The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1906

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p.1 May Never Find Bodies - Wiarton, Ont., Nov. 30th - Little hope is entertained here of any of the bodies of those who went down with the J.H. Jones ever being recovered. The deep waters of the Georgian Bay never give up their dead. The people know that, and have given up hope, though they continue to search.



Foundered On Thursday Off Sodus Point, N.Y.

"Schooner Queen of the Lakes foundered. All the crew saved."

A telegram with the above was received by James Richardson & Sons late Thursday afternoon. The schooner is owned by the Richardsons, and was on her way from Charlotte to Kingston with coal. It was learned that she had foundered when about ten miles out of Sodus. The captain and members of the crew will arrive in the city via the Cape boat at noon today. The crew is composed of the following:

Capt. Chauncey Daryaw, Frank Daryaw, son of the captain, R. Watts, Thomas Watson, Francis Truesdall, and Samuel Cannem cook, all of Kingston.

The schooner left here about ten days ago loaded with feldspar for Charlotte, and made the trip without mishap. Owing to rough weather she stayed in Charlotte several days for shelter, but, on Wednesday morning, as the weather cleared somewhat she put out for the return trip. Only meagre particulars have been received of the unfortunate accident, but it is known that there was a very rough sea, and it is believed that the vessel sprunk a leak.

There was no insurance on the schooner.

The Queen of the Lakes was rebuilt by Richardsons several years ago, having been purchased from Capt. Taylor. The vessel was purchased by the Richardsons when she went aground on one of the lakes. She was rebuilt at Deseronto. This was the first mishap the vessel had met with since that time.

The past season was a very busy one with the schooner, she having been engaged for the most part in carrying coal and feldspar.

The coal in the Queen of the Lakes consisted of 500 tons of soft coal screenings, consigned to James Swift & Co., Kingston. The coal was for Queen's University, Swift & Co. having the contract to supply that institution. As neither vessel and cargo are accepted risks at this late season of the year, both the Richardsons and Swift & Co. lose all. More than that, it will cost Swift & Co. over $500 to keep their contract with Queen's, as it will take that amount over and above the contract price to get the coal here by rail.

Marine Items.

The schooner Metzner has arrived, light, from the Cape.

The schooner Pilot arrived at Richardsons' with grain from bay ports.

The steamer Pierrepont has arrived back from Picton, where she went with a cargo of flour.

The steamer Ames arrived at Richardsons', from Fort William, with 27,000 bushels of barley and 34,000 bushels of wheat. She was unloaded during the night and cleared, at seven o'clock this morning, for Fort William.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The tug Jessie Hall, of the M.T. company, cleared for Montreal with three light barges (sic).

Capt. Thomas Donnelly will be one of the assessors at the inquiry into the wreck of the steambarge Resolute.



Sinking of the Schooner Queen of the Lakes.

Capt. Daryaw and the members of the crew of the schooner Queen of the Lakes, arrived in the city at one o'clock this afternoon, on the steamer Wanderer from Cape Vincent. The news had spread around that the men would arrive on the Cape boat, and a large number of their friends were down to the dock to give them a warm welcome and to congratulate them on their grand work in making such a plucky escape from the schooner.

In speaking to a representative of the Whig, Capt. Daryaw stated that the schooner had taken on a cargo of 480 tons of slack coal at Charlotte for Kingston, and had left there on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon when about ten miles this side of Sodus, the vessel sprank a leak. The lake was very rough. The pumps were put to work, and at 8:30 o'clock that night the vessel was headed for Sodus.

All the time the sea kept increasing, and at 11:45 o'clock the captain says that the vessel became unmanageable, and filled with water in a short time.

"The vessel filled up with water and we had no time to save anything, not even some of our clothes," said the captain. "It was here we saw that the vessel was doomed. We got into the small boats and pulled away.

"It was almost midnight when we got away from the vessel," continued the captain, "and I had been at the wheel for the last four hours."

Although the members of the crew had a very rough time in the boats, they succeeded in reaching shore without any mishap, but they were in an exhausted condition. It was 2:30 o'clock in the morning when they reached the farm house of a man named Waldron.

Waldron had retired for the night, but when he was told what had happened, he was soon astir, and had a good fire for the shipwrecked men sailors. The men's clothes were wet through as a result of their adventure, and they gladly welcomed the good fire that had been prepared for their benefit. A lunch and some hot coffee was also served the men, and they all speak in the highest terms of the treatment accorded them by Farmer Waldron.

Having reached terra firma the return to the city was an easy matter, and the crew was more than pleased at being back in the city once more. It was indeed an experience which they do not care to have to go through again.

Capt. Daryaw has been sailing on the Queen of the Lakes for five years, and went by the nickname of "Chauncey." He is a good man in the business, and it is to be regretted that such a misfortune overtook him.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1906