The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1905

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And Tossed About On Lake Last Night.

Detroit, Mich., Nov. 27th - A Cleveland despatch says a gale of wind, blowing at the rate of forty-five miles an hour, caused four barges, Choctah, Sarnia; Hattie Wells, Sarnia; Wilcox, Lorain, and Belle Hanscomb, in tow of the tug Salvor, Sarnia, to break loose from the tug a mile from shore and toss about in the water for over an hour, Sunday night. The several crews were in great danger until rescue tugs, sent from shore, brought them into port. The Choctah, however, pounded up against the breakwater and was badly damaged.



While coming from Brockville to Kingston last night, the steamer Donnelly, towing the lighter Grantham, went ashore near Alexandria Bay. The night was very dark and also misty.

At noon Sunday, the Donnelly Wrecking company succeeded in releasing the M.T. company barge Melrose, on a shoal near the Narrows, and at three o'clock the Melose, in tow of the tug Emerson, and the Donnelly, with the Grantham, started for Kingston, the Emerson leading. The latter did not know of the Donnelly's misfortune until this morning, when she left to release the stranded wrecking steamer.

The Melrose is in the Queen street slip, reaching here at eleven o'clock last night. Part of her cargo is in the Grantham. As soon as the damaged wheat is taken out, the barge will go into dry-dock for repairs.

Movement of Vessels.

Crawford's wharf: steamer Bothnia, from Oswego, with coal.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer India, from Fort William, with wheat.

Craig's wharf: propeller Michigan up, Saturday night on her last trip.

S.S. H.M. Pellatt, from Fort William, is unloading grain at the Frontenac Milling Co.'s elevator.

Schooner Queen of the Lakes left the government dry dock, yesterday, and is loading feldspar at Richardsons'.

The tug Emerson will likely go to Charlotte tonight to bring back a coal-laden barge for the M.T. company.

The schooner Winnie Wing was to clear today for Frenchmen's Bay and await a chance to slip across the lake to Oswego, to which port she belongs.

For the past two weeks Craig's have tried to charter a vessel to bring in a cargo of coal, but due to the lateness of the season none wish to go out.

The schoones Straubenzie and Collier were lying under Four Mile Point this morning, awaiting clear weather. The Straubenzie is bound for Toronto and the Collier for Oswego.


Marine Paragraphs.

Capt. J.A. McDonald, who pilots the large grain-laden vessels from Kingston to Montreal, has just completed his last trip of the season, the fifty-sixth. This is his forty-ninth season of navigation.

A handsome barometer was presented to Capt. John McGrath, by Capt. George Batten, commodore of the R. & O. fleet, on behalf of the members of the crew of the steamer Belleville, of which Capt. McGrath is the capable master.

The Donnelly Released - At 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, the tug Emerson reached here with the steamer Donnelly and lighterer Grantham, having succeeded in floating the Donnelly after a few hours' work.

p.6 Moving The Wharf Office - Folger's steamboat office moving from corner of Clarence and Ontario streets to northern end of wharf office.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1905