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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1906

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Of Wreckage Of Steamer Jones.

Owen Sound, Ont., Nov. 28th - Not much further news of the steamer J.H. Jones have reached here, except a letter from Rev. John Wilson, missionary of Christian Island, to the mayor of Owen Sound, which says there are painful evidences of the wreckage of the steamer Jones on the western shore of Christian Island. The vessel's two boats are now in the possession of Chief Ryan and part of the cabin and life preservers, some clothing and caps are strewn all along the shore, but as yet no bodies have been found. The tugs Sandford and Crawford left Wiarton, during the night, to search for any survivors or bodies from the lost vessel.


The J.H. Jones Believed To Have Foundered.

Wiarton, Ont., Nov. 28th - The coasting steamer J.H. Jones, owned by the Crawford Tug company, a local institution, it is now conceded, foundered off Cape Croker, on Thursday afternoon, and all hands were lost. The crew consisted of twelve, all from Wiarton, and the blow to the town is a severe one. The Jones, which plied between Owen Sound, Wiarton and Manitoulin Island ports, was one of the staunchest steamers on Georgian Bay, was fitted perfectly, was commanded by one of the best and most experienced men on the lakes, Capt. Crawford, and carried a crew that were born sailors. Part of a cabin, a lifeboat, and two unidentified bodies have been found by Indians on the north shore of the Christian Islands. Boats are now out from here, Owen Sound, Penetanguishene and Parry Sound, looking for survivors and wreckage, but it is hardly likely anything or any body willl be found.

The boat carried a good list of passengers, and the following crew: Captain J.V. Crawford, Mate E. Lennox, Wheelmen D. Ross, George McEwan, Engineers Chas. N. Shaw, W. Sadler, Firemen Tom Simmonds, L. Simmonds, L. MacVittie; deckhands James Tilley, George Smith; cook Frank Jackson, assistant cook M. Clark.

Coasting boats carry no booking list and there may have been one or two more passengers than the following, who are known to have been on board: T.J. Donaldson of Owen Sound; Alex. Lyons and Mrs. Lyons, his mother; Mr. Fox, Frank Felon, George Felon, M.W. Valtesson, Louis Allen, I.M. Wagg, of Tobermoray; Dan McIver, of Providence Bay and three unknown men on way to Manitoulin Island to work for Capt. Graham.

No Bodies Found.

Collingwood, Ont., Nov. 28th - The report that bodies from the lost steamer J.H. Jones have been washed ashore here is not correct though it is believed that all on board have perished. The Jones is reported as carrying twenty-seven in all, some eight being passengers and the rest crew. The return of the rescuing party, sent out, is expected at any time, though it is blowing a heavy gale at present. Christian Islands, the scene of the wreck, are located twenty miles north-east of Collingwood.

Was Instantly Killed - Fort William, Nov. 28th - William McCullough, Harbor Beach, Mich., aged twenty-one, a sailor on the steamer Abraham Stern, fell from the rigging of his ship on Tuesday, striking head first on floating ice. He was instantly killed.



The steamer Advance will arrive today, with grain for Richardsons'.

The steambarge Navajo arrived this morning from Montreal with freight.

The work of loading the schooner Acacia with feldspar was commenced today.

The scow Granger arrived with another cargo of hay from Wolfe Island this morning.

The steamer Pierrepont is loading flour at the Hedley-Shaw Milling company, for Picton.

The steamer Ames is expected at Richardsons' in a few days with wheat from Fort William.

Swift's: steamer Neepewah up yesterday; steamer Dundurn up yesterday; steamer Aletha down and up today.

Things are getting very quiet in marine circles here at present. The grain season will close shortly, as only a few steamers are now expected here.

M.T. Co.: tug Glide arrived from Montreal with three light barges, cleared for Montreal, light; tug Bronson from Montreal with four light barges, cleared for Montreal light.

p.4 Pith of the News - The steamer Chauncey Hurlburt, driven ashore at Leamington, Ont., in the storm last week, has been released by the Hackett Wrecking company of Amherstburg, and towed into the river by the tug Home Rule.

p.6 Last Shipment Made - The last shipment from Oswego left Tuesday for Kingston on the steamer Bothnia. This closes navigation for the season in Oswego and the trestles and elevators will close for the winter.

Kingston Dispatch True - Capt. Sinclair, of Detroit, underwriters' representative, went to Michipicoten Island, where the Canadian steamer Strathmore was wrecked. He confirms the Kingston dispatch which stated the steamer was destroyed by fire, but says the fire occurred after the boat had gone on the rocks and that it completed the work of destruction. Nothing is left of the vessel.

Gave Him A Morris Chair - presented by officers and crew of steamer Picton to Capt. D.F. Mills.

Pith of the News - The Anchor line steamer Conemaugh, ashore on Point Pelee, Ont., has been abandoned to the underwriters.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1906