The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1879

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p.2 Aground - The Merchants Line of steamers, or better known as the Red Top Line, are this summer subjects of many mishaps. First the Persia, then the City of St. Catharines, and today, about 3 p.m., the propeller Celtic. It ran on the shoal off the Shoal Tower. The tugs Active and Lady Franklin were called to her assistance, and after a few moment's work she was hauled off. She was loaded with grain for the Montreal Transportation Company.

p.3 River Rates - It presages the entry or promise of good times when the river rates are advanced by the Forwarding Companies. The tariff now is 2 3/4 cents per bushel for corn; 3 cents per bushel for wheat. We hope the business will be all it is expected to be.

The Geneva's Speed - Geneva, Capt. Miller, beats Wanderer.

The Late Collision.

Yesterday afternoon the schooner E.G. Benedict, of Long Point, arrived here and reported that the steamer Corinthian, belonging to the Ontario & Richelieu Navigation Company, had collided with her about 10 o'clock on Thursday evening. The E.G. Benedict was bound for Kingston from Detroit, and was heavily laden with No. 1 white wheat. She had a cargo of over 10,000 bushels. At the time of the collision the schooner was on the starboard tack, and Captain Webster says it was the duty of the captain of the steamer to keep clear of her track. Lights were burning brilliantly on both boats, although the night was a little dark and murky. The steamer struck the schooner aft and injured her considerably. One corner of the cabin is well shivered by the blow. Her stern is also much damaged. The Captain of the Benedict was very reticent when interviewed and gave very little information. If the steamer had struck the vessel amidships she would undoubtedly have been sunk. This is the second accident of a similar nature that has occurred in a few days.

Wind Wafts - The propeller Persia will take her place on the St. Catharines and Montreal route on Tuesday next. The damaged parts of her are being quickly repaired.

The Emma, formerly of Kingston, (that is the old Emma) has been purchased by Mr. Dorland of Adolphustown, and has been cut down by Stanton, of Picton, to a pleasure rig.

The steamer Chieftain succeeded in relieving and raising the prop. City of St. Catharines, which sunk in Lake St. Louis some days ago. The injured boat has been taken to Montreal to receive repairing.

The Florence Howard has been removed from Picton harbor.

A Heavy Gale - catches Maud with excursionists at Thousand Island Park.

Vessel Arrivals.

There has been a perfect crowding of vessels into this port during the past three days. The following are the grain laden crafts, the Captains of which have reported their arrival between Thursday evening and this morning: D.G. Fort, Chicago, 22,400 bushels wheat; Oliver Mowat, Toledo, 15,000 bushels corn; Dundee, Port Dalhousie, 16,120 bushels corn; E.G. Benedict, Detroit, 10,845 bushels wheat; St. Louis, Toledo, 19,000 bushels wheat; L. Seaton, Detroit, 15,000 bushels wheat; Antelope, Chicago, 22,000 bushels wheat; Ontario, Toledo, 13,218 bush wheat; Cecelia, Toledo, 20,168 bush wheat; Fellowcraft, Toledo, 14,900 bush wheat; Blazing Star, Toledo, 19,000 bushels wheat; Hoboken, Chicago, 18,100 bush wheat; Jamaica, Milwaukee, 18,000 bushels wheat; Anglo Saxon, Toledo, 17,800 bushels wheat; G.C. Finney, Milwaukee, 20,200 bush wheat; E. McVea, Chicago, 19,000 bush corn; Lady Macdonald, Toledo, 17,300 bush wheat; Northman, Chicago, 24,448 bush wheat; J. Bentley, Port Dalhousie, 22,669 bush wheat; Hartford, Milwaukee, 18,000 bushels wheat; John Magee, Chicago, 20,983 bushels wheat; Trinidad, Chicago, 20,393 bushels wheat.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1879