The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1884

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On Saturday the captain of the prop. Cuba telegraphed that she was sinking opposite Alexandria Bay, and requested the assistance of a tug and lighter. Capt. Gaskin wired that the captain should ask Collector Warren, of Cape Vincent, for permission to engage a Canadian tug and lighter. The captain did so but received no answer. His crew did all they could to keep the propeller afloat, but she finally sank and is now on the bottom, her stern to the hurricane deck being under water, her bow out of it. Her cargo consists of 30,000 bushels of barley, consigned to Ogdensburg from Toronto. It is law, but unreasonable law, that a man cannot save himself from loss and disaster by calling in the nearest help. The governments should see what can be done towards abolishing coasting regulations of which any intelligent people should be ashamed.

Alexandria Bay, Nov. 22nd - The steamer ran on Alexandria Shoal at 6 o'clock this morning, and sank in two hours. She has 28,000 bushels of barley, 300 bags of flour, 40 barrels of whiskey and merchandise. The whiskey and merchandise were saved and the crew and all assistance obtainable are now engaged in getting out some of the dry barley. Probably five or six thousand bushels will be saved in this way. A tug, steam pump and lighter are expected from Ogdensburg to assist in the salvage. The Cuba is owned by Hagerty & Co., of Toronto, Ont. The vessel and her cargo were valued at about $50,000.



The barge Montreal will receive new decks.

The steamer Magnet still runs on Georgian Bay.

The schr. Singapore arrived today from Oswego, and is at Eilbeck's dock loading 13,600 bushels of barley for Oswego.

The schr. Grantham has arrived from Charlotte with 648 tons of soft coal, and the B.W. Folger, with 250 tons of hard. Both are from Oswego.

The steam yacht Mystic, which foundered at Reid's Bay recently, was brought to port on Saturday by the str. Hastings. She was hauled out today at the Empire drydock, will be recaulked and receive a new wheel.

The M.T. Co.'s fleet, excepting seven barges, have gone into winter quarters. Four of the seven are at Valleyfield, but the tug Thompson will arrive with them today. The other three will be brought from Montreal by the tug Glyde (sic) tomorrow.

On the lakes there are 1,070 American vessels, and 328 Canadian vessels. There are besides 840 American steam vessels of all classes, and 382 Canadian steam vessels, making a total of 2,565 steam and sail vessels. These figures do not include the St. Lawrence river barges. The tonnage is estimated at 897,750 tons.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1884