The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1905

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p.1 Lake Season Closes - shipping season on lakes closes officially today, and all marine insurance expires; coal supply not adequate.



Picton harbor is reported to be frozen over.

The steamer Aletha made a special trip yesterday afternoon to Amherst Island, returning during the night.

The schooner Oliver Mowat was released from Bluff Point, near Oshawa and towed into Bowmanville harbor by the Donnelly Wrecking company.

The S.S. Burmah, having discharged her cargo of corn, at the Frontenac Milling company's elevator, left this morning for Garden Island, to go into winter quarters.

The propeller Michigan cleared early, this morning, for Oswego. She made the second attempt across the lake yesterday, but encountering such high seas, the captain decided to return.

The steamer Armenia brought up the K. & M. Forwarding company's barges from Coteau Landing, leaving them at Portsmouth. The Armenia will go into winter quarters below Cataraqui Bridge.



Ogdensburg, N.Y., Dec. 5th - Three Ogdensburg families are mourning the drowning of members who were among the crew of the steamer Ira H. Owen, of Buffalo, which foundered in Lake Superior last week. Though the names of the crew had been published a few days ago they were mis-spelled to such an extent that they were not recognized by the parents of the boys and it was also unknown that the boys had been transferred to the ill-fated boat. Sunday night telegrams were received from the company, stating that the entire crew had undoubtedly gone down with the steamer. The boys were Louis Montroy, aged twenty, son of Mr. & Mrs. Montroy, Kiah street, and Charles McKee, son of Thomas McKee, a steamboat engineer living in William street. The master of the boat was Capt. Joseph Houlihan, of Buffalo, who for many years was a resident of this city. He is survived by a widow and three children. The ship is said to have been a staunch vessel of the type supposed to be proof against the most violent storms. The bodies have not been recovered.

In Hard Luck.

Oswego, N.Y., Dec. 5th - M.J. Cummings, of this city, is having more than his share of hard luck. The recent storm on Lake Superior caused his steel steamer Western Star to ground on the beach near Ontonagon, Mich. Friday evening word was received here that the Parnell, another of his ships, had burned to the water's edge that afternoon near Squaw Island, Lake Michigan.

The Western Star was built at Detroit in 1903, was of 7,000 tons burden and cost $250,000. She was one of the finest crafts on the lakes and was commanded by P.J. Griffin, of this city.

The Parnell was built in Buffalo in 1883, was of 1,200 tons burden and cost $100,000. She was commanded by William Griffin, of this city. A telegram from Mr. Griffin said that all escaped.

Mr. Cummings left Friday noon, for Ontonagon and will learn of his further loss en route. The boats were insured.

The Last Storm.

Vessels totally wrecked and what it means: steamer Ederborn, steel, $255,000; steamer Lafayette, steel, $255,000; steamer Crescent City, steel, $$250,000; steamer Mataafa, steel, $250,000; steamer Madeira, steel, $175,000; steamer Vega, steel, $125,000; steamer Ira Owen, steel, $90,000; steamer Monkshaven, steel, $150,000; steamer Spencer, wood, $35,000; steamer Outhwaite, wood, $45,000; schooner Amboy, wood, $10,000; schooner Bissell, wood, $8,000; schooner Olga, wood, $10,000; schooner Oliver Mowat, wood, $5,000; scow Herbert, wood, $1,000; schooner Spaulding, wood, $2,000; total: $1,666,000.

The cost of releasing stranded vessels, not included in the above, and the damage to dock property, will easily foot up $2,000,000, making the total more than $3,500,000.

p.8 Try To Release Boat - Toronto, Dec. 5th - The St. Lawrence Navigation company received word, this morning, that the Great Lakes Towing company, of Cleveland, was working on the steamer W.D. Matthews, aground in Mud Lake, and that it was hoped to release the boat tonight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1905