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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1881

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A Number of Vessels Sustain Accidents Today.

Danger Of East Pier.

Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 26th - About nine o'clock last night a fleet of ten schooners arrived off port and came bowling into the harbor all together. There were only two tugs on duty and it was impossible to catch all of them. The first mishap was a collision between the schr. Jennie White and Annandale. The White was bound for the canal from Ogdensburg. She got about 70 miles up the lake. The fury of the gale compelled her to look for shelter. When the vessel arrived off the harbor the tugs were busy and she came dashing up the river alone. When abreast of the Northern Transportation dock she was obliged to sheer in to avoid running aground, and crashed into the schr. Annandale, which was lying at the salt dock with a load of sand. She struck the Annandale amidships, tearing away the starboard main rigging of the latter and staving in twelve of her stanchions. The White lost her jib boom, bow sprit and all the head gear. The Forest Queen attempted to make the harbor. The Captain was misled by the lights and was driven on the new east breakwater. She struck heavily on her starboard bows and commenced to fill. The tug Wheeler got a line to her and towed her inside, but before she could get her to the dock she sank in about twelve feet of water nearly opposite the marine elevator. She was consigned to Smith, Murdock and Co., and had a cargo of 12,000 bushels of barley which will be lightened into a canal boat. Two other schooners, lumber laden, to avoid collision with the pier were obliged to come close together and entered the harbor, one with her forepeak fouled in the forerigging of the other. The schooner Bullock also struck the pier but was not materially damaged, however.



The yacht Atalanta has reached a point near West Troy.

The steamer Spartan passed up last evening for Hamilton and the steamer Corinthian went down this morning.

The schr. Grantham has arrived at Collinsby with timber from Cleveland. The schooner lost three jibs on Lake Michigan on the night the prop. Columbia was lost off Frankfort, Mich. She was abreast of Milwaukee at the time and had to run back to the foot of the lake.

Are the buoys properly placed in the St. Lawrence River? is a question that agitates mariners. Two accidents have already occurred, the first being undoubtedly caused by the absence of a buoy, and the second that to the prop. Dromedary - probably on account of a similar circumstance.

Captain Gormley, of the schooner Hyderabad, expected to get a load of barley at Toronto for Chicago, but it is not to be had. He says he had an offer of a load of wheat to Oswego at 2 1/4 cents, but that did not meet his views. He got away to go to the Bay of Quinte to load barley for Milwaukee at 9 1/2 cents. He intends to go to Chicago and lay up for the winter.

Accident To A Propeller.

It is reported that the prop. Dromedary, which passed down the river this morning with flour for Montreal, is sunk in the Narrows below Gananoque. She struck a rock and now lies in 8 feet of water. The str. Watertown, with steam pumps, has gone to the rescue. Capt. Donnelly is the wrecker. Whether the cargo is much damaged we cannot state.

Later - This afternoon, Capt. Burrows, of the Dromedary, arrived in the city by buggy, having driven from Gananoque for the purpose of securing the necessary wrecking apparatus. He told a Whig reporter that this morning the propeller struck about three miles from Gananoque. She at once began to fill and it was found advisable to run her aground. She went on a soft muddy beach. There are seven feet of water forward and about nine feet aft. What damage she has sustained the captain could not state. The pumps were started but when he left the propeller there were two feet of water in the hold. He says the shoal - the side of which he struck - was not buoyed. The water is remarkably low; in fact so low that he could hardly wood up at Gananoque. The boat was laden with flour from St. Catharines for Montreal. She carried 3,000 barrels, and will have to be lightened and her bottom afterwards repaired. This is the Dromedary's first accident this season. She is owned in Hamilton by Messrs. Burrows & Cranshaw. The captain is part owner. The steamer Watertown went to the rescue this afternoon. Several years ago the propeller met a similar accident near Brockville.

Operating On The Traveller - An erroneous impression has prevailed in connection with the value of the Traveller, sunk in Lake St. Louis, some damage as the result of a collision with the Royal Mail steamer Passport. The tug is reported to be worth $10,000, but Lloyds estimates it at $17,800, and the latter is certainly the correct figure. Last night the Chieftain arrived at Garden Island to obtain the needful appliances for raising the immersed and badly damaged craft. She will leave today for Lachine, accompanied by the tug William Johnston, a light draft boat equipped with hoisting apparatus which will be very useful in the raising of the Traveller. Two vessels, half laden with timber to give them steadiness, the Bavaria now lying at Garden Island and the Prussia at Montreal, will be pressed into this special service, being placed on each side and so provided with tackling and supports that the tug can be righted and buoyed up by them until shallow water is reached. Capt. Donnelly's plans will most likely succeed.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1881