The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1886

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The barge London is loading 15,000 bush. of wheat at Richardson's for Montreal.

The prop. Canada, with lighthouse supplies, will arrive tomorrow from Montreal.

The prop. California arrived at Swift's wharf this morning, and after coaling left for Chicago.

The steambarge Anglin is loading 50,000 pavement stones at the granite quarry for Ottawa.

Marine business is very dull, work scarce, and many men, Micawber-like, "wait for something to turn up."

The tug McArthur clears for Oswego this evening, coals, and proceeds to Belleville for a raft, which she will tow to Collinsby.

Schr. Angus Smith, Chicago; schr. Morguagon (sic), Sandusky, corn; schr. F.J. King, Manistee, timber; en route to Kingston, are passing through the Welland Canal.

Arrivals - schr. Clara Youell, Toronto, 16,500 bush. wheat.

Cleared - schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, 53,000 feet lumber and 205,000 shingles; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, 117,516 feet lumber.


It was on Tuesday night that the propeller Oconto, Detroit, making her first trip on her new route between Toledo and Ogdensburg, struck a shoal below Round Island and stove a hole in her hull. Passengers and crew were asleep at the time, but they were quickly awakened and conveyed to Fisher's Landing. Among those on board was J.R. Slyke, son of the owner of the boat. She was running in the main channel, which is between Rock Island light and the bay, and has a depth of from 150 to 200 feet. After sinking she kept her upright position till 4:30 o'clock in the morning, when she keeled over. She draws 7 feet of water at the bow and 11 1/2 ft. at the stern.

Last fall she went ashore at Charity Island, Saginaw Bay, and when repaired was newly and expensively furnished. She was valued at $25,000, was insured for $15,000, and had a cargo worth $500,000, the silk alone being appraised at $200,000.

The Oconto was under contract for an excursion, Knights of Pythias, from Cleveland to Alexandria Bay next Sunday.

Efforts have been made to remove the prop. Oconto, grounded opposite Well's Island Park.

Incidents Of The Day - Walter Benjamin and Emma Beverly were the parties in the skiff run down by the str. Norseman at Charlotte. Capt. Crawford rescued Benjamin while clinging to the boat, but the woman was drowned. The accident occurred about midnight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1886