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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1879

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Ther will be sold, on board the barque Arabia, at the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company's wharf, by Public Auction, at 11 a.m., on Thursday, the 20th inst., for the benefit of whom it may concern, a quantity of damaged corn.

Nov. 19th J.E. HUTCHISON, Auctioneer.

A Changed Business - We have no doubt many persons will remember the little schooner Mowbray, which lay below the bridge for a long time. The little vessel is now engaged in carrying nitro-glycerine and dynamite on Lake Superior, having been fitted up for that purpose. She was built in 1856 in Quebec by Mr. W. Power, now of this city.

Customs' Seizure - A Napanee telegram says: The scow Annie, of Kingston, trading under a coasting license, was seized here yesterday by the Customs officers for neglecting to enter each cargo shipped under the new regulations.


Additional Bodies Found

Oswego, N.Y., Nov. 18th - The tug Heckler is at Sodus Point with the following on board: Captain Thompson, Fred Straus, Judson Morrison, Chas. England and wife, Chas. Carigan, J.B. Young, Henry Heckler, Jerome Morrison and wife, Pat Finnel, and three others unknown.

Sackett's Harbour, N.Y., Nov. 19th - When the gale struck the last fleet all the tugs cut loose from the tow, except the Seymour, and sought to save themselves. The scows soon parted from the rest of the fleet. The tug Thayer sunk, and it is supposed all the crew were lost. The tug Beckler was abandoned in a sinking condition, but in getting her alongside of the dredge Gordon she stove a hole in the latter, which quickly filled her with water, and both crews were lost, except Thomas Smith and two Swedes. These clung to the cabin of the Dredge and were picked up at daylight by the Seymour.

Ogdensburg, Nov. 18th - From the best information received up to this morning it is believed the only persons lost on board the tow of the tug Seymour were Capt. Logan, his brother; William Arnold, part owner; and the cook and her husband off dredge No. 3. They would have been saved but for the tug Becker running into the dredge, staving a hole in her. Nearly all of Seymour's tow have been found, and it is thought that with the assistance that has been sent out all will be picked up except dredge No. 2, and tugs Becker and Thayer, which foundered without any one aboard. One of the dredges is in Sodus all right, and one is off Sodus Point at anchor, and will undoubtedly be picked up today.

Oswego, N.Y., Nov. 19th - Additional particulars of the late disaster have been received. Two tugs of the fleet were seen to go down. The tug Becker came alongside the dredge Gordon about 1:30 a.m. half full of water. George Palmer, Samuel Logan and William Logan jumped aboard the dredge. Immediately thereafter the tug careened over and disappeared. The tug O. Thayer went down about 9 p.m. Her captain, Henry Hickler, was saved. The engineer is supposed to be lost. On board the dredge Gordon were Richard Arnold, Patrick Logan, Billy Logan, George Palmer and wife. The water in the engine room was waist deep. At 4:40 a.m. the Gordon sank. All on board were drowned, excepting fireman Smith and two brothers named Heather, who were picked up by the tug Seymour. It is expected that the tug Seymour will arrive here this afternoon.

Grand Haven, Mich., Nov. 18th - The worst gale of the season has been blowing from the southwest since midnight. It is now travelling at the rate of 40 miles an hour. The prop. Gen. Payne from Chicago struck on the Bar and went to pieces inside of half an hour. The schrs. Holmes and Margaret Dall, light; Maple Leaf, loaded with lumber; scow Rose and barge C O D went on the beach, the Maple Leaf going to pieces. No lives lost. The schooner Howlet is anchored a mile outside with her foresail gone.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1879