The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Nov 1906

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p.1 Record of the Storm - Detroit, Nov. 23rd - Eighteen known drowned, and possibly a dozen others is the record of the worst storm that has swept the lakes in many years. Many ships are ashore and several others overdue, so it may be a day or two before a full list of the casualties is known.

Leamington, Nov. 23rd - Nothing further is known here up to noon as to the fate of the barge J.C. Clint, in tow of the Chauncey Hurlburt, ashore in Pigeon Bay.

Pith of the News - The barge Athens, in tow of the steamer Pratt, went down in Lake Erie in the storm on Wednesday night. The captain and six men of the crew were probably drowned. Captain Mackey, Milwaukee, was in command of the barge.

The steamer reported from Leamington on Thursday as ashore on Point Pelee, is the Anchor line steamer Conemaugh, upbound, with a valuable cargo of package freight. She is pounding hard, and filled with water. The crew of twenty men was rescued.



The scow Granger has left for Wolfe Island to load hay.

The schooner Tradewind has left for Clayton with lumber.

The steambarge Kenirving is at Davis' drydock undergoing repairs.

The schooner Metzner has left for Cape Vincent with a cargo of lumber.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes will load coal at Charlotte for James Swift.

The scow Idlewild has left for Howe Island and will return with a cargo of hay.

There was a blank sheet with the M.T. company today, no arrivals or departures.

The steamers Simla, Rosemount and Ames are expected at Richardsons' with grain.

The steamer Ames loaded wheat at Fort William today for Richardsons' elevator, Kingston.

The steamer Black Rock cleared at six o'clock this morning for Buffalo, to load coal for Chicago.

The schooner W.J. Suffel, loaded with feldspar for Charlotte, will clear today if weather continues favorable.

The government boat Speedy was at Crawford's today taking coal. She will go to Toronto and lay up for the winter.

Craig's: propellors Persia and Cuba arrived last night from Montreal and lay to until daybreak this morning, when they left for Toronto to go into winter quarters.

Swift's: steamer Aletha did not come down yesterday on account of the high winds, but will make the trip down and up the bay today; steamer Picton down today, to go into winter quarters at Sorel, after a prosperous season.

James Howden, superintendent of dredges for the dominion, put up at the drydock yesterday, with the government yacht Speedy, to lay to until the gale abated. The Speedy cleared this morning for Toronto to go into winter quarters.

The steamer Simla, of the Calvin company, was in the gale of Thursday, while en route from Fort William to Port Stanley. She reached the latter port safely, however. Her crew had an exciting time. Capt. Malone, of Kingston, is in command.

The M.T. Co.'s tug Emerson is on the drydock, having a patch put on one of her starboard plates, damaged by coming in contact with the rocks on Round Island during Wednesday night's gale. The tug Hall, yesterday, proceeded to Montreal with the Emerson's barges.

No Protection Afforded.

Local mariners say it is disgraceful that Toronto harbor should afford such poor protection to vessels during storms. They look upon the foundering of the steambarge Resolute as due to the neglect of Toronto's authorities to have the eastern channel to the harbor dredged so that deep draught boats could safely get through. The Resolute was unable to get into shelter, through that channel, on account of the low water, and had to bear the brunt of the storm outside. Only recently, the schooners Straubenzie and Oliver Mowat were in peril for a similar reason. It is time that Toronto urged upon the marine department the necessity of giving an entrance throught the east channel to the harbor and affording protection to vessels when a storm comes.

p.5 District News - Capt. Hicks, of the steamer Varuna, is at Rome, N.Y., taking treatment for cancer.

p.6 News of the World - The consort of the Resolute, the schooner Locke, got safely into Toronto harbor late last night.

The schooner St. Louis, wind-bound off the western sand bar, Toronto, was towed into the harbor this afternoon.

The steamer Panama has been found wrecked on Mineral Reef Point, Lake Superior, and the crew have probably perished.

None of the bodies of the six seamen who were lost in the wreck of the steambarge Resolute have been recovered so far.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Nov 1906