The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1879

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p.2 Collision - The str. Corinthian, which left for Toronto last evening, collided about midnight with the schooner Benedict, bound down with wheat for Kingston. Fortunately they did not meet squarely on, and both were enabled to pass on without assistance. The Benedict has arrived with only a broken sail.

p.3 The Kitty Friel - An Ottawa paper says the crew of the Kitty Friel, the steamer which was burned on Monday last, arrived there on Wednesday evening by the Olive. They give a shocking account of the burning of the Kitty. It appears that on Monday at 2:15 p.m. she caught fire in the hold, and being loaded with dry lumber she burned very fast. From the time the fire started she steamed four miles, the engineer not being able to get to the engine to stop its movements. She was then run aground so as to allow the crew to escape with their lives. The greater part of their clothing was lost. So great was the heat that the whistles were melted off, allowing the steam to escape from the boiler. This, along with the roar of the flames, could be heard at Merrickville, a distance of five miles. The steamer was completely burned, nothing being visible but the smoke stack.

Wind Wafts - The yacht Mayflower, stolen from the Camp Ground, was taken to a Canadian port, and was sold for $5. The thief went west, the yacht was remodelled and repaired, and now the owners in Watertown can't find the thief or the craft.

The schr. L.S. Hammond recently made the run from Cape Vincent (via Oswego for a cargo of coal) to Milwaukee in 11 1/2 days.

Death of Mrs. Bowen - widow of the late Capt. Bowen; died at Colborne.

Contract for Public Works - A contract has just been let by the Government for widening the well-known and dangerously narrow channel in the Gallops Rapids on the St. Lawrence. Owing to the presence of submarine rocks the slightest swerving on the part of a vessel would cause her destruction. It is proposed to remove 39,000 cubic yards of this rock by blasting, as such removal will enable powerful vessels to pass down the rapids in safety but also to force their way.

A Heavy Fleet - The Welland Canal officials are kept busy by the lively trade which is being carried on on the lakes. Yesterday the following crafts passed through the canal bound for Kingston: Schrs. D.G. Fort, Chicago, wheat; Trinidad, Chicago, wheat; L. Seaton, Detroit, wheat; Hartford, Milwaukee, wheat; Blazing Star, Toledo, wheat; Persia, Toledo, wheat; Ontario, Toledo, wheat; Fellowcraft, Toledo, corn.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1879