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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1906

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Windsor, Dec. 3rd - With about seven feet of water in her hold the steamer Tecumseh arrived here last night in tow of the tug Home Rule. She will unload her coal cargo here. The Tecumseh stranded near Scott's Point, in the south passage of Lake Erie, several days ago, on a rocky formation, and her bottom was considerably damaged. The tug Home Rule, of Amherstburg, went to her assistance. Coming up Lake Erie the water drowned out the fires under the boat's boiler and the tug had to take her in tow. Off Middle Sister Island the tow line parted and the tug had considerable difficulty picking up the disabled craft.



Ogdensburg Sailor Has Miraculous Escape.

Ogdensburg, Dec. 3rd - William Casey has returned from Buffalo after an exciting experience on the big steamer Conemaugh, of the Anchor line, which drifted on a reef at Point Pelee and went to pieces in the recent storm.

His escape from drowning was of the miraculous order. Being unable to make progress the Conemaugh dropped anchor, which refused to hold, and she was driven on the rocks, pounding so badly that she soon began to leak. The waves swept her decks and it was evident that in order to save the lives of the crew an effort must be made to reach shore.

The gale was so fierce as to make it impossible for the life-saving crew to reach the stranded vessel. Casey, with others, volunteered to go ashore in the yawl with a line. They had gone but a few yards when Casey was swept overboard into the raging waters. His comrades could not reach him. He battled bravely for many minutes, and carried on the crest of a huge wave was thrown bodily on the shore not much the worse for his experience. His fellow sailors also got ashore safely and by means of the line brought with them the crew of twenty-two was saved from a watery grave.



There were no arrivals or departures reported at the M.T. company today.

The schooner Tradewind arrived back from Clayton, where she took a cargo of lumber.

The steamers Advance, Edmonton and Simla have yet to arrive at Richardsons' with grain, that is if the weather will permit them making the trip.

Today was a very quiet day in marine circles. The grain traffic is at a close, and the storm now on will delay vessels on the way to this port.

The steamer Simla left Chicago, Saturday, with grain for Richardsons'.

The Montreal and Lake Superior company's new steamer Dundee passed up on Sunday night, from Dundee, Scotland, in charge of Capt. Oliver Patenaude. The Dundee is a sister ship to the steamer Winona, and is a fine addition to the above company's fleet.

Navigation is about over for the season. The steamers carrying way freight have gone into winter quarters. The steamer Aletha is about the last to finish. Her daily trips ended on Saturday. The steamer now goes on a weekly schedule which will last three weeks, leaving Kingston on December 5th, 12th and 19th.

p.8 Not Yet Decided - Quebec, Dec. 3rd - So far as can be learned the North American Wrecking company have not as yet decided what disposition will be made of the steamer Bavarian, recently floated from Wye Rock. Shipping men are of opinion that if the wreckers do not soon decide what they will do with the steamer, she will be frozen in by the ice in her present position.

A Steamer Ashore - The steamer City of New York, which left here Saturday night with 20,000 bushels of barley for Montreal, went ashore at six o'clock this morning at Coteau Lake. The steamer was in charge of Capt. Rooney and a pilot, the accident occurring on account of the gas buoys being removed some days ago. Richardson Bros. think that no trouble will be experienced in releasing the steamer as she is on a mud bottom.

Arrival From Oswego - The steambarge Bothnia arrived this morning with the last shipment of coal for this season. The steamer has been at Oswego for some time awaiting favorable weather. The coal is consigned to R. Crawford.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1906