The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1909

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p.1 Latest News - The steamer Winnipeg has been released by the tug General from the shore near Point aux Pins, where she stranded Sunday.



Sixty-Two Persons Perished During Season.

Detroit, Dec. 7th - At twelve o'clock Tuesday night navigation on the great lakes for the year 1909 was officially closed. With the end of the season comes the reckoning. Twenty-five vessels, with a total tonnage of 30,146 and valued at $1,144,000, have been wrecked during the past season, and of those who operated these boats sixty-two have perished.

Chief among the causes of disaster has been fog. Twenty-four collisions are recorded, and at least fifty per cent of these were caused by fog. The greatest loss of life on any one vessel occurred when the steamer John B. Cowle was rammed and sunk by the steamer Isaac M. Scott, near Whitefish Point, in Lake Superior, on July 12th. Fourteen men were drowned. Other large losses of life were: steamer Adella Shores, thirteen drowned; steamer Eberward (sic - Eber Ward ?) five drowned; tug Floss, seven drowned; barge George Hester, seven drowned; steamer George Stone, six drowned.

Last year's record was: Sixteen vessels lost, valued at $631,000, with a total tonnage of 26,250; total loss of life, 33.



The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay points today.

Capt. Motley, of the tug Bartlett, has left for his home in St. Catharines.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from bay ports, with grain for Richardsons' elevator.

Capt. J. Cavanagh and crew, of the steamer Nevada, have returned to their home in St. Catharines.

The steamer Marshall is on her way from Chicago to Richardsons' elevator, with 40,000 bushels of corn.

This has been a big season, for the shipment of cement, out of Belleville. A great deal of it went direct to Fort William, in the grain vessels, which discharge in Kingston. There was a great demand for cement all summer, and it was right in line for the grain vessels coming to Kingston, to call at Belleville, on their return trip.

Everything at present is very busy around the wharves, because of the fact that the vessels are being laid up for the winter. All the available space is being used, and before the ice sets in everything will be quite smug. Repair work has also been commenced on some of the vessels. The weather has remained so mild, that men have taken advantage of it, to do the work which was necessary.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1909