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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1906

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Houghton, Mich., Oct. 9th - A terrific gale is raging on Lake Superior. The barge Passadena, in tow of the steamer Gladstone, was blown on the rocks, last night, and is a total wreck. Three of her crew were drowned while seven others reached shore after a terrible battle with the surf. A number of vessels had been sheltered in Lily Pond Harbor, but some of them started out in the face of the storm, and much anxiety is felt for their safety. The Passadena was bound down with ore from Two Harbours. The Gladstone made the harbor safely.



Last night's storm was the fiercest and largest that struck Kingston for years. The wind blew strongly all afternoon, but in the evening increased to a hurricane. It was difficult to make one's way along the sidewalks without being blown onto the road. The trees were swayed wildly by the rushing winds, and branches were snapped off with regularity. Some trees were blown down. No damages to wires is recorded. The scene on the harbor was a wild one, the waves washing over the wharves.

Everything was quiet along the harbor front this morning. Everywhere the sailors were repairing damage done by Monday night's gale.

The steamer Caspian parted her stern lines, and crashed into the schooner Metzner, breaking three staunchions, and carrying away the rail. The scene around the foundry premises, where the pleasure yachts are moored, was one of disaster. R.E. Burns' launch was battered to pieces on the rocks. R. Hewitt's launch was swamped at her moorings, and W.B. Skinner's fine pleasure craft broke loose, and had all her accoutrements ruined. An accumulation of camper's goods, etc, were blown around and will not be recovered. Little damage was done to the boat.

Many snubbing posts along the wharves have worked loose, telling of the severe strain upon them during the night.

At the elevators last night it was impossible to unload vessels.

No boat dared leave the harbor last night.

The steamer Alexandria came down last evening, in the midst of the storm. The New Island Wanderer arrived from Cape Vincent about 8:30 o'clock, and had to land at Swift's wharf, being unable to get to Folger's.

Marine Notes.

M.T. Co.: steamer J.E. Keith cleared today for Duluth.

Richardsons': tug Nellie Reid up from Montreal with three light barges; schooner Idlewild from Howe Island with pressed hay.

It is rumored that the steamer Turbinia, of Hamilton, will be thoroughly overhauled this winter and refitted. The owners and officials, while admitting some change would be made, decline to state anything definite. One, however, hinted that the vessel might be sent to England for the alterations.

The sailing yacht Shark, a racer of the ninety-foot type, has arrived on her way from New York to Toledo. She is a fine specimen of the millionaire's craft, fitted up with silk sails, steel frame and bottom. She was bought early in July by George Craig, shipbuilder, Toledo, Ohio, for use on Lake Huron and left New York on July 14th. It is expected she will get to her destination about November 1st. The Shark carries a crew of six men, and is valued at $25,000.

p.3 The barge Walter Sherman is ashore at Sodus Point, N.Y.; seven of the crew rescued.



Seven Men Taken From The Sherman.

Oswego, Oct. 9th - The tow barge Sherman, owned by the George Hall Transportation company, of Ogdensburg, and in command of Capt. Matthew Hourigan, of Oswego, went ashore, Sunday night, about thirty miles up the lake from this port and opposite Sodus Point. She left Charlotte, Saturday afternoon, and had gone but a few miles when a terrible squall arose.

The Sherman and the other tow barges were consorts of the tug Proctor, commanded by Capt. Richards, and they, perceiving that the storm was in no way abating, changed their course and ran in the direction of Sodus harbor. Just as the barges were being swung about, the towline connecting the Sherman and the rest of the fleet broke and she drifted about in the sea. The Proctor, desiring to save the other two vessels, continued on her course and landed safely in port.

The Sherman drifted down the lake about four miles and went ashore four miles from Sodus Point. Sunday morning about daylight the life-saving crew at Charlotte arrived on the scene and took Capt. Hourigan and his crew of seven men to shore.

It was a terrible night and during the early morning hours a severe hailstorm raged. Some of the crew, when taken from the stranded vessel, were in the last stages of exhaustion.

George Hall of Ogdensburg notified W.D. Allen, of the Allen Wrecking company, of Oswego, and a special train left here last evening for the scene with pumps, derricks, and other machinery necessary to start at once upon the abating of the storm to bring the Sherman to the surface.

A captain was received from Capt. Hourigan stating that he had been rescued and that he was suffering no serious results from his experience.

Washed Overboard - Word has been received that an unknown man was washed off the deck of the M.T. company's lake barge Quebec during last night's blow.

Mr. Henderson, local agent of the M.T. company, stated that he had received no word of the reported loss of a member of the Quebec's crew. The Quebec left Fort William at three o'clock on Sunday afternoon, and should be at the Soo today.

Navigation At Standstill - The heavy gales of last night and today have tied up navigation for the present. Advices from Cornwall state that no vessels could lock through today, against the heavy wind, and from Picton that the Aletha would not risk the passage down.

The steamer J.E. Keefe cleared from the M.T. company, this morning, but was unable to get out of the harbor. The only steamer to leave was the Island Wanderer. She left for Cape Vincent by the foot of Wolfe Island.

It is said that the steamer New York will be rebuilt in the shipyard at Portsmouth, during the winter.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1906