The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Feb 1906

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p.7 Wolfe Island, Feb. 13th - The township council had a special meeting yesterday and appointed Capt. Charles Cummings master of the steamer Wolfe Islander for this year at a salary of $50 a month while the boat is in service.

Feb. 15, 1906

p.4 The Wherenow Chartered - The steamer Wherenow, owned by the L.B. Spencer estate, has been chartered by the Rathbun company for the Gananoque-Clayton ferry route. It was intended to place the steamer Jessie Bain, owned by the Folgers, on that route, but it will run between Picton and Deseronto. For the past few years the Wherenow has been running between the Thousand Island Park and Kingston, in the summer. It is just suited for the Gananoque-Clayton route.

p.7 Council of Wolfe Island, Feb. 5th - James Swift & Co., rent of dock $125; steamboat accounts passed: James Swift & Co., coal, $135.22; Calvin company, pumping boiler, $5; Queen City Oil company, $21.17; Mrs. Flynn, laundry, $4; G. Keegan, account, $13.61; James Davis, mate, $41.33; D. Leslie, engineer, $66.66; Otto Hessner, deckhand, $31; R. Berry, fireman, $36.16; W. Cummings, cook, $20.66; G. Keegan, purser, $31; W. Armstrong, deckhand, $2.50; W. Hawkings, deckhand, $2.50; Capt. Winburne, one month, $50; G. Keegan, meals to men, $70.50; E. Walker, deckhand, $13.

Feb. 12th - Moved, Horne-Flynn, that C.E. Cummings be appointed captain of the steamer Wolfe Islander for the ensuing season at $50 per month while the steamer is in commission. Moved in amendment, Spoor-Russell, that Capt. David Cummings be appointed captain at $50 per month. The first named appointed by vote of the reeve.



Detroit, Feb. 15th - A News special from Au Sable Beach says that the crews of the fishing tugs Pierce and Deer, twelve men all told, had a thrilling escape from death in the severe storm of Tuesday night, which swept over the west shore of Lake Huron.

Both tugs are on the beach a short distance south of Au Sable. They were coming in from the fishing grounds when the steering gear of the Pierce gave out and she drifted on a sand bar. Lines were thrown from the Deer and the six men were dragged through the icy waves to the deck of the Deer.

Then the Deer, too, went aground and the two crews were forced to huddle the rest of the night in the pilot house, where they suffered intensely from the cold. Early today they left the Deer and made their way to shore over the ice in a blizzard.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Feb 1906