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

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p.2 The Belleville Regatta - Emma third in second class race; third class race details.

p.3 An Unlucky Steamer - A serious accident happened to the engine of the steamer City of Toronto as she was starting on her second trip to Niagara about three o'clock on Saturday afternoon with several hundred passengers on board, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The steamer had backed out from Younge Street wharf, the captain rang the bell ordering the engine to start forward. After ten or twelve revolutions of the wheels, the captain rang the bell to give her more steam. The captain heard a click, the next moment there was a crash and all was over. It was found that the strap uniting the connecting rod with the crank had broken and that the other end flying back suddenly, had disconnected the engine, twisted the piston, and knocked the crosshead, which is of cast iron, into pieces, starting the stays at the top of the beam and bending them out of position. A large piece of the crosshead fell on the deck and made a small hole in it, but did not go through. Captain Milloy signalled a tug and sent the passengers ashore, after which the steamer was towed to Tinning's wharf, where she now lies. The accident has caused the steamer to be laid up for the season. The damage to the machinery is estimated at $1,000. It is only a short time since the new boat ran aground near Toronto and sustained injuries to the extent of several thousand dollars.


Truly it makes a vast difference whose ox is gored. The Syracuse Standard, in a very indignant spirit, breathes forth maledictions on the Canadian Government for its rule prohibiting American vessels or tugs from assisting vessels in distress or in danger of being wrecked on the Canadian coast. The Canadian order is pronounced a disgrace and an outrage in a civilized land, as well as a contemptible attempt at monopoly. We are rejoiced to find that the United States journalists, one and all, are viewing the recent customs amenities in the same light as the Standard. It will enable them to see themselves as Canadians were forced to see them a few seasons ago, and this will point out to them how 'outrageous' and 'disgraceful' the United States Government was to initiate such a wanton act of 'contemptible monopoly.' If the journalists will brush up in American history a trifle they will learn that the customs authorities on the south side inaugurated the Chinese wall system a few years ago. The Canadian authorities and tug owners stood the order patiently for a time, indeed until the tugs were seized. Then they remonstrated and finally appealed to Washington for the removal of the unjust and obnoxious order - with no effect. At length the Canadian Government boldly put in force a similar order, and as it is within its power to do United States commerce more injury than it has been receiving, a loud complaint arises from the sufferers. But as they made the fire, they surely ought to dance manfully from the spit. We can, at least, comfortably enjoy their squirming, and keep up a bold front.

Barge Sunk - This morning information was received that the steam barge Albion had been sunk near the lighthouse in Lake St. Louis. She struck the lighthouse anchor tearing a hole in the bottom and filling with water. She was loaded with corn from Toledo to Montreal for Lord, Magor and & Munn of Montreal. Three thousand bushels of corn was saved. She now lies in eleven feet of water. The vessel is owned by Munn Bros. of Port Dalhousie. The damage is considerable. The owners of the corn will be heavy losers by the accident, the corn having advanced from five to seven cents per bushel. Their profit on the cargo would have been considerable, but now they only receive the insurance on the value of the cargo when shipped.

The Belleville Race - yachts.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1879