The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1910

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p.3 Gananoque, Oct. 6th - ....The coal schooner Horace Taber arrived yesterday with a cargo for W.A. Robertson.


The steamer Missisquoi was up from Gananoque today.

The steamer (sic) Cornelia arrived from Oswego and unloaded coal at Folger's wharf.

The steambarge Westport cleared for Cape Vincent, with a cargo of lumber from Ottawa.

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

There was a very heavy fog on the lake this morning, and it gave the mariners some trouble. However, it was not thick enough, to cause the boats to be laid up.

Swift's wharf - steamer Belleville down today; she is about twelve hours late; steamer Dundurn up, about ten hours late; steamer Aletha down and up today; steamer Rideau King cleared this morning for Rideau Ferry.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer McKinstry and Acadian cleared for Belleville, to load cement for Fort William; tug Emerson arrived at Port Dalhousie at 5 a.m., with three light barges and cleared for Kingston with three coal barges; tugs Bronson and Mary cleared for Montreal, each with two grain-laden barges.



More thrilling than that of the members of the crew of the barge Walter E. Sherman, was that of the experience of the men on board the steamer Phoenix, which had the barge Sherman in tow, and which encountered the heavy gale, coming across from Charlotte, on Saturday afternoon. Members of the crew of the steamer Phoenix arrived in the city last night, and it was from them, that the true story of the mishap has been learned.

Every member of the crew are thinking of the narrow escape they had from going down to a watery grave. It was a case of the steamer making for the shore as fast as they could, and luck was with them, and they made it. They did not abandon the vessel.

All the reports received of the affair up till today, stated that the tow line on the barge Sherman had been broken, during the gale, but it appears that the line was cut by the men on the steamer Phoenix when the latter vessel sprung a leak, and found that they would have to put the vessel ashore. They did not want to put the barge ashore as well as themselves so considered that it would be best to allow the barge to go adrift, in spite of the heavy gale. The cutting away came as a great surprise to the men on the barge, but owing to the desperate condition the steamer was in, there was no time to make explanation. It was ten o'clock on Saturday night, when the tow line was cut, and then the steamer made the race for the shore, the vessel taking in water all the time. The pumps were used, but the odds were against them. But they were able to make it all right, and everyone was landed safely. The members of the crew will not soon forget their experience, however. It was the opinion of nearly all, that they would go down. However, Providence was kind to them, and they are, today, able to look back upon their experience as the most thrilling they ever had in the marine business.

For the time being, the Donnelly Wrecking Company has abandoned the steamer Phoenix, the steamer Donnelly returning to the city, late yesteray afternoon. Joseph King, representing the Underwriters, is now at the scene. Yesterday, the Donnelly was able to get close to the ill-fated steamer, and the pumps were used for a couple of hours, but this did not help much and the work was given up. All the members of the crew of the Phoenix arrived in the city, last night, with the exception of Capt. Richards, and his first mate, and they are staying over to watch developments.

The fact that Capt. Hourigan did not know of the Phoenix's condition, put him to a great deal of inconvenience, as after battling with the storm, and at last getting at anchor, he could have been towed to Kingston by the steamer Sowards. The Sowards passed him on Sunday morning, but as he was of the opinion that the tow line had broken, and that the steamer Phoenix would be back as soon as possible he did not give Capt. Max Shaw, of the Sowards, a signal to come to her assistance. Otherwise the Sherman would have been back in Kingston on Sunday, and there would have been no anxiety caused.

The Phoenix lies in seventeen feet of water forward and in eighteen feet aft. She is 1,300 gross tons, 250 feet long, 38 feet beam, and valued at $15,000. She was built at West Bay City, Mich., in 1884 and was formerly called the Waldo A. Avery. This year, she was purchased by the George Hall company, of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Her cargo consists of 2,000 tons of soft coal, valued at between $6,000 and $7,000. Marine men think the Phoenix and her cargo will be a total loss.

p.8 Day's Episodes - The steamer Dundurn passed up this afternoon.

The steambarge John Randall was in port, and cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Prince Rupert arrived at Deseronto yesterday with iron ore from Marquette, Mich. The steamer Simla and barge Burma are expected at Deseronto today from the same place with iron ore.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1910