The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1906

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While The Sailors Shovelled With Great Speed.

Detroit, Dec. 22nd - Dispatches telling of the arrival of the steamer Neepawah, at Collingwood, were a surprise as it had been understood the vessel was coming down as far as Port Huron. The Neepawah reached Collingwood after a voyage full of exciting incidents and with only part of her grain cargo. Some forty thousand bushels were left on the bottom of Lake Superior. Twice she was reported missing, and grave fears were entertained for her safety. The vessel was driven ashore near Michipicoten, on the north shore of Lake Superior, and to add to the adventures of the trip part of the crew mutinied when ordered to throw grain overboard. Jettisoning the cargo was the best and quickest method of saving the boat, and Capt. Hollingshead did not hesitate a moment. Arming himself with revolvers he ordered the men into the hold, and stood watch over them while they shovelled. Haste was necessary as the boat's supply of fuel was short. Finally the boat was able to back off the beach. In the Soo passage the steamer encountered more trouble on account of the ice, and two tugs were obliged to help her to Lake Huron.

N.K. Hugo Is Dead - learned trade of shipwright in England, came to Kingston in 1852; helped Capt. Gaskin take government steamer Cherokee from Kingston to New York; worked in Counter's shipbuilding yards, acting as foreman part of the time; in 1860 appointed guard in penitentiary; more details on life and family.

p.2 Spoke At Right Time - Wm. Lesslie gave facts to Kingston Board of Trade [Toronto Globe]

Nearly All In Kingston - The Montreal Transportation company's fleet of fleet of freighters have gone into winter quarters, nearly the whole number laying up here. In the vicinity of the elevators and below the Cataraqui bridge, some forty-four vessels are tied up. Only six vessels are away from Kingston this winter.

A Well Received Proposition - Local mariners seem much pleased with the proposed scheme for the locomotive works to add ship building to the industries of the company. "It is what is needed," said a prominent mariner this morning. "Let us have all shipping stop here for repairs instead of going to Toronto and points further west."

p.8 Marine Engineers' Officers - At a meeting of the Marine Engineers last evening, these officers were elected: C. McSorley, president; William Spencer, first vice-president; F.G. Henderson, second vice-president; John Evans, treasurer; James Gillie, secretary; J.W. Hazlett, conductor; E. Spencer, door-keeper; O.I. Hickey and A.E. Kennedy, auditors.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Island Wanderer had a record-breaking crowd on board when she arrived this afternoon, many of Kingston's sons and daughters from the other side of the line coming home for the Christmas time.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Dec 1906