Lake Disasters and Life Boat Stations
The season now rapidly passing away has been unusually prolific of disaster on the lakes. Scarcely a day has passed for a couple of weeks without its reported disaster to some vessel engaged in the lake trade, sometimes accompanied with loss of life; sometimes, fortunately, free from such calamity. These dangers to the shipping community seem to be on the increase, whether the result of greater recklessness in captains or not, we cannot say. The facts remain, however. Elsewhere we endorse a suggestion made by the Mail in reference to Government supervision in the case of officers of steamboats and other craft carrying passengers. But there is another point which deserves the attention of the Government. It is a notorious fact that notwithstanding the large number of men who earn their livelihood on the water, and the immense value of the shipping, the provision for the saving of life in case of wreck is very limited. It would be a wise policy on the part of the Government to establish life boat stations at the more exposed portions of the lakes, so that in the event of vessels going ashore there may be a chance to rescue the crews when they are in danger. We are not aware of anything of this kind existing on the Canadian shores of the great lakes, although life boat stations are sufficiently numerous on the American side. The subject is well worthy of the closest attention of the Government, and we hope that some member will introduce the subject at the next session of Parliament.
The Steamer Waubuno - The Vessel and Crew Lost - All Hopes Given Up - some wreckage found; tug Mary Ann searching and returns to Collingwood.
p.3 Killed - steamer Ocean towing schr. Augusta, both with grain; sailor Barber Fitzgerald struck on head with pulley block, dies, from Kingston. [Globe]
Customs Imports - Schr. Riverside, Oswego, James Swift, 515 tons coal.
Marine News - Port Colborne, Nov. 27th - Up - nothing.
Down - J.R. Noyes, Detroit, Oswego, wheat.