The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1907

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He Clung To Cabin Top And Was Saved.

Those who know Capt. John Sullivan, the ancient mariner, who acquired some political fame a few years ago, recognize in him not only one of the bravest sailors on the great lakes but a droll and waggish man under his saturnine aspect. It will be remembered that when his vessel, the Resolute, foundered in a gale off the western gap, Toronto, he, after sending his crew away on the life boat, clung to the cabin top which was adrift and was finally driven on to shore in the darkness. This action of his has been accounted one of the most creditable in the annals of lake sailing, and his subsequent escape one of the most miraculous. A few days after the wreck an old acquaintance met him and warmly congratulated him on the preservation of his life.

The captain thanked him and then remarked:

"Say, this fellow, Sheard, you've got up at the city hall, is no kind of a man.!"

"What's the matter with him?"

"Well, the day after I had been floating round in the lake for hours he ordered people to boil their drinking water!"

Marine Notes.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner cleared from Richardson's for Charlotte with feldspar.

The tug Nellie and scow Mary Louise cleared for Rideau river points, having discharded a cargo of slabs at Richardson's.

The schooner Winnie Wing cleared for Oswego to load coal for Booth's.

The steambarge John Randall arrived from Oswego with coal for Crawford's.

Swift's: steamers Dundurn down today; Belleville down today; Hamilton up last night; Rideau Queen up tonight; Caspian down and up today; Kingston down and up today; Rideau King for Ottawa today.

M.T. Co.: steamer Fairmount, carrying 90,000 bushels of wheat, with the barge Melrose, with 48,000 bushels of wheat, have arrived from Fort William; the tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with four light barges, and cleared for that port with four grain barges.

The wrecking steamer Donnelly returned from the steamer Pellatt, today, and will go back directly with the Grantham, as the steamer will have to be lightened before she is pulled off. Capt. John Donnelly told the Whig, this morning, that the Pellatt was ashore below Calumet Island, having dragged her anchor in the fog of Monday night. It is expected that the steamer will be released some time tonight, when she will continue her way to Montreal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1907