The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1880

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p.2 Montreal - str. Passport sunk in basin at entrance to Lachine canal.



The wind was very rough today, the wind from the south blowing strongly.

The Pierrepont had to anchor at the Queen's wharf, the wind blowing too strong to permit her reaching her own dock.

The sch. David Andrews has been abandoned by the owners, and it is thought her cargo will be sold to the hightest bidder.

The Maud went to the Cape this afternoon. She rode the stormy water splendidly. About 100 persons were on the dock to witness her departure.

We have been informed that the sch. Jas. Norris, loaded with ice, from Brockville, has gone ashore near Niagara. It was also reported that she had waterlogged.

The sch. North Star of Whitby, with 10,000 bushels of peas, and the sch. Lewis Ross of Port Hope, with 12,700 bushels of peas, have arrived at Portsmouth for the St. Lawrence Forwarding Co.

Mr. David Tait, with a number of men are busily engaged in remodelling a little steamer intended to run between Milford and Kingston. She was cut in two and 14' added to the centre, and will be about 56' over all. She will be ready about the 1st of May.

Presque Isle captains complain that the wreck of the sch. Trenton obstructs the entrance to their harbour, and is not properly buoyed out. Her decks have floated and her cargo of stone can be seen. Authorities say it would be easy to throw it out and she would at once float.

A Port Colborne Despatch says: The northwest gale of this morning drove the sch. Erie Queen from the head of the lake back here. She lost her fore-gaff. The sch. M.J. Wilcox, bound up, ran in here for shelter. The sch. Pandora, that left for Sandusky yesterday, had to run back here.

The str. Passport belonging to the Ontario and Richelieu Nav. Co., sank this morning at her mooring at Lachine. Up to the time of going to press we have not ascertained the cause of the disaster. The Passport was one of the oldest steamers of the line. This afternoon the steam pumps were being got ready at Garden Island, and a boat will leave here for her rescue tonight.

A permit has been granted to the Canadian tugs of Messrs. Calvin & Co., Garden Island, by the Collector at Oswego, to take off the sch. Marquis now ashore at Sodus. The concession has been allowed in consideration of a similar privelege having been granted to an American tug, aground on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. The tug Hiram Calvin left Oswego this morning for the scene of the accident, and will probably have her off today.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1880