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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1883

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The tug Perew brought three light barges from Belleville today.

The schr. Gulnair is now carrying coal across the lake. Until recently she was engaged in the timber trade.

Two cribs of timber while passing through the Chaudiere slides this morning were wrecked and the crews in charge had a narrow escape from drowning.

Capt. Noonan left today with the steamer Anglin for points on the Rideau Canal, the boat having all the freight she can carry. The trade of the Rideau is increasing and of it Capt. Noonan will get his share. He is very popular and obliging, and a safe navigator.

The arrivals at the M.T. Company's dock are: Schooner Emerald, Toledo, 22,201 bush. wheat; schooner Erie Stewart, Toledo, 17,000 bush. wheat; schooner Nassau, Chicago, 21,500 bush. wheat; schooner Lisgar, Toledo, 23,000 bush. wheat; schooner Gleniffer, Toledo, 20,310 bush. wheat; prop. Lincoln, Toledo, 16,701 bush. wheat.

A strike among the hands on the steamer Norseman occurred on Friday last on account of some disagreement as to wages and extra allowance for the Sunday trips to the Thousand Islands. Two of the men were arrested on a charge of desertion of employment. The following morning they were discharged, no one appearing to prosecute. Since then a full complement of new hands, including a temporary mate, has been secured.

The ill-fated steamer Glenfinlas had the following insurance effected on the hull: Continental of Buffalo $7,500; Western of Canada, $5,000; and Anchor of Canada, $3,500. Captain Zealand had also received a quantity of freight from a railway company on which he advanced $585 freight charges. Fortunately the amount was insured. The cargo of the Glenfinlas consisted of 21,000 bushels of corn, 700 hides, 10 barrels of whiskey, 5 barrels of syrups, and other miscellaneous freight. The day before the fire the Captain took on 50 tons of coal, which, like all the rest of the cargo, was consumed in the big blaze.

The Buffalo Courier reports that the tug Robb, disabled, arrived there on Friday night in tow of the steam barge Oswegatchie. On Friday morning while on her way down, with the schrs. Bentley and Marquis in tow, from Duluth to Kingston, and when off Rondeau, the Robb's shaft broke. The tug Admiral Porter, going down with a tow, was hailed and asked what he would charge to tow the Robb to Buffalo. The master of the Porter replied $500. Capt. Brown would not submit to such extortion, and concluded to await his chances. The Oswegatchie soon came along and agreed to pull the Robb for $200. David Bell, who built the Robb's engine twenty years ago, will now overhaul it, besides repairing the shaft. The tug will go into dock for caulking and general repairs.

The steamer Celtic has just completed the lighthouse supply trip all round the lakes and Georgian Bay. The passengers who took passage for health and pleasure speak of the trip in the highest terms. The Celtic left Montreal on July 5th last, and after encountering severe storms and calling at some 110 lighthouses, made Prince Arthur's Landing on 7th inst. The passengers, when nearing Sarnia on the return trip, took occasion to present Capt. Cavers and officers of the boat with a complimentary address. It was signed by the Government officials and representative passengers.

Yacht Races - to be held at Belleville on 29th.

His Hand Hurt - A diver named John Sidans had his right hand badly damaged yesterday morning while working at the shoals. A stone in the sling fell out and struck Sidans on the hand, inflicting the injury.

Here & There - B. Beedham writes to the Montreal Star complaining of the unsatisfying nature of the meals now served upon the Royal Mail Line.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1883