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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1882

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p.2 A Verdict For Plaintiff - The case of Roche vs Charleson was continued at Toronto. This was an action to recover demurrage for three days delay at the rate of $80 a day, and a further sum of $80 for loss of freight. The plaintiff a timber merchant of Quebec chartered the George Thurston to the defendant to carry two cargoes of timber from Toledo to Garden Island at $80 per M. This was in 1881. The cargo was delivered all right, the second cargo was not right, and it was given in evidence that the delay of three days in loading at Toledo was owing to the defendant not having the timber ready to load, and that some of the timber could not be loaded as it was too long. The defence was that the crew of the Thurston were French Canadians, not used to loading timber, and the delay occurred through them; and further, that the Thurston was not adapted to carrying timber. The jury returned a verdict for plaintiff for $120

Another Marine Disaster - Owen Sound, May 19th - About 11 o'clock a.m., on the morning of Thursday, 18th inst., while off Shoal Point, about 4 miles from Manitouwaning, the steamer Manitoba took fire and was completely destroyed. While trying to lower one of the boats the crew crowded into her. The davits broke under the pressure, capsizing the boat and throwing the people into the water whereby Mr. Robert Henry, of Mudge Bay, and a little girl name as yet unknown, were drowned. The mate, Mr. Johnston, leaves for the burned vessel immediately.

Fire At Port Hope - lumber and pier burned; help of steam pumps on tugs and str. Norseman.

p.3 Water Rising - D.D. Calvin was wrong about Galops rapids.


The schr. Cornelia has discharged her coal and loads ore for Big Sodus.

The schr. Emerald is taking on a cargo of iron rails for Chicago at p.t.

The tug McArthur passed Kingston last night with a raft from Hamilton for Prescott.

The schr. A.G. Ryan loads rye at 2 cents; and the schr. A.M. Foster oats on p.t for Oswego.

The rate on ore from Kingston to Fairhaven, Charlotte or Big Sodus is from 55 to 40 cents per ton.

The St. Lawrence Steamboat Company's line to Cape St. Vincent will begin running on 1st June.

The schr. Ariadne and steamer Enterprize are loading ties, and the schr. Olivia telegraph poles for Charlotte.

The steamer Alexandria has been chartered to transport the Sixth Fusiliers to Cornwall, Ont., on the Queen's Birthday.

The steamer J.F. Maynard is being fitted out at Clayton. She will make a trip to Kingston from that village on the 24th.

The Richelieu Company's steamers Corinthian and Passport are undergoing extensive repairs at the Wellington Basin, Montreal.

The schr. Florence Howard, which was out in the last gale with a cargo of wheat, has delivered her cargo at Deseronto in good condition.

The Caughnawaga Indian raft pilots are asking for an increase of $2 each for running the rapids. Each raft requires between fifty and seventy pilots.

On the 22nd July, 1881, schr. Augusta arrived at Collinsby with 14,000 feet of oak timber. Only today was the fact reported to the Collector at this port.

Capt. Wellbanks has sold his interest in the schr. J.N. Carter and purchased a farm from John Williams of Hallowell. He will hereafter devote himself to tilling the soil.

A special supplement to the Inland Lloyd's vessel register, confined exclusively to Canadian craft, has just been issued. The ratings are as follows: Propeller Acadia, A 1 1/2; propeller Europe, A 2 1/2; Flora Emma, A 2 1/2; Erie Queen, A 2; Great Western, B 1; Mary Ann Lydon, A 2 1/2; Marquis (formerly T. Butler) B 1; Mary Merritt, B 1; New Dominion, B 1 1/2 - for lumber only; Parthenon, A 2 1/2; Ida Walker, A 2 1/2.


Schr. Annie Falconer, Whitby, 12,300 bu. wheat.

Prop. Africa, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Augusta, Collinsby, oak timber.

Schr. Julia, Fairhaven, 226 tons coal.

Schr. Trader, Fairhaven, light.

Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - The annual meeting of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club of Belleville has been held with the following election of officers:

Commodore - R.J. Bell, (Norah).

Vice-Commodore - W.H. Campbell, (Katie Gray).

Captain - R.M. Roy, (Gracie).

Secretary - R.S. Bell, re-elected.

Treasurer - Wm. Pike, (Sylvia) re-elected.

Measurers - Jos. D. Clark and Geo. N. Leayehs.

The new Commodore is the youngest yet appointed, but he is filled with energy. Mr. Philip Bajus, of Kingston, was elected a member of the Club. At the regatta the yacht Emma, of this city, will be on hand to again compete for the Club's flag and the championship of the Bay, which she now holds.

A Painful Accident - An accident of a painful character happened in Toronto yesterday to William Butler, a sailor on the schr. Swallow. He was engaged in unloading a cargo of Kingston stone, the blocks being square and very heavy. He had lifted a block of the stone and threw it on the wharf. It fell on a pile of smaller ones; the corner of the pile becoming dislodged rolled into the schooner and knocked Butler over the hatchway, the large block pinioning him to the combings which border the hatchway, while his head rested on the bar that holds up the covers in the centre of it. The right leg was broken in two places, between the ankle and the knee, and there was another wound in the limb, through which a piece of bone penetrated. Butler is suffering great pain.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1882