The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1907

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One Hundred Lives Lost And Many Craft.

Windsor, Ont., Oct. 12th - One hundred lives lost and $1,500,000 damage done to shipping is the toll of the great lakes so far this year, with the most dangerous part of the season yet to come. The death list is an almost unprecedented one, and the property loss is also extremely high.

The chief item in the monetary losses is that caused by fire, the steamers Naomi and City of Cleveland going far towards bringing up the grand total for destruction through this cause to $1,003,000. Loss of life on account of fire was also considerable, ten meeting their deaths on this account. The Naomi is again responsible for the big total, seven of her crew and passengers meeting their deaths in the fire which destroyed the ship. The loss of the Arcadia off Pentwater on April 23rd, is by far the greatest accident of the season; fourteen people - every person aboard the little boat - meeting death in the lake when she went down.

The total losses for the season thus far number six, giving an estimated loss of $111,000. The boats are: Pilgrim, struck in storm on Lake Huron, $16,000; tug L.B. Johnson, turned turtle, $5,000; Arcadia, wrecked in storm off Pentwater, $10,000; Carrington, went to pieces on beach in storm, $30,000; Nimick, driven on Lake Superior rocks, $45,000.

Other big losses were sustained by the burning of the City of Cleveland and Naomi, the hulls of which were saved and are being rebuilt. The losses on them were $175,000 and $136,000 respectively.

Early in the season vessel captains in an effort to make more money for the owners of the same tried to force their boats through the piled-up ice. The result was that the principal losses totalled $53,000. There were innumerable smaller losses, for scarcely a boat went through the ice without receiving some damage and repairs on boats quickly amount up.

The most serious losses of life occurred on the Arcadia, Searchlight, Naomi, Nimick and when a rowboat was run down by a tug, Walton B., in Duluth harbor and five men drowned. Five seamen committed suicide from their boats and one was murdered by a companion.



The schooner Acacia cleared for Oswego today, to load coal for R. Crawford.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared from Garden Island today for Sodus to load coal.

Folger's wharf: steamer Alexandria up Friday night; steambarge Waterlily up Friday night.

Richardsons' elevator: sloop Laura D. from Wolfe Island with oats; schooner Ford River loading feldspar for Charlotte.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton down today; Belleville up; Aletha down and up; Cornwall down Sunday; City of Montreal up yesterday; schooner Clara cleared for Sodus for coal.

Harry Mizen, of Oswego, has received an order to sell the schooner Clara Youell, lying there. She has been held several months because of bills owed to John S. Parsons, Patrick Flanagan the grocer, and others in that city.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Nellie Reid down with two grain-laden barges; tug Jessie Hall down with three, and Mary P. Hall with three; steamer Canadian cleared for upper lakes; steamer Robert Wallace cleared for Oswego, to load coal for Lake Superior ports.

The steamer Island Belle is in the drydock, where, after receiving some repairs, she will proceed to Alexandria Bay to lay up for the winter. The Belle's shaft has become somewhat worn in the hub of the propellor wheel, allowing the wheel to become loosened, which had bothered them considerably during the summer.

Monday night, the passenger ferry steamer Plumb, running between Ogdensburg and Prescott, collided with the M.T. Co.'s barge Montreal, loaded with grain. The ferry boat struck the barge just forward of the after cabin, snapping the steamer's stern in two, tearing it from the deck and splitting it nearly to the water line. The staunchions supporting the upper deck were snapped in two, raising the deck and moving it somewhat. The barge suffered no injury of any extent, and the tow proceeded on its way down the river.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1907