The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 May 1910

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p.1 Making First Trip - May 27th - William Pitt, the Midland man who went down with the steamer Goodyear, in Lake Huron, was making his first trip on the boat. A mother and six brothers survive him. Pitt was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters. He had been a resident of Midland only a short time.



The steamer Mapleton passed up yesterday.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Keewatin arrived from Sodus with coal.

The steamer City of Montreal passed up on Friday morning.

The steamer Cataract cleared for Oswego to load coal for Toronto.

The schooner Horace Taber passed on her way from Gananoque to Oswego on Thursday.

Hon. Clifford Sifton's yacht Morning Star is at Davis' dry dock undergoing repairs.

The steamer Aberdeen arrived from Montreal and cleared for Charlotte with the barge Rob Roy.

The schooner Ford River, loading feldspar at Richardsons' wharf, will clear tonight for Charlotte.

The steamer Wanderer, on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route, for a few days, went on the Cape Vincent run on Friday.

The steamer America made a special trip over from Cape Vincent on Thursday night with fifty-seven tons of hides for Davis' tannery.

Only three cargoes of feldspar have been carried over the lake, so far this season, for the reason that it is not being turned out quickly at the mines. It is expected that there will be a rush of it in a few days.

The veteran captain John Foley was at the wheel of the sloop Pilot, which cleared for Howe Island on Thursday with a load of lumber. He and Capt. Mahoney were given a grand send off by their fellow marine men.

All the coal schooners are very busy. The schooner Major Ferry had forty tons of coal on her when she made the last trip over to Oswego. It could not be removed promptly, so in order not to lose a trip, the schooner went across the lake again with the cargo.

The steamers Stormount, Fairmount and Glenmount are on their way from Fort William with grain for the M.T. company. The steamer Kinmount is due tonight at six o'clock from Fort William, with 72,000 bushels of wheat. The tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Montreal with three light barges.

Daily Standard, May 27, 1910



Modern Lake Freighters Are So Described.

Port Huron, Mich., May 27th - From stories of the survivors rescued from the steel freighter, Frank H. Goodyear, which went down in Lake Huron Monday morning, after being rammed by the steamer Wood, with a loss of 18 lives, the big ship was a victim of its method of construction.

Death Trap Construction.

The sinking of the Goodyear is another evidence of the death trap construction of the modern lake freighter, it is being said in marine circles here. The modern lake freighter is only a steel shell, with a pilot house on the bow and small cabin with a few staterooms after that. The sailors' bunk is below. It is built solely with a view of getting as large a cargo aboard as it possibly can carry and get through the locks at the Soo. Many of these boats are more than 600 feet long and all are narrow.

Attention first began to be called to certain dangers of this construction about three years ago by mysterious wrecks on Lake Superior, during or after storms and always off Whitefish Point, or near there. There never was a survivor of one of these disasters, never a scrap of wreckage except hatches, always the hatches. Once a lifeboat was picked up. It had davits with it, showing that it had not been launched.

Hatches Blown Off.

The hatches were examined more closely. They showed evidences of having been blown off, after having been battered (sic) down. This, considered with the fact that the wrecks were at that part of Lake Superior where the waves are long enough to reach from one end of a boat to the other led to the discovery that with one end of the boat on one billow and the other on another, the boat breaks of its own weight, and sudden rush of air from below blows off the hatches and the great ship, being only dead weight, disappears before a man can even jump overboard. The Goodyear went down in almost exactly this way.


Detroit, May 27th - Chief Engineer John Gibson, of the ill-fated steamer Goodyear, remained at his post in spite of his captain's order to come up and save himself, according to the story told by Mrs. Russell Heminger, wife of the vessel's commander.

"Gibson was in the engine room when the crash came," she said, "and several of the crew called him to come up. Captain Heminger himself called down the speaking tube ordering Gibson to leave his engines and come up, and received an acknowledgement of the order, but the engineer heroically stayed below in an attempt to beach the ship. A few moments later the engine-room was flooded and almost immediately the ship went down, carrying the brave engineer to this death."



The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Oswego to load coal for R. Crawford.

The schooner Ford River cleared tonight for Charlotte with feldspar from Jas. Richardson & Son.

The steamer Aberdeen cleared for Charlotte with the barge Rob Roy to load coal.

The good ship Pilot cleared for Howe Island last night with lumber for ex-Warden Foley. Admiral Mahoney was in command and the ex-County Councillor at the wheel.

The schooner Bertie Caulkins is expected from Charlotte with soft coal for Booth & Co.

Swift & Co. arrivals - Steamers City of Montreal and Beaverton up tonight. Schooner Keewatin arrived last night with coal from Sodus Point.

M.T. Co. arrivals - The steamer Kinmount from Fort William with 72,000 bushels of wheat and tug Mary P. Hall up with three light barges. The steamer Stormount, Fairmount and Glenmount are on their way down from Fort William with grain.

p.5 City Happenings - New spars are expected for the Kathleen. She will also get a new set of sails.

Oscar Parent, night watchman on the steambarge Canadian, fell on Wednesday into the hold of that vessel while it was being loaded at the cement works at Belleville and sustained severe and painful injuries. He was removed to the Hospital and will recover.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 May 1910