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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1884

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As the steamer Quinte, with an excursion party on board, was proceeding to Picton from Deseronto last evening she was overhauled by the steamer Hero, also on her way to Picton. It was evident that the Hero would reach the wharf first, as she was fast forging ahead of the Quinte. The situation was taken in at a glance by the officers of the Quinte, and orders, it is said, were given to crowd the Hero out of her course. A collision seemed inevitable.

The course of the Hero was wisely altered but none too soon as both steamers came together gently and ran side by side for fully a quarter of a mile. They were fast approaching the entrance to the harbor, there being plenty of room at that point for three steamers to pass each other comfortably. The Quinte being a larger and heavier boat than the Hero crowded the latter toward the shore till it was seen that in less than two minutes she would be driven hard aground. The engines were immediately stopped and reversed and the Quinte went ahead full steam on Buck Kiln Point, and landed exactly in the spot where it was thought that the Hero would rest.

Like the good Samaritan the Hero went alongside, large lines were passed out and snapped and the Quinte's bulwarks badly damaged in attempting to pull her off. It being impossible to dislodge her the Hero proceeded to Deseronto and sent the tug Sir John to her assistance. The tug did not, however, arrive till 7 o'clock this morning. As the officers of the Quinte were entirely at fault they will have to bear the expense of loss of time, hauling off, etc.

The passengers on board the steamer Hero complimented the officers on the manner in which she was handled in such a trying moment.

Oswego Regatta - July 31st - Wind blowing a gale and the yachts demoralized. The Aileen won in the first class, the Verve second. The Iolanthe was first in the second class, the Katie Gray second, the Laura, of Kingston, third. The Garfield, waterlogged, was brought inside by a tug. A number of boats were driven down the lake in a terrible squall and are out of sight. Several yachts lost their spars and canvas.

A Collision And Sinking - Cleveland, July 30th - The details of the collision between the propeller John M. Osborne and the S.S. Alberta, off Whitefish Point, on Sunday night are meagre. The Osborne went down, with the steward and four others, in ten minutes.



The schr. Senator Blood has unloaded at Collinsby and gone to Oswego for repairs.

The schr. A. Falconer, from Cleveland, has arrived with 373 tons of coal for Swift.

The props. Alma Munro and California took on 53 tons of coal at Swift's today.

For the K. & M.F. Co. the only arrival is the schr. F. Covette, Chicago, 20,000 bush. wheat.

At Swift's wharf, the strs. Bohemian, Alma Munro and California, from Montreal, called yesterday.

The schr. Annandale, with 450 tons of Straitsville coal, has arrived at Breck & Booth's from Toledo.

The schrs. Cornelia and Mowat are loading ore for Fairhaven, and the schr. B.W. Folger ore for Charlotte.

The str. Island Belle arrived here this forenoon with a party of excursionists. She makes three trips between Alexandria Bay, Clayton, the Camp Ground and city.

The schrs. Gaskin and Glenora had on their decks this morning, when they arrived, 500 tons of coal. This coal was removed by the employees of the M.T. Co. in six hours.

The str. Pierrepont brought 351 boxes of cheese from Cape Vincent, and the Princess Louise 250 boxes of cheese from Clayton today. It will be shipped per G.T.R. to Ayer & Co., Montreal.

M.T. Co. arrivals: schr. A.L. Andrews, Chicago, 20,082 bush. corn; schr. Watertown, Chicago, 20,840 bush. corn; tug Active, schrs. J. Gaskin and Glenora, Charlotte, 2,500 tons coal; schr. A. Muir, Chicago, 23,000 bush. wheat; tug Thompson and seven barges from Montreal, six light and one laden with iron rails for the K. & P.R.R.; tug Glide, Montreal, five barges, light; two barges from Oswego, 1,200 tons coal. Departures: tug Glide and six barges, Montreal, 110,000 bush. grain; tug Thompson and schrs. Gaskin and Glenora, and two barges, Montreal, 2,800 tons coal; tug Active and three barges for Charlotte, to load coal.

A Talk About Fish - local fishermen complaining that an American steam yacht pulling from 6 to 15 skiffs can enter Canadian waters and fish contrary to regulations.

American Steamers - The placing of steamers on the route between Oswego and the 1000 Islands by the New York, Ontario & Western Company, says the Oswego Times, was a stroke destined, without doubt, to be a paying investment. Negotiation is now pending between the officials of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, and those of the New York, Ontario & Western for the establishment of a line of steamers to run in connection with both roads to the islands and possibly to Montreal. The proposal is to place two first-class upper saloon steamers on the route.

Yacht Race On Monday - The regatta on Monday promises to be very interesting. The finest Canadian and American yachts will be in attendance. The steamer Hero has been engaged to make excursions about the harbor, while a steam yacht has been secured for the judges and pressmen. The start will be very pretty and everybody should see it.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1884