The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1884

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p.1 District Dashes - The old ferry steamer Prince Edward was burned to the water's edge at Belleville last Tuesday, owned by Mr. Jellett and worth $3,500.

p.2 Personal Column - L.W. Day, of Sackett's Harbour, denies that he conversed with anyone in Kingston about the old warship, and he had nothing to do with the purchase or sale of the same. The News chap dreamt that Mr. Day bought the ship and made thousands out of it.

p.3 Cargo Of Coal Purchased - The cargo which was sent from Sandusky on the schr. E. Blake some time ago to the locomotive works, and refused by that institution, was purchased yesterday by Mr. W. Harty at $2.60 per ton. The cargo amounted to 591 tons.

A Good Scheme - the Devil Lake scheme - Mr. Wise, Superintendent of Rideau Canal arrived on yacht Sportsman.

Not This Time, John - Capt. Gaskin, R. Crawford and A. Hoppins charged with blocking up of Queen St. slip.

Incidents Of The Day - The yacht that won third place in Saturday's race was the Yolande, owned by Mr. Kirkpatrick, and not the Mackinaw, belonging to Mr. Hamilton.


The schr. E. Blake is now lying in the canal.

The K. & P.R.R. hoister is on Fraser's dry dock.

M.T. Co. arrival - prop. Armenia, lightened 7,000 bush. grain.

The steam yacht R.P. Flower was in port with a party of Americans.

The schr. Magdala arrived from Charlotte today with 360 tons of coal.

The schr. Watertown brings corn to Kingston from Chicago for 4 1/2 cents per bushel.

The steamer Chieftain arrived at Garden Island today with a large raft from Hamilton.

The Rothesay will probably start on her regular trips between Gananoque and Ogdensburg on Saturday.

Arrivals at Portsmouth - schrs. S.D. Baker, Chicago, 21,000 bush. corn; Mary Copley, Chicago, 19,200 bush. corn.

Swift's wharf - arrivals - Corsican, Prescott; Corinthian, Toronto; schrs. Elgin, Annie Foster and B.W. Folger, coal.

The schr. Eliza Fisher of Cobourg, having left the marine railway at Portsmouth, after undergoing a thorough overhauling. She arrived at Eilbeck's dock this morning. She will be repainted.

Rathbun's dock - Arrivals: schr. Gazelle, Napanee, soft wood. Departures: steambarge Nile and barge Bedford, Trenton, light; schrs. Gazelle, Gananoque; Two Brothers, Trenton, light.

The schr. Eliza Fisher, of Cobouirg, was launched at Mitchell's ways, Portsmouth, yesterday. She has had exclusive (sic) repairs, receiving a new stern, new floor and new ceiling. The repairs were completed in a short time.

The prop. California is in Detroit, and the insuracne companies holding risks on her are preparing to hold a survey. Of her cargo of 23,000 bushels of grain, 15,000 bushels were jettisoned and 8,000 saved; 7,000 bushels were sold for $2,000.

The str. Ontario, which is to run in connection with the New York & Watertown R.R. to the Thousand Islands, has arrived at Oswego. She is 167 feet long and 36 feet beam over all. It is not the intention to put in very many state rooms this season, and the steamer will be run as a day boat, leaving Oswego in the morning and returning in the evening. She is calculated to run at 13 or 14 miles an hour.

The steamer Alexandra, on the passage down the Lachine Rapids Tuesday afternoon, met with an accident. She was proceeding down the cross channel at the point where the old Renaud struck, when the current swung the stern round and forced it on to the rocks with such force as to shake the vessel from stem to stern. A crunching noise showed that the planking of the hull had succumbed to the punching. After striking, the steamer immediately swung out into the channel and continued her career down the rapids. The water, however, was pouring into the hull, and fears were felt that she would fill before clearing the rapids. She was, however, kept afloat to a point between Nun's Island and Rock Island, where as the fires were extinguished and the steam was giving out she was run aground on a reef between the two islands. At the time the water was up to the main deck aft, and in a few seconds the stern settled down, with the water above the guard. The passengers were transferred to the ferry steamer Boucherville. The Belmont left Montreal for the wreck, with steam pumps and appliances for lightening the cargo, and it is thought that the steamer would be floated during the day. The cargo consisted of rugs and will not be damaged. The steamer is owned in Picton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1884