The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1905

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p.1 Loss of $2,500,000 - Superior, Wis., Nov. 30th - The total loss to shipping by the storm on the lakes will probably be at least $2,500,000. This will make this year a record breaker, both in the number of lives lost, the number of ships wrecked, and the value of lost vessels. It is estimated that the loss of life, outside the minor accidents, such as sailors washing overboard, will reach at least 125 for the season.

A New Proposal - to have ice-breaking car ferries on Lake Superior.



Sloop Granger is loading slag at the locomotive works.

The steambarge Hamilton arrived from Charlotte today with coal for Swift's.

The steambarge Navajo cleared from Richardsons' elevator for Napanee with grain.

S.S. Algonquin cleared port last night for Owen Sound, where she will go into winter quarters.

The schooner Kalkins did not arrive here till this morning, being left down the river, over night, by the tug Frontenac.

The Waterlily had a rough trip coming from Trenton on Monday through the ice, with a load of lumber for Hepburn Bros., Picton.

S.S. India arrived from Sodus, this morning, and is unloading coal at the Frontenac Milling company's elevator for W.G. Craig & Co.

The Aletha, it is expected, will make her last trip to Picton on the 2nd of December. She will then make Wednesday trips to Amherst Island until "freeze-up."

L.L. Henderson has received word that the S.S. Rosemount, which went ashore a mile from Fort William, would be released this afternoon, and leave that place tonight. She is not damaged.

The steamer Wacondah, of Hamilton, is the vessel chartered to bring a late cargo of barley to Richardsons' elevator. She was the last vessel to leave Kingston harbor for up the lake last December.

The schooner Winnie Wing, which left Crawford's wharf Tuesday morning for Frenchman's Bay, en route to Oswego, got caught in the snowstorm on the lake that day, and when turning about in the upper gap, she smashed her main boom to the jaws of the rigging. The Winnie Wing is now at Deseronto.

A Toronto mariner thinks the government should establish life saving stations. He says: "If the department of marine of the Dominion government placed one at Brighton and one at Port Darlington, that would probably do. Toronto could take care of herself, and the big owners at Kingston would do the same for that locality."



Awful Experience of Men on Schooner.

Little Current, Ont., Nov. 30th - Thirty hours without food or fire, exposed to the full fury of the storm, in a vessel with her deck awash, was the harrowing experience of two men and a boy on a schooner in Georgian Bay resulting in the death of the boy from exposure.

On Monday night the tug Edna Ivan left Meldrum Bay with the schooner George Penman, loaded with wood, in tow for Gore Bay. About two o'clock Tuesday morning, the Penman broke her tow line, and the tug was unable to pick her up, in the blinding snowstorm. The schooner was accordingly left at anchor near Cape Roberts with two men, George Burns and James Butchart, and a boy, Alex Conner, on board. The tugs left Gore Bay in search of the vessel, but on account of the snowstorm were unable to find her.

In the meantime the schooner became waterlogged, sank as far as the deck, dragged her anchor, and drifted as far as Cockburn Island, a distance of twenty-five miles. When picked up at 8:30 Wednesday morning by the tug Edna Ivan, Conner was found dead from exposure, and Burns suffered severely from cold, but Butchart apparently unhurt.

The Rosemount Ashore - Fort William, Nov. 29th - After grounding and releasing herself, yesterday, in Thunder Bay, the steamer Rosemount, Capt. John Wood, with 85,000 bushels of grain for Kingston, last night, in trying to return to this harbor for shelter, went hard and fast on the rocks of Milton Island, a mile and a half from shore. A tug has gone to the distressed steamer's assistance. She is supposed to be out of danger. The Rosemount carries a crew of nineteen. She cleared from here on Monday evening and when the gale struck her she immediately put back to shore. Being unable to effect an entrance to the harbor she rode out the heavy sea near Mutton Island.

The Rosemount is the property of the Montreal Transportation company and is the third craft of that line to meet with serious accident in the last two months.

p.8 Pulled Schooner Off - The steamer Donnelly, today, succeeded in pulling off the schooner Burton, which was hard aground half a mile above Bath. The schooner went aground during yesterday's gale.

Incidents of the Day - The Donnelly Wrecking company will likely go to Oshawa, to raise the schooner Oliver Mowat.

The cargo of peas from the sunken schooner Highland Beauty, at Cape Vincent, is not yet all lightered.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1905