The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1906

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Escape of Crew on Queen of the Lakes Was Miraculous.

The wreck of the schooner Queen of the Lakes has caused comment around the city, and when the particulars became known, the general opinion expressed was that the crew had a miraculous escape. The sea was very high when the crew put off from the schooner, and one member of the crew stated, yesterday, that had the wind not been in their favor, they would certainly have perished.

"It would have been all up with us sure, if the wind had been against us," was the way in which one of the crew put it.

Samuel Cannem, the cook, who was on board the ill-fated schooner, has figured in several other shipwrecks.

Declined To Go.

Thomas Donnelly has gone to Collingwood to hold a survey on the steamer Winona, on Collingwood drydock. The cost of repairs will be very heavy. The owners and the underwriters of the steamer Winona requested Capt. Donnelly to go up to the Duck Islands on the fated steamer J.H. Jones to superintend the salvage work on the steamer Winona, but he positively refused to go up Lake Huron and Georgian Bay on the steamer at this season of the year. The Jones was lost with all hands.

Marine Notes.

There were no arrivals or departures reported at the M.T. company today. The company has been busy the past few days getting their barges into winter quarters.

Swift's: steamer Dundurn down this morning; steamer Aletha lay in shelter at Swift's last night, and left this morning for bay ports. Today the Aletha will likely make her last trip.

The steamer City of New York has arrived at Richardsons' light from Quebec, and will clear today with grain for Montreal. The trip to Quebec was a fine one, and on the return the steamer made remarkably good time.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon has arrived from Charlotte. The vessel was in port there the same time as the Queen of the Lakes. They made the trip without any mishap, but some of the other schooners that ventured out at the same time had to return for shelter.



People Doubt Veracity of Alleged Sailors.

Three men, who claimed to be on their way from Chaumont to Oswego, said in Watertown, N.Y. that they had been employed as deck hands on the schooner Eliza Fisher, owned at Toronto and bound for that port from Oswego with a cargo of coal, and which they claim went ashore at the head of Wolfe Island, Tuesday morning.

According to the men the schooner lost her foremast when well out on the lake and drifted down until she went ashore. They claimed to have had narrow escapes in leaving the wreck, could not undertake to account for the others of the crew, and professed to have lost their clothing and money in getting off. One who has long been familiar with lake navigation says that a schooner known as the Eliza Fisher was broken up several years ago.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Dec 1906