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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1879

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p.2 Collingwood - The str. City of Owen Sound, of the Collingwood and Lake Superior Royal Mail Line, arrived down light from Duluth early on Tuesday night, making the quickest trip of the season.

p.3 The Persia Collision - A passenger by the propeller Persia, writing to the St. Catharines Journal, recounts the particulars of the late collision with the schr. Bismarck, alleging that early in the evening his attention had been called to the form of a vessel in the distance, which was not carrying lights, and further contending that when the accident occurred he took particular notice of the vessel, and his first experience of her in this respect was verified. Verily there will be some strong evidence when the case comes to be heard.

Unfortunate Mishap.

Last evening we reported that the propeller City of St. Catharines had sunk, as the result of striking a rock when wide of her course. The Witness says the City of St. Catharines, 420 tons burden, Captain John Irvine, belonged to the Merchant's Line, and ran aground in Lake St. Louis at half past ten o'clock on Monday night, on her way to Chicago, having left Montreal at seven o'clock in the evening. She had on board a full cargo of railway iron for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was en route for (one line unreadable) and the vessel diverged from her course about forty yards, going at the rate of seven miles an hour, when she struck on a rock, staving a large hole in her bottom. She sank in five minutes, and at the present lies with seven feet of water at the bow and fifteen at the stern. Steps were taken to have the boat examined by divers, and means were taken to float her with all possible speed. The cargo will be saved. Both it and the vessel are fully insured. She was in charge of the river pilot at the time, and no one so far as can be ascertained is to blame. Although being newly built, and the present her first trip to Montreal, the accident is held to be peculiarly unfortunate.

Wind Wafts - The propeller Kincardine is undergoing repairs in Ogdensburg. An excursion from Belleville, announced on her today, has had to be abandoned.

The schr. Bismarck made her last run from Garden Island to Port Dalhousie in fourteen hours.

The Kitty Friel (steam barge) may, by her burning at Merrickville, be considered a complete loss.

The prop. Lake Ontario is running on the Persia's route until the latter is repaired.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1879