The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 28, 1883

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p.1 Maid Of The Mist - account of running rapids on June 29th, 1859, to save vessel from mortgage holder.

p.2 Review The Case - over str. Active being locked through Welland Canal on Sunday.

A Delightful Trip - on str. Maud; description of scenery along north channel between Howe Island and Pittsburg township to Thousand Islands.

p.3 Here & There - The schooner W.I. Preston brings 19,000 bushels of rye from Chicago to Kingston at 7 cents per bushel.

Wages Advanced - The Sailors' Union have sent the mariner's wages up to $2 per day on the lakes. The advance is in keeping with the increased rate of freight. The fall weather is also setting in and the sailors do not care to undergo great risks for small pay.

What They Are Like - The barge Montreal has arrived in port, having been raised by the operation of a single pump. The barge was struck amidships and settled upon a rock, with about two feet of water under her at each end. The barge does not appear to be strained in the least. Americans were surprised to find that Canadian barges made of stuff and to stand such a test (sic).


The Brockville Recorder says the Prussia struck a sunken rock off Chippewa Point, and started the seams in her hull. She struck her bow sidelong and glanced off into deep water. The pumps were put at work. She began to fill rapidly and was accordingly run on the rocky shoal near Five Mile Light, where she went down. When it became evident that she could not make shore, her passengers, some twenty-five in number, were placed in the boats and safely rowed to shore. One or two ladies fainted through fright and excitement. The Celtic and Europe, the former going East and the latter West, happened along within an hour of the accident and took on the wrecked passengers. Some of them, who had return tickets for the round trip, went back by the Europe, while the through passengers took passage by the Celtic. None of them lost an article. The steamer went down bow first until about half her hull was submerged, when she rested on the rock. The stern sank in about twenty five feet of water, which covered part of her rail, but caused no injury to the forward cabins. She listed slightly but for all was not in a bad position.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 28, 1883