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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jul 1909

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Were Lost While They Were In Bunks.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., July 13th - The new steamer Isaac M. Scott collided with and sank the down bound steamer John B. Cowles, about one mile off Whitefish Point, in the region generally known as the graveyard of the lake, at 5:30 a.m. yesterday, in a dense fog and fourteen men on the latter, who were in their bunks, were drowned.

The Cowles was loaded with iron ore and sank almost instantly after the crash. The Scott fairly cut her in two, striking her abreast of No. 5 hatch on the port side. Nine members of the crew and one passenger, a son of the chief engineer, were rescued by the Scott, which stood close by all the time. Captain Rogers and the second mate were picked up by boats from the steamer Goodyear, which had kept company with the Scott from the "Soo," both vessels having locked up at two o'clock yesterday morning.

The rest of the crew who were saved jumped from the sinking steamer into the lake, some without life preservers, and were picked up by the Scott and steamer Goodyear, which was a short distance astern of the Scott when the collision occurred. The Goodyear continued on her way to Duluth. The Scott, however, turned around and came back with survivors and to get instructions. She sustained serious damage to her bow, a large hole being torn in the starboard side about two feet above the water line.

Those saved are: Capt. Rogers the second mate, who were gotten on board the Goodyear; Alva Rogers, a son of the captain and John Sargeant watchman, both of Henderson, N.Y.; first mate E. Carleton and Edward Tinney, of Conneaut, Ohio; Byron Rogers, steward, Watertown, N.Y.; Jos. Woodham, wheelman, Buffalo, N.Y.; Chas. Ault, oiler, Adams, N.Y. The one passenger, Thomas McKerran, son of the chief engineer, is among the lost, the others missing are second engineer, one wheelman, one oiler, four firemen, four deck hands, cook and porter, making a total of fourteen. The survivors left here this morning for Cleveland by rail.

The Scott is tied up here awaiting the arrival of insurance adjusters. She is in charge of Captain A. McArthur, and was on her maiden trip, upbound, for a cargo of iron ore.



The steambarge Kenirving passed on her way to Smith's Falls last night.

The schooner Marshall, loading stone at the penitentiary, cleared for Cobourg.

The steambarge Westport is undergoing some minor repairs at Davis' dry dock.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived at Richardsons', and will load feldspar for Charlotte.

The steamer St. Joseph, of the Toronto Electric company, is undergoing repairs on the Kingston dry dock.

The steamer Alexandria passed down last night, with considerable freight, and a large number of passengers.

The tug Thomson cleared for Dixon's (sic) Landing, for barge Harrison, loaded with pulp wood, and will clear for Cape Vincent.

Swift's: steamer Aletha from bay points; steamer Caspian down and up today; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight.

The sailing yacht Maize, of Picton, was at Swift's, this morning, on her way up. The yacht lay at anchor in the harbor all through the storm.

The schooner Kitchen has arrived at Trenton from Erie with coal. Capt. Henry Daryeau (Daryaw ?) came down from Trenton last night, to spend a couple of days in Kingston.

The steamer Toronto did not leave here until ten o'clock Monday evening, on her western trip. The engineer's department worked steadily all day Monday, repairing the damage which proved more serious than was at first imagined.

p.6 Gananoque, July 12th - ...The coal schooner Horace Taber pulled into Gananoque river yesterday with a cargo for W.A. Robertson.

p.8 Sailor Hurt In Row - sailor from schooner Acacia unconscious, taken to hospital.

The Day's Episodes - The steamyacht Ramona, of the Thousand Island company fleet, will be ready for the club ramble in a few days. The yacht has been completely overhauled and well lengthened.

- 4 sailors in fierce scrap at local hotel; minor damage done.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jul 1909