The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Oct 1910

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p.1 Pith of the News - The steamer Frank L. Vance, Duluth, was burned to the water's edge in midlake, off Ludington, Mich., on Tuesday. The steamer Maggie Marshall rescued the entire crew.



According to the report received today the weather has cleared off, near South Bay Point, and a start has been made by the wreckers looking after the steamer Phoenix.

The captain on the steamer Arabian, which arrived at the M.T. Co.'s elevator, this forenoon, with grain, reported having passed the steamer Phoenix early this morning. He says that there had been a heavy fog, but it was clearing at that time, and gave every promise of being a fine day, and if such was the case, the work on the steamer would be proceeded with. For the past couple of days, it has been so rough that it was impossible to get near the Phoenix.

Joseph King, representing the Underwriters, arrived in the city on Wednesday morning, from Detroit, and has left for the scene of the mishap.

p.3 Gananoque, Oct. 5th - The coal schooner Britton arrived yesterday morning, with a cargo for Canada Bolt and Nut company.



The steamer H.S. Pickands is at the locomotive works with coal.

The tug Edmond and barge Columbia cleared for Bedford Mills to load slab wood for R. Crawford.

Swift's wharf: steamer Aletha down and up today; steamer Rideau King up from Portland this afternoon.

The tug Glyde (sic - Glide), of the M.T. Co.'s, was launched on Tuesday. The tug has been undergoing some extensive repairs.

The steamer Sowards and the schooner Major Ferry cleared for Charlotte. They have been held up on account of the rough weather.

The barge Sherman arrived from Cape Vincent on Wednesday morning, towed by the steamer Johnston, of the Calvin company, and is unloading coal at the Kingston & Pembroke railway wharf.

This is not the first time that Capt. Hourigan and the barge Sherman have been reported lost. Several years ago she was being towed down the lake in company with the barge Lapwing. The two barges broke adrift in a heavy gale and not being sighted for several days were reported lost. Later, however, the Sherman appeared under sail and towed her consort, which carried no sail.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Advance, from Fort William, lightered 5,000 bushels of wheat and cleared for Montreal; tug Bronson, from Montreal, three light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain-laden barges; steamer Acadian, from Fort William, transhipped 75,000 bushels of wheat into barges; steamer McKinstry, from Fort William, with 72,000 bushels of wheat, transhipped into barges for Montreal.



After one of the most trying experiences in the history of the barge and also of the captain and the members of the crew, the barge Walter E. Sherman, of the Hall Coal company, Ogdensburg, N.Y., arrived at the Kingston & Pembroke railway wharf, Wednesday afternoon, and the cargo of coal is being unloaded.

The Sherman is the barge that has been in the limelight the past few days, and which was believed, on Sunday last, to have gone down in Lake Ontario in the terrible gale.

However, to the credit of the captain, Matthew Hourigan, and his crew, the boat was able to pull through the gale, without damage to the craft, and with no loss of life. A large part of her deck load of coal was washed overboard, but in the terrific gale, which she encountered it was not to be expected that she would be able to save it.

As a rule, sailors are quite modest about their exploits, and it is the case with the crew of the barge Sherman. They admit they had a very rough time of it, however, but then, this is all in a sailor's life.

The Sherman cleared from Charlotte on Saturday afternoon last, with coal, towed by the steamer Phoenix, now sunk at South Bay Point. In spite of the big storm, everything went well, until a mishap occurred in the breaking of the tow line. This left the barge in a bad state, as she had no sails up. She drifted around, and for a time, was at the mercy of the waves. By good engineering, she was able to encounter the storm without mishap, and on Sunday, the wind shifted so as to favor the vessel heading into Oswego. They started for Oswego, but another change in the wind sent them back, and it was a case of fighting the waves all Sunday night. The vessel stood it like an old veteran, however, and on Monday morning the steamer Cardinal picked her up near the Galloup Islands, and towed her into Cape Vincent. The steamer Johnston then made the trip to Kingston with the Sherman.

Members of the crew state that it was one of the worst gales they were ever out in, and they will not soon forget their experience.

The Day's Episodes - The new steamer to be built for Capt. Foster, by the Davis Dry Dock company, for the Rideau route, between Smith's Falls and Kingston, will be of steel frame, and also have some other steel work in her construction.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Oct 1910