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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1883

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p.1 World's Talk - another body of victim of Asia disaster found on Squaw Island by Collingwood fishermen.



Work on the Tay Canal will commence in a week.

The schr. S. Neelon has cleared light for the canal.

The schr. G.M. Neelon arrived at Garden Island this morning with timber.

The Chieftain left her tow at Port Dalhousie and proceeded to Hamilton for a raft.

In the squall last evening the schr. Samana was struck off Long Point and her main boom carried away.

The arrivals at Garden Island are the schrs. Oriental, Denmark and G.M. Neelon, timber laden from Toledo.

Capt. Courson, formerly of the schr. Nellie Sherwood, has taken command of the schr. Annie M. Foster.

The tug Frank Perew clears this evening with two barges for Belleville. They will be loaded with corn from Chicago via the Midland R.R.

The barge Huron, belonging to the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company, carried to Brockville 977 tons of coal gross or 1,094 1/2 tons net. She had over 150 tons on deck.

The black clouds which passed over Kingston about 8 o'clock last evening were seen by Captains off Long Point about 7:30 o'clock. As Long Point is over 30 miles from the city the speed at which the squall travelled can be fairly estimated.

The arrivals at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf are: schr. E.H. Rutherford, Toronto, 19,500 bush. wheat; prop. Lake Ontario, Toledo, 5,700 bush. corn; schr. Typo, Milwaukee, 22,450 bush. wheat; schr. G.G. Houghton, Milwaukee, 22,550 bush. corn; schr. D.G. Fort, Chicago, 23,355 bush. corn; schr. Samana, Chicago, 19,265 bush. corn; schr. J.H. Mead, Milwaukee, 27,900 bush. corn.

Vessel Ran Ashore.

Yesterday in a fog, the schr. Anglo-Saxon timber laden from Toledo to Garden Island, ran ashore near South Bay Point. Calvin & Son sent up relief today.

The str. Hiram, with the Oriental in tow as a lighter, will go to the assistance of the schr. Anglo-Saxon this evening. It is feared that her bottom will be badly chafed, as she went ashore on a very rocky place.

Corner In Kindling Wood.

It is said that the Rathbuns have a corner in kindling wood. Hoppins & Chadwick feel merry in consequence and have dropped freights from $1 to 85 cents from Trenton. They endeavoured to secure the steam barge Anglin to freight several thousand cords at 90 cents. Captain Hurley don't want any more of it, even at $1 per cord, as it does not pay. The probability is that this freight will go up to $1.50. The corner will not pan out well at these figures.

A Much Mixed Up Case.

The canal schooner Camanche is now being fitted out by her old owners, Albert Quonce, Capt. Becker and others, of Oswego. The vessel has been placed in their possession by an order of the court on their giving bonds in $10,000 to render a proper accounting of her doings and deliver her to whom may be declared her legal owners. The Camanche has been tied up at Buffalo since the spring of last year. She was sunk in the Welland Canal in the fall of 1881 corn-laden, and, after much delay, was brought there badly damaged. Her owners abandoned her to the underwriters, who caused her to be repaired. The latter claimed that the abandonment would not hold good, and the question was brought before the court and decided against the owners, and they have appealed, the matter being still in abeyance.

Capt. Taylor's Yachting Exploit.

Yesterday fears were entertained regarding the safety of Capt. W.R. Taylor, Marine Inspector, who on Sunday afternoon started on the yacht George Frederick for the Main Ducks. These fears were dispelled about eight o'clock last evening when the old tar's voice was heard on Ontario street. He was found "wetter than a drowned rat," but in fine spirits after a two days' rough sailing. He reports that after leaving the harbor on Sunday, and while the yacht was going speedily along, a fog set in. There was no compass on board, and the Inspector did his best to guide the craft. He got his eye on the North Star and stayed by her until the fog lifted. Then there was no alternative but to "heave too," and so on the "bounding waves" the Captain and crew spent the night. Towards morning they saw lights and learned that they were near Pigeon Island. Another start was made, and in due time and a rough trip the Ducks were reached. The Captain saw the man who had charge of the jettisoned portion of the cargo of the prop. City of Montreal. There were 483 barrels of flour and 60 barrels of whiskey. The stuff was being transferred from one side of the Island to another for reshipment. One team of horses, (the only team on the Island) was engaged in the work. Without a watch the Captain and crew of the George Frederick started for Kingston. The Captain steered for a lump of land which he thought was Nine Mile Point, but which turned out to be Amherst Island. A change of course had to be made in the trough of the sea, now rolling high. The craft made several tremendous plunges, went far over, but quickly righted. When off the Knitting Mill a great black cloud was seen sweeping over the lake. With all haste the canvass was lowered and everything made ready for the squall. By and by it swept past. Nothing could be seen but foam. The sight on the water was a grand one. The yacht stood the blow, proved a splendid sea boat, and finally ran into her moorings. Of course she shipped considerable water. Capt. Taylor, who will not soon forget his adventure, when a reporter called this morning to see him, was in good humor and was quite witty in relating his cruise upon the George Frederick.

Here and There - We hope our readers understand the quarrel of the Barriefield boat builders. We must confess that we do not.

The yacht George Frederick, upon which Capt. Taylor had such an adventure, is 32 feet keel, 8 feet beam, and draws 6 feet of water. She went out poorly rigged, without a pump, compass, and windows in her cabin. Capt. Taylor does not want any more experience in yachting.

The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company's strs. on the daily route will be the Corsican, Algerian, Corinthian and Passport. This line will run up and down through the American Channel three times a week, and three times a week through the Canadian Channel, passing through the Thousand Islands each trip.

Jacob Sharman, Barriefield, writes in reply to J. Knapp & Son, that he does not cover or obliterate a builder's name on a boat, nor have one returned five times for leaking, that his credit and reputation are at a premium with those who know him, always selling a dollar's worth for a dollar. There are other parts of his letter we cannot fathom.

Deseronto Doings - new steam barge to be launched on Dominion Day.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1883