The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Aug 1906

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p.2 Up the Rideau - full column of description; reads like a tourist advert. [Watertown, N.Y., Standard]

Picton Prospering - ....The S.S. Lloyd S. Porter is in the harbor unloading coal for the water works. The schooner W.J. Jamieson is lying idle in port. A small sloop arrived this morning from Deseronto with lumber for Lake & Killop....


Crawford's: the schooner Lizzie Metzner cleared for Fairhaven this afternoon.

Craig's: the steamers Alexandria and Waterlily down last night; Missisquoi from Brockville today.

Swift's: the steamers Kingston down and up; Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight; Hamilton up; Caspian from Charlotte and return.

The tug Curlew, of the George Hall fleet, has been sold at Ogdensburg to Port Arthur parties. She was originally a pleasure boat, was converted into a tug, and has been idle for several years.

It is officially announced by the R. & O. people that the new steamer being built for the company for the Prescott-Montreal route, and which was to have been delivered to the company for this summer's traffic, will not go into service before June 1907. In 1907 the company will also have in commission a sister boat to the steamer Montreal, between Montreal and Quebec.



Crew of Vessel Deserted and Starving.

[Toronto Globe]

A strange story of two sailors being deserted and starving in a schooner on Toronto Bay was brought into the detective office last night. W.J. Hohlstein, 421 Richmond street, Buffalo and L.R. Hubbell, 711 Spadina avenue, while canoeing on the bay in the evening, were attracted towards a strange craft which carried no lights. Upon coming closer the canoeists said they were hailed by a sailor, who begged for assistance. He claimed that he and his shipmate, who could speak no English, had subsisted since Saturday on nothing but potatoes.

According to a letter which the sailor desired forwarded to the police authorities, the schooner was the Fleetwing of Charlotte, N.Y. They had left that port on August 23rd, but had been caught in the storm, and ran into Toronto Bay early last Saturday morning. On the afternoon of that day the captain and his wife took the lifeboat together with all the provisions, and went ashore. The instructions of the officer were to the effect that the two men should stay with the vessel until the owner came to claim his property. There was no oil, continued the letter, for the lanterns, while provisions were running short. The letter was signed Frank A. Sauers. Messrs. Hohlstein and Hubbell stated that Sauers had said he had seen nothing further of the captain, nor did he even know his name or who owned the vessel.

The schooner, according to the canoeists, was anchored near Centre Island. After leaving the police officials they purchased provisions for the hungry sailors. Efforts were made by others to reach the Fleetwing last night, but were without avail.

Owned In Trenton.

The schooner Fleetwing was formerly owned in Kingston, having carried coal here for many years. She was purchased last spring by Trenton parties.



Capt. Thomas Donnelly, marine expert, has completed a very busy fortnight. He handled the Ogilvie Mill deal at Montreal, disposing of 194,000 bushels of wheat to James Richardson & Sons of this city. He surveyed the steamer Wahcondah, which is undergoing repairs on Collingwood dry dock, with eight plates torn off her bottom, and twenty-four frames injured, as the result of striking in Lachine lake. For ten days recently, he was at the Galop rapids, where the barges Valencia and Jett were ashore. He also overlooked the steamer Neepawah, which struck in the north channel, near Cardinal, damaging part of cargo, and greatly injuring her hull. This steamer will be docked at Collingwood for repairs.

Capt. Donnelly leaves tomorrow for Welland, to settle the loss occasioned by the Lloyd S. Porter striking a barge in the Welland Canal. At the end of the week, he meets the underwriters on the steamer John B. Cowle, at Toronto. This latter steamer is the one which ran into the steamer Erin, occasioning the loss of five lives. A settlement is hoped for.

Burned - Passengers Saved - Detroit, Aug. 28th - The steamer Charles A. Eddy, Cleveland, bound from Ashland, Wis., to Cleveland, caught fire about two o'clock this morning, off Port Sanilac, Lake Huron. Twenty-six passengers, beside the crew, were rescued. The boat is a total loss.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Aug 1906