Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1908
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p.5 Pith of the News - Four men were cooked to death in the engine room of the barge Maggie Marshall, of Manistee, Mich., at a point in mid lake, thirty miles east of Kenosha, on Monday night.


Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 21st - Storm tossed on the shallow waters off Grand View beach, near Charlotte, the two-masted schooner Mary Ann Lydon of Kingston, is in imminent danger of being pounded to a worthless hulk. Thomas Watson, twenty-eight years old, from Toronto, is in the city hospital here with an injury to his back, sustained while the buffeted ship was trying to make Charlotte harbor. Watson's injury may be a fracture of the pelvis. An X-ray picture will be taken at the hospital to determine the trouble.

The Lydon ran aground Tuesday morning. A heavy north-west gale was sweeping the lake, but the vessel weathered the storm until midnight. The lookout then made out what he thought were the Charlotte lights. It was seen that they had overrun the harbor and preparations were made to put about. Watson was one of the crew to answer the cry of "all hands on deck." When the forward boom swung around as the craft answered her helm it struck Watson in the back, knocking him to the deck. A moment later the schooner was on the rocks. Distress rockets called the life-saving crew from Charlotte. The ship appeared to be in a position to live out the gale, which was fast diminishing, and Watson was the only man taken ashore. Unless another storm rises she probably can be saved. The Mary Ann Lydon has been in the freight business on Lake Ontario for many years. This was to have been her first trip into Charlotte in a long time. Matthew Patterson, Kingston, is captain of the vessel, which carries a crew of seven men. Smoke from the forest fires in the Adirondack mountains hangs heavily over the lake and may have had something to do with the accident.


The schooner Tradewind cleared today for Oswego.

The government dredge Sir Richard resumed work in the harbor this morning.

The steamer Argyle will clear for Toronto where she will be put in shape for next season.

The steamer Edmonton arrived at the M.T. Co.'s elevator from Fort William, and discharged a cargo of 86,000 bushels of barley and wheat, and cleared for Fort William.

The steamer Aletha was down from bay points today at Swif'ts; the schooner Keewatin, due from Oswego with coal; schooner Cornelia due from Sodus with coal.

The schooner Katie Eccles is reported aground at the Brothers, and the steamer Donnelly was called to the scene. The vessel cleared from the M.T. Co's elevator yesterday morning for South Bay.

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21 Oct 1908
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1908