The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1882

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A Total Destruction.

The propeller Dromedary has been burned at Hamilton. The fire occurred shortly after midnight and was so far advanced before the crew were awakened to be checked; they merely saved a few personal effects. She drifted into the harbor and settling on a sand bar burned to the water's edge. She has been three times sunk, and has not had a lucky life by any means. She was owned by Wm. Crankshaw and her Captain, John C. Burrows. They valued her at $16,000 and held an insurance of $10,000; $7,000 in the Western and $3,000 in the Canadian Mutual. She was built at Port Dalhousie in 1868, was 359 tons measurement and classified as A 2 1/2. Her hull is so completely destroyed as to be of no use. The engine lamp is supposed to have exploded. Eight men and two women were on board, and lost nearly all their clothing. Captain Burrows lost over $200 cash in his cabin. The Dromedary arrived, had discharged a general cargo, and was to take on a load of grain for Buffalo. Mr. Francis Gardiner of this city was mate of the unfortunate steamer.



The schr. Jessie Scarth is loading iron ore for Fairhaven.

The schr. Henry Folger brings coal from Black River to Brockville at $1.20 per ton.

The schr. Polly M. Rogers is at Cape Vincent. She was not ashore at Green Bay but a vessel of a similar name.

A supplement to the Inland Lloyds Register has rated the schr. Forest Queen B-1, tonnage 137, value $2,700. The barge Canada is rated A-2 1/2; valued at $5,000.

Purser McCrea, of the wrecked steamer Picton, was drowned near Rondeau on Friday. One of the crew of the wrecked steamer is now in this city. He lost $200 by the accident.

The steamers Olive and Ontario, on Rideau, have made their last trips. The former lies up at Smith's Falls, the latter at Oliver's Ferry. The owners of both steamers have made money this season.

On Saturday the tug Conqueror pulled off the prop. Georgian ashore at Club Island, Georgian Bay. Her hull is apparently little damaged, and a portion of the cargo is in fair condition. The Georgian will be docked and a thorough examination of her condition made at Owen Sound.

The Murray Canal is now being dug across the road from Trenton to the Carrying Place. Quite a piece of the canal south of the road is flooded. The woods being pretty well cleared from shore to shore, one standing on the Carrying Place road can see the whole canal as it is to be.

The steamer D.C. West has laid up at Swift's wharf. A correspondent on the canal says her genial and obliging Captain, Dan Noonan, didn't have any particular fault to find with the mate Jim Smith, but for fear he might leave him in the "lurch" some time, he concluded to make a sure thing of it, so about two weeks ago he shipped a mate for life.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1882