm. Loaded to its capacity, the Metzner had a fierce struggle to keep afloat. The seas washed the little vessel continuously, and finally to keep it from foundering, Captain Daryaw ordered the crew to smash away the bulwarks. Only for this, the Metzner would never have reached safety. The schooner came along better afterwards, and finally land was sighted, and a good course steered to shelter, under Four Mile Point, which the Metzner reached yesterday afternoon. So staunch a little vessel is she, that no leakage occurred. At 8:30 o'clock this morning, the Metzner reached Crawford's wharf. Captain Daryaw said he would not risk another trip across the lake this season. Gales spring up too quickly, and make it decidedly risky for small sailing vessels.

Ran Through Wreckage - Capt. Gus Hinckley, of the steamer Hinckley, reported at Oswego, as seeing wreckage in the vicinity of the Galloup Islands. He passed a water barrel and portions of a cabin painted green and white, supposed to belong to the ill-fated Mary.

Marine Notes

Craig's wharf - Steamer Niagara, up today; propeller Persia, due down today.

The S.S. Algonquin, from Fort William, is unloading grain at the Frontenac Milling Company elevator.

The schooner Kalkins was not in yesterday's storm, but lying in shelter at Oswego. She has coal for Kingston.

The government supply tug Beaver, which has been undergoing repairs to her hull in the government drydock, cleared this morning.

Navigation season of the Rideau canal will close about November 28th and the water will be let out of the basin on the last day of the month.

Swift's wharf: S.S. Avon cleared for Cleveland; steambarge Arctic cleared light for Deseronto; schooner M.A. Lydon, docked with coal.

The death of Nicholas Welter, for two years assistant engineer of the steamer Monteagle, occurred from typhoid fever, at Hanover Hospital, Milwaukee. He was twenty-six years old and a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Frank Baird, of Toronto, was in the city, today, enquiring about the schooner Mary, of Napanee, of which his brother was captain. He could learn very little, and, this afternoon, went to Cape Vincent, N.Y., and will make further enquiry at Fairhaven.

p.7 Council of Wolfe Island, Nov. 6th - ....Steamboat accounts passed: Capt. Winburne, $50; D.J. Leslie, engineer, $66.66; Jas. Davis, mate, $41.33; R. Berry, fireman, $36.17; Otto Hipner, deckhand, $25.83; E. Walker, do., $26.66; H. Sluman, do., $4.50; W. Cummings, cook, $20.66; G. Keegan, purser, $31; G. Keegan, board men, October, $75.60; McKelvey & Birch, on account, $100; Mrs. Flynn, washing bed clothes, $5; M. Flood, making fenders, $5; G. Keegan, store account, $6.42; E. Briceland, expense in Crawford law suit, $143.70; W.B. Card, for work in spring, $21; E. Briceland, for extra engineer and mate, $4; Jas. Swift & Co., coal for September, $160.80; Calvin company, pumping boiler, $5; A. Chown, paint, $7.71.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1905