The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Oct 1913

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Port Rowan, Ont., Oct. 22nd - The freighter Elphicke, Fort William to Buffalo, was beached half a mile to the west of the Long Point life-saving station Tuesday morning, and is now in a bad way. She was carrying 106,000 bushels of wheat.

Capt. Collins and his crew of seventeen were safely removed by the life-savers, who, however, had all they could do in the rough water of Lake Erie to reach the steamer which was about 400 yards from shore.

The vessel was beached after it had been found, during the night, that she had sprung a leak and had forty-six inches of water in the hold. By five o'clock there was a depth of seven feet of water.

After being stranded, she was so badly pounded by the waves that she broke in two. The Elphicke was about 270 feet long, owned by the Bockeys Steamship company, of Duluth, and valued at about $25,000.

p.3 First Great Lakes Wreck of the Season - a photo of the schooner Sligo ashore.



The schooner Ford River arrived from Charlotte, on Wednesday morning, loaded with coal.

The schooner Julia B. Merrill cleared for Oswego to load coal.

The steamer Toiler passed down on Wednesday morning.

The steamer Majestic is laid up at Toronto.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Calgarian discharged her cargo and cleared for Fort William; tug Mary up with three light barges; tug Mary P. Hall cleared for Montreal with two grain barges; tug Bronson from Montreal with three light barges. Six grain steamers are due to discharge this week at the elevator.

The sloop Granger cleared for Deseronto, after discharging mill wood at the Portsmouth wharf.

p.6 Gananoque, Oct. 22nd - The coal schooner Britton, owned by Charles E. Britton of this town, and commanded by Capt. Amos Green, was brought into port at an early hour yesterday morning, by the tug Josephine, of the Donnelly wrecking company. She had loaded with soft coal at Sodus for the works of the steel company of Canada in Gananoque, and on her run down ran into bad weather, and, springing a leak, Capt. Green beached his vessel at the head of Wolfe Island. The Donnelly company of Kingston being notified, the Josephine with a wrecking crew went over and pulled her off and brought her into port, where they are lightering her and will then take her to Kingston dry dock for repairs.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Oct 1913