Cockbum Island, ON (Lake Huron) Barge CELTIC Lost, Dec 1902



J. M. Spence, one of the owners of the steamer Runnels and barge Celtic, arrived in the city last night. He has given up all hope that the Celtic might have escaped the storm and sought shelter in some of the bays on Lake Huron, and this opinion is generally shared in marine circles. Capt. Wash. Harrow, of the tug Favorite, a friend of Capt. JEFFREY, of the Celtic, thinks there is yet hope for the barge. He says that Capt. JEFFREY is one of the best known mariners on the lakes and knows all the ins and outs of the Huron shore. Unless the boat foundered and went down when she broke loose from the steamer he thinks it possible she may yet be saved. As to the Celtic the Detroit Free Press says:
"No tidings were received yesterday of the fate of the little schooner Celtic, sailed by Capt. HENRY J. JEFFREY, of this city. All day long his wife anxiously paced the floor of their little home on Bowen Avenue, and at times she became nearly frantic with grief and worry."
Capt. JEFFREY, who has sailed the lakes ever since he was a boy, has been on the Celtic this one season. Before that he sailed the Coatswaite and at one time was part owner as well as master of the schooner Canton.
The hope of his escaping from the schooner is slight, according to those who know the boat. She carried no canvas and when dropped by the steamer Runnells was as helpless as a log.
Capt. JEFFREY came from St. Catherines, Ont. He has a brother in Windsor and his mother lives in Leamington. He was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 6, Palestine Lodge, F. & A. M.
and the Shipmasters' Association.
The Celtic's crew consisted of eight men and a woman stewardess.

Daily News Record Sault Ste. Marie Michigan 1902-12-04