The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Dec 1906

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Ottawa, Dec. 19th - .....(after the holiday break) one of the questions which will be fought out with fierceness is the wreck of the Golspie in Lake Superior, and the fact that no aid was sent to the summons for ten days. The weather was at times forty-five degrees below zero, and as a result four of the number have had to have their legs amputated, while a fifth has had to have both legs and his arms amputated.

A.C. Boyce, the conservative member for Algoma West, brought the matter up in the house, and enquired of the minister of marine and fisheries why he had done nothing to succor these men. He rated the department soundly, and demanded that the lamentable affair be probed to the bottom by the government. Mr. Royce declared that the officers of the government knew the condition the men were in before an attempt was made to get them out.

He asked why the minister made no move; why he did not telegraph to the government offices at Michipicoten. He pointed out that when a government tug had been wired for to the Soo the reply was that the tug was busy. Six days went by and still no help was rendered; eventually a private tug was sent out. The men were taken to Sault Ste. Marie, where it was found that their limbs were frozen black, and a wave of indignation was flowing all over Canada.

Mr. Brodeur replied he regretted that aspersions had been cast upon the department before the facts were known, and without waiting for the result of the thorough investigation that was going on......


Detroit, Dec. 19th - A despatch from Escanaba says that the crew of the steamer John M. Nicol, wrecked on Big Summer Island, in Green Bay, last Thursday, tell a harrowing tale of their experiences. They suffered terrible from exposure and several of them had terribly frozen hands and feet.

Two fishermen in a small gasoline launch made a thrilling rescue of the nineteen members of the crew Friday, when the entire end of the Nichol was torn away and the forward part was threatening to go to pieces at any moment. The crew saved nothing but the clothing they wore.

The Nicol was owned by the Nicol Transit company of Buffalo, is a wooden package freighter and was loaded with bar wire.

Canal Open Still - Detroit, Dec. 19th - The American lock at the Soo closed for the season, last night, but the Canadian canal will be kept open a few days longer.

Marooned On Island - Detroit, Dec. 19th - Three keepers of Manitou Island lights are marooned on that island, in Lake Superior, and must wait until a tug comes to their rescue. The light was extinguished late last week, but successive storms have made it impossible for the men to reach the mainland in their small boats. The matter was brought to the attention of President Livingston, of the Lake Carriers' Association yesterday. No tug could be secured nearer than the Soo, which is 180 miles from Manitou. A fast tug, fully provisioned, has left the Soo, and probably will reach the men on Thursday. It is feared that the men may be short of provisions.

Pith of the News - The steamer Neepawah, which has arrived at the Soo went aground near Michipicoten and had to throw a large quantity of wheat overboard before she could get off.

p.2 Steamer New York Sold - The Bay Transportation company, operating a boat line between Sandusky and Cedar Point, Ohio, has just purchased the steamer New York of the Folger fleet. The deal was closed by Joseph A. Singler, of Sandusky, representing the Bay company. The New York is one of the best known side-wheel passenger boats on the river and until last summer, in active service among the Thousand Islands for twelve years.

Marine Notes.

The steambarge Navajo started out for Stella, yesterday morning, for a cargo of pressed hay, but did not make the trip as there was too much ice to encounter. The Navajo will probably lay up for the winter now, but if there is a chance of making the trip to Stella, she will do so. The Navajo has had a most successful season, and met with no serious mishap, although on one occasion the vessel ran aground while on the way to Montreal. Had yesterday's trip been continued the Navajo would have been damaged considerably by the ice.

The schooner Dunn has finally gone into winter quarters at Charlotte, N.Y., with 1,000 tons of coal on board. On November 7th she cleared from Fairhaven for Toronto, but never got there owing to storms. She ran into Charlotte for repairs, receiving orders from his company to again proceed to Toronto, the captain waiting for a favorable wind. For thirty days the captain waited, but he waited in vain, and finally on December 10th, when navigation closed, orders were received ordering the boat to lay up for the winter at Charlotte.

p.9 Inspection of Barges - bill introduced in Parliament for official inspection of barges, to insure seaworthiness and prevent overloading.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Dec 1906