The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1884

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The schr. Rhoda Emily is in port with 30,000 bush. corn.

The schr. A. Falconer has arrived at Swift's with 400 tons of coal.

The schr. Freeman has gone to the Bay of Quinte to load grain.

The schr. Ariadne has cleared for Oswego, to load coal for Toronto.

The tug Thompson has left with three barges and a canal boat, coal laden, for Montreal.

The tug Active arrived from Charlotte with three coal laden barges, and left again with three light.

The tug Bronson has left for Montreal with six barges, carrying 50,000 bushels of grain and 1,800 tons of coal.

On Monday the schr. Oliver Mowat, from Chicago, unloaded 21,000 bush. corn at Portsmouth. The prop. Armenia also lightened 8,100 bush. wheat at the same place. Today the tug Chieftain left for Montreal with three barges, carrying 35,000 bush. grain.

Court of Chancery - Meacham vs. Dollar - an action to recover demurrage and dead freight. This case resulted in a judgement for the plaintiff of $1,500 and costs.

Breck & Booth vs. Ross & Co. - This was an action for demurrage and dead freight, brought by the plaintiffs for the detention of the vessel Jessie Breck, and the breach by the defendants of a contract to give a load. Judgement was given for plaintiff for $518 demurrage, $100 damages for breach of agreement and full costs of suit. Mr. Walkem Q.C., Mr. Machar and Mr. J.B. Walkem, for plaintiffs; Mr. Kirkpatrick, Q.C., and Mr. Rogers for defendants.

A Heavy Fine Remitted.

The Minister of Customs has remitted the fine imposed upon the American str. Island Belle, seized by the Gananoque Collector for an alleged infraction of the marine law. Tickets were issued for a trip from Brockville to Gananoque, but on the way up the river the steamer touched at Alexandria Bay, reported and passed on. Because the tickets read from one Canadian port to another the seizure was effected. The Minister of Customs has concurred in our view of the seizure, and in future the Collectors will have to be cautious in their action. The United States Collectors are very kind and obliging, and the Canadian officials should also act without haste.

Explosion In The Harbor.

4:15 - As we go to press a report has come of a premature explosion on the dredge at work on the harbor shoals. Three of the workmen are badly injured and have just been landed at Atlantic wharf.

Later - The men were working on the float and had sent home a charge of dynamite, the properties of which are that if properly laid it will break as much downwards as upwards.

No one can tell what caused the premature explosion, but in all probability the dynamite was put down too deep and lifted the stone instead of depressing it. The men, not expecting an accident, (unreadable) explosion, and three of them were struck by the upheaved missiles.

John Morrison was severely crushed and scarred in the breast. His injuries were such that it was deemed expedient to remove him to the Hotel Dieu.

Thomas Townsend was also wounded in the breast and suffered greatly from the shock.

Capt. Paul was cut in the face and leg, but not badly.

The latter two men were taken to their homes.

p.3 Str. Island Belle Sold - The str. Island Belle has been purchased by Mr. Whipple, of Detroit, and will be used for excursion and other purposes. She will be cut in two, lengthened, and given a new boiler. Mr. Whipple paid $6,500 for her. It is stated on good authority that a new boat takes her place on the St. Lawrence route, and that it will be built next winter.

A Terrible Assault Case - 2 sailors from schr. Ariadnea (sic - Ariadne ?) attacked by eight roughs on Ontario St.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1884