The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1883

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The K. & M. Forwarding Company remove to Portsmouth next month. They will lay up their crafts in that village.

The schr. O'Gorman, in running out of Toronto harbor with lumber for Oswego, grounded but was taken off successfully.

The steamer Empress of India will be brought to Kingston, where she will be provided with two smokestacks and a dome for each boiler.

Another pump has been ordered to the Sam Cooke before she can be taken to Ogdensburg. Capt. Merryman has had a great deal of trouble in raising the craft.

The President of the Sailors' Union says that the next ten days will decide whether there will be any more shipping. He thinks the season is about over.

Mr. A.J. Tynan, of Toronto, not John Hanlan, is the purchaser of the str. Ontario. He is in the city awaiting the arrival of the boat from points on the Rideau Canal.

The schr. Florence Howard, from Wellington to Oswego with barley, lost her jibboom on Saturday near Charlotte. The Nellie Theresa lost her foretop mast while crossing the lake.

The prop. California takes up the supplies of a number of contractors on the Lake Superior end of the C.P.R. The vessel is here loading John Ryan's plant, which was brought to the city from Sharbot Lake.

The protest of the schr. E.H. Rutherford did not amount to much. She had only 40 bushels of damaged grain. Peter Mitchell is building her a centre board. It will be shipped today and the craft then leaves for Fairhaven to load coal.

Prop. Armenia In A Gale.

The Canadian propeller Armenia, of the Montreal Line, encountered the storm on Lake Michigan on Saturday and was roughly handled. Her machinery became disabled before daylight. Canvas was spread but blew away, and she labored for several hours in the trough of the sea, and it was feared she would founder. Freight on board was smashed and broken and cabin furniture damaged. Casks were stove in and rich wine mixed with the water that came dashing in through the gangways between decks. The officers consider her escape and those on board as a narrow one. She made Chicago yesterday and the master entered protest. The loss on cargo from breakage will foot up a big item.

Accident To The Julia.

The Palladium says the Julia hit the pier with tremendous force, and the crew, believing that she had received her death-blow, leaped on to the pier. The vessel did not sink immediately, however, and the men got on board again. She was then worked around the southern arm of the pier and drifted up the new harbor out of the sea. The vessel began to fill, and she was run into shoal water. As soon as possible a lighter was placed alongside and a portion of the dry grain taken out. A steam pump has been placed on board and the vessel will be pumped out and placed on the drydock. The Captain of the Julia states that the reason of his striking the pier was that three heavy seas boarded the schooner and filled her decks just as he was entering. She came near foundering.

The Schr. Bangalore's Leaks.

The Chicago Times says the schr. Bangalore was dry docked the other day to have the leaks caulked. Men were instantly put to work on the vessel's bottom, and her Captain concluded to inspect her himself. Imagine his surprise and consternation when he made the startling discovery that there were as many as half a dozen auger holes in the Bangalore's bottom, evidently driven from above. The auger used was a very small one, else the vessel would undoubtedly have foundered on her trip up. As it is, her escape was a very narrow one. It is not known when or where the holes were bored, but the work is evidently that of some malicious person who had a spite against the owners. It is evident that he plugged the holes up after boring them just about tight enough for them to work out when the vessel was rolling in a seaway. There is but little room to doubt that it was a deliberate attempt to founder the vessel and drown all the hands, and the owners of the craft will use their best efforts to bring the vandals to justice. The Bangalore is owned by the firm of A. Gunn & Co., of Kingston, and she is valued at $11,000. It will take about two days to complete her repairs, when she will load corn for Kingston. This morning enquiries were made at the office of Gunn & Co. about the schr. Bangalore. They had heard of one hole being found in the vessel. The craft was laid up at Kingston during the summer, but afterwards went west and brought here a cargo of grain. It was delivered here all right. The holes in the craft must have been bored quite recently.

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