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

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Last night the men at the Atlantic Elevator, foot of Princess Street, were loading 3,100 bushels of rye into the prop. City of Montreal, bound for Toronto. Elevating began about 7 o'clock. There were six men in the bin, employed as trimmers. Among these were Samuel Kirkpatrick, about 50 years of age. While trimming too close to the spout he was sucked into its mouth, and before his co-labourers could shut off the spout he was taken down into the grain. His head was two feet below the surface, the tips of fingers alone being seen. With haste the outflow of grain was stopped and those free to act removed the grain from Mr. Kirkpatrick's head. When this was done there seemed to be no life in him. A hole had to be cut in the tower (allowing the grain to run out upon the stairway) before Kirkpatrick could be extracted. He was so firmly wedged in that four men after the grain had been shovelled away to his waist, could not get him out. When rescued he was carried into Mr. Eilbeck's (Ellbeck's ?) office and Dr. Oliver summoned. It was some time before he recovered consciousness. His head was cut, the shovels having come into contact with it while the men were digging him out. He was conducted home and this morning reported to be seriously injured by the accident. He had a narrow escape, however.

Secured The Grain - John Gaskin bought damaged grain from schr. Wm. Home, 7 1/2 cents each for 405 bushels.

A Test Case - Archibald Campbell, of Brockville, owner of the schooner Paragon, has commenced an action in the Supreme Court against the firm of E.W. Rathbun & Co. to recover $300 damages for the detention of the schooner at Oswego last summer during the longshoremen's strike. The Paragon arrived there on October 17th with a cargo of lumber for Rathbun & Co. Owing to the trouble then existing between the firm and the longshoremen's union the vessel was detained three or four days. It is alleged that the vessel was obliged to cancel several charters previously made owing to this detention.

Here & There - schr. Sligo safe at Chicago.

The barge Princess has reached Montreal with her cargo of grain. She comes back.

The str. Watertown, of Kingston, has been taken to Clayton and anchored in bay. The local paper learns that some of her machinery will be used in the new boat.

The Wrecked Conqueror - The Conqueror was floated on Sunday morning, but, on account of trouble with the pumps she was allowed to sink again. A second pump went down and she was raised in a few hours. Capt. Merryman says if he remains on the river next summer he will endeavor to raise the Robert Peel, which was burned off Peel Island during the war.

Today's Marine News - The season is about over. On Friday at noon ordinary insurance on vessels will cease. Of course special rates can be secured, but the changes will be very high. The schr. Oliver Mowat takes coal from Fairhaven to Toronto at 75 cents per ton, and wheat from Toronto to Cape Vincent at 3 1/2 cents per bushel.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1883