The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1879

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p.2 Toronto - The str. Rothesay was delayed at Niagara yesterday on account of a broke shaft. She arrived in the city today for repairs.

ad - Come One, Come All - excursion on str. Hastings.

ad - For the Campground - on str. Princess Louise.

p.3 Mail Line - The Globe announces that during the approaching winter three of the Royal Mail steamers, plying between Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton, will be cut in two and lengthened 60 feet. They will then go east only as far as Prescott, their passengers and freight being transferred to river boats, which will ply between that port and Montreal.

Excursion - on str. J.H. Kelly from Alexandria Bay.

Taken Off - Last evening the steamer Chieftain and wrecking party and apparatus returned to Garden Island, having been successful in relieving the propeller Lake Michigan, which had gone ashore the day previously in the Gallops Rapids.

To Charlotte - on steamers Magnet and Hastings for races.

Wind Wafts - Messrs. Rathbun & Sons, of Mill Point, have launched a new steamer for trading upon the Bay of Quinte. She has been christened the Deseronto.


The collision between the propeller Persia and a vessel off Presque Isle was the cause of much discussion by mariners and others yesterday; and the interest in the event was increased between five and six o'clock as a schooner passed down the lake for Garden Island, wanting head gear and totally disabled. The officers of the Persia, on Swift's wharf, at once concluded that this vessel was the one which struck the propeller, and so the purser and two or three others, who were passengers by the Persia, engaged the tug Franklin to make a special trip to the Island to interview the owners. It turned out that the schr. Bismarck (owned by Malone & Co.) was the unfortunate vessel. Her bowsprit, jibboom, bobstays, and head gear were all carried away, the stem badly shattered, and the craft badly opened out forward. Capt. Milligan made his statement, charging the officer in charge of the deck on the propeller with gross carelessness. He alleges that had this officer used the least effort the collision would have been avoided. Capt. Milligan says the crew of the Bismarck yelled with all their might to the propeller, but that there was no slacking of speed on the latter. The vessel was on her port tack, with lights burning brightly, and after the collision she made every effort to get to the propeller, not knowing the amount of damage sustained, but for a time she was unmanageable, and nothing couldbe done until the damaged timber and rigging were cut away. This took some time. Meanwhile the propeller showed her torch light, and steamed down the lake, leaving the Bismarck in as helpless a condition as could well be managed. Thus the vessel men contend that the responsibility and consequences of the accident should not rest upon them. They inform us that instead of being anxious to escape detection, they endeavored to reach the propeller, but failed to do so.

The Bismarck was light, bound up. The Persia was laden with flour, bound for Montreal. It was transhipped and forwarded by barge to its destination. The schooner is damaged to the extent of probably $500. The injury to the propeller amounts to $1,500. He was to have left this morning for St. Catharines, but was detained. Most of her passengers left for Montreal by the City of St. Catharines, but a few will return home by the wrecked boat.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1879