The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1906

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p.1 A Vessel Suit - Toronto, Nov. 15th - In November, 1903, the steamer D.C. Whitney and schooner Monguagon collided in Ohio waters. A trial was held here, lasting ten days, and the owners of the Whitney were assessed $3,860. They are now appealing to the supreme court from this finding.



Richardson & Sons were advised on Wednesday that the steamer Strathmore, with a consignment of 34,000 bushels of wheat, from Fort William to Kingston, for them, had been burned to the water's edge at Michipicoten Island. The crew is safe. The steamer is owned by George Plunkett, Cobourg, Ont.

Capt. Dix's Statement.

Capt. Dix says the schooner St. Louis did not lay windbound at Fairhaven, as last night's Whig stated. On last Thursday night both the St. Louis and Suffel left here for Oswego. Next day the wind came ahead and both vessels were compelled to seek shelter at South Bay. Friday morning the wind shifted to the west and the Suffel made another start for Oswego. Again she had to run back, as the wind and sea were too heavy. The St. Louis still lay at anchor. On the morning of the fifth day the wind moderated and Capt. Dix started out. Shortly afterwards a heavy snow storm set in, and as there was a heavy sea on the lake, he decided it would not be prudent to go ahead and he ran back here. The St. Louis was still lying at anchor when he left.

Marine Notes.

Craig's: propellor Persia up last night.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Sodus with feldspar.

The schooner Granger has arrived with a cargo of hay for shipment.

The steamer City of New York cleared for Oswego to load coal for Bath.

The steamer Navajo arrived at Wolfe Island, Wednesday, with coal from Oswego, for W. Allinson.

The tug Emerson, of the M.T. company, arrived from Montreal with five light barges, and cleared for Montreal with five grain barges.

It is expected that the barge Quebec, which went ashore near Charlotte, will be released today. Word to this effect was received by the M.T. Co.

Swift's: steamer Hamilton down yesterday; steamer Picton down last night; steamer Belleville down today; schooner Clara cleared for Sodus to go into winter quarters, after carrying coal for Swift & Co. the entire season; schooner Laura D., from Wolfe Island, unloading hay.

p.4 Sunk At Sarnia - Port Huron, Mich., Nov. 15th - The barge I.L. Bell, owned by the Pittsburgh Steamship company, was sunk here in the rapids yesterday, by a collision with the Canadian steamer Sequin. No lives were lost.



Sarnia, Nov. 15th - The Canadian steamer Sequin, lumber laden, bound down from Georgian Bay to Tonawanda, came into collision, last night about nine o'clock, with the American barge Lowthian Bell, in tow of the steamer Rockefeller, opposite Sarnia, in approaching the rapids.

The steamer Seguin had her bow stove in, and she now is lying at Sarnia, waiting orders.

The Lowthian Bell is resting on the bottom on the American shore, opposite Port Huron. The Seguin, while considerably damaged, will proceed on her journey on receipt of orders. The crew of the Lowthian Bell was rescued. The Rockefeller is lying at Port Huron.

James Swift Burned.

Detroit, Nov. 15th - Fire broke out in the after end of the Canadian steamer James Swift, in the St. Clair river last night, and it is believed that the boat is a total loss. The crew made heroic efforts to check the flames, but were finally forced to beach the burning ship on the American shore, and to flee for their lives in the yawl. The Swift is on the beach near Rongo light No. 5. She was bound for a Georgian Bay port, light, where she was to load timber. The boat was owned by D. Noonan, Kingston, Ont. She was built in 1893, and was 107 feet long, and twenty-three feet beam.

*Those who know say that the report is an error as to name. The steamer James Swift was burned down the canal some years ago and on rebuilding was renamed the Rideau King. D. Noonan has no other vessels than those of the Rideau Lakes Navigation company.

Gone To The Rescue - The steamer Strathmore burned at Michipicoten is a total wreck, and the crew is in danger. A tug has left Sault Ste. Marie for the purpose of rescuing the ill-fated men. The Strathmore was in command of Captain John Van Alstyne.

Incidents of the Day - William Lesslie, Kingston, and his expert wreckers, who have undertaken the contract to float the steamer Bavarian, from her stranded position on Wye Rock, opposite the Grosse Isle quarantine station, will make the attempt at high water this afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1906