The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1908

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p.1 Is Likely Drowned - Ogdensburg, Dec. 8th - Alexander McLain was member of crew of steamer Nipigon, had joined steamer Soo City, which was going around from Ogdensburg to New York City; wreckage of boat found at Cape Ray.

p.4 Lights Still Burning - Amherstburg, Dec. 8th - The lights on the westerly channel at Bar Point, which were discontinued by the lighthouse inspector at Buffalo, without notification to the Lake Carriers Association, were relighted last night and will be maintained by the lake carriers until the navigation season closes which will be soon. The Detroit river lighthouse at the mouth of the river will burn until the last vessel has passed into Lake Erie.

Met With Sad Death - Robert Bajus, 2nd engineer on str. Algonquin, fell off ladder while boarding. ....."Deceased was born in Kingston, and was a son of the late Philip Bajus. He had been sailing on the lakes for ten years, and during that time had acted as engineer on M.T. company's boats, was second engineer on the steamers Caspian, Donnelly and Garden City.....was for a number of years employed by William Lesslie in the wrecking business."



Fort William, Dec. 8th - All doubt of the fate of the steamer Clemson, of Duluth, which has not been heard of since she passed the Soo a week ago, has been set at rest by the arrival here of the steamer Dundee. Captain Zealand reports that himself and crew saw parts of the Clemson floating near Whitefish Point. Captain Zealand said he had often seen the Clemson and there was not the slightest doubt that the wreckage passed by the Dundee was part of the overdue boat.

A.B. Wolvin, president of the Wolvin Co., has sent a search party all along the north shore in hopes that any of the crew of twenty-five that may have survived will be rescued. He says the boat is probably at the bottom of Lake Superior with her crew.

Think He Was Lost - Sombra, Ont., Dec. 8th - Bert Simpson, a young man of this place, was watchman on the steamer Clemson, believed to be lost on Lake Superior. His parents reside a mile from here. Simpson went out on the boat at the opening of navigation.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1908