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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1883

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The tug Admiral D.D. Porter and four barges with timber have arrived at Collinsby.

Another silver watch has been found off Salmon Point by the lighthouse keeper, Mr. L. Hudgin, supposed to have belonged to some one on board the ill-fated schr. Folger.

The Admiral D.D. Porter, Capt. Sullivan, is at St. Catharines with her barges. They were detained on Lake Erie for some time by adverse winds. The Porter was put on the drydock for repairs to her rudder.

The steamer Hero went down to the St. Lawrence campground on Saturday with an excursion from Stirling. She came up this morning. The steamer Watertown went up the Bay in place of the Hero.

On Lake Michigan the other day there was much excitement. For several minutes it was as dark almost as night, and, fearing that a cyclone was upon them, without the slightest preparation, they thought their time had certainly come. Men from various vessels tell of their companions and the masters dropping on the deck in prayer. On one schooner the Bible was brought out of the cabin, and the captain and crew knelt and prayed. Suddenly the scene lightened up again, and the dire threatenings had all vanished. The captain, who is a fine vocalist, broke out with "Nearer, My God, to Thee," and the crew helped him with a will, and all say they never felt happier in their lives.

On Friday night about 10:35 o'clock the propeller Glenfinlas, lying in the new canal at St. Catharines, was found in flames. The engine was sent for, but before it could reach the spot the fire had attained such headway that it was found impossible to get it under control until the vessel, with her valued cargo, was totally destroyed. The Glenfinlas was the first steamer built by the late Commodore Shickluna, of St. Catharines, and was launched under the name of the Brantford. It has since been twice rebuilt, having sailed under the name of the Calabria, and after having been a second time rebuilt at Port Dalhousie was named the Glenfinlas. She had on board a valuable cargo of corn, whiskey and hides, from Montreal to Duluth, and the loss on vessel and cargo will amount to $60,000, on which there is very little insurance. The boat had been tied up in the canal for the past few days, pending repairs to her machinery. The origin of the fire is a profound mystery. Those on the boat had barely time to escape with their clothing. Capt. Zealand thinks the fire originated in the vicinity of the boiler, and was possibley caused by the firemen raking over the coals, as he had done this a few moments before the fire was discovered.

A Yacht Race - On Saturday there was a fine yacht race at Clayton, and a Kingston craft carried off the honors. Six boats entered. The course was an excellent one, and the wind, to use a nautical phrase, was "a wholesale breeze." The Laura, owned by T. McK. Robertson, went to the front and won the $50, beating the Laura, of Oswego, (an old Kingston boat) by 7 1/2 minutes.

A Yachtsman Drowned -

p.4 Deseronto Doings - The Rathbun company's new steam barge Resolute, which was launched on Saturday, 11th inst., is a masterpiece of workmanship. Her dimensions are as follows: 137 feet keel, 143 feet over all; depth of hold, 11 feet; with 28 feet beam. Her capacity is 375,000 feet of lumber, or about 20,000 bushels of grain. She draws 9 feet 6 inches loaded. A large steel boiler supplies the steam for two large compound engines, driving twin screws 6 feet nine inches diameter. The boiler was built by Jno. McDougall, of Montreal, while the engines (designed by Mr. Fairgrieve, of Hamilton,) were built by Thos. Wilson, of Dundas. She will be fitted up in the most modern style, with cabin and state rooms on deck for the accommodation of passengers, and will make tri-weekly trips between here and Oswego. This new vessel, entirely of oak, is the largest ever built in this section, and is one of the strongest on the lakes. She reflects much credit on her builder, Mr. Wm. Evans.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1883