The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1886

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Great Damage Because Of An Unmarked Reef.

Shortly before noon today, while the prop. Myles was running into the harbour, she struck on Allen shoal, located about half a mile off the knitting mill. She now lies in forty feet of water off Davidson & Doran's wharf. Capt. Thomas Green, who was at the wheel, said that he was coming down under a good head of steam and was endeavoring to keep outside the reef when he hit it a glancing blow, knocking a hole in her side. The crash was so severe that after the vessel had passed over the propeller wheel tossed up one of the vessel's planks. People on shore who noticed the accident say that the propeller heeled over, and many feared she would upset.

Capt. Green, as soon as he noticed what had occurred, and finding that the vessel was making water very fast, steered for a wharf. He ran alongside that owned by Davidson & Doran, the propeller's bow plunging in the mud. There she stuck. The water caused the vessel to settle, and she now lies in about forty feet of water at the stern. Her hurricane deck is partially under water. She keeled over on her side, touched the end of the wharf, and tore out part of her side forward. There is five feet of water in her cabin at one end.

As quickly as possible a barge was run alongside the propeller and as much of the furniture, bedding, stores, etc., as possible removed. The owners of the vessel, Myles & Co., Hamilton, were notified and a representative is expected here tonight. The Myles loaded 42,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth last Monday and was just finishing a famous trip when when the accident occurred. The cargo is completely damaged, and will have to be sold for feed. Its value was about $28,000 or $30,000. It was consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company and was insured. The steamer was uninsured. Her damage, including the cost of raising, will be about $10,000. It is said that she will have to remain here all winter. She will, however, be pumped out as soon as possible.

The Myles was built three or four years ago and cost between $60,000 and $70,000. She has had several accidents but none as serious as the present one. Last year her boiler exploded scalding two men to death. Some weeks ago she ran on an island in Lake Superior. Mr. Midge is mate of the vessel.

Allen shoal, where the Myles struck, is a small reef about 40 x 70 feet in extent. There is fourteen feet of water over it now. By the negligence of the government the shoal has been unmarked for two years. The accident has led vessel owners to point out that while in the spring there were three buoys on Carruthers' shoal now only one is visible. One is broken off three feet under water and is liable to get tangled in some propeller wheel. The harbor master's attention has been called to the matter, but no heed has been taken to the complaints. The Cedar Island shoal, where the schr. Bolivia struck last year, is also unmarked.



The schr. Dudley is loading 15,000 bushels of barley for Oswego.

Cleared: Scow Olive Branch, Cape Vincent, 800 bush. peas.

The trip insurance rates to Kingston from Chicago have been advanced to $1.50.

The schr. M.A. Breck and Erie Bell, from Toronto, passed down. They were laden with lumber for Ogdensburg.

The steamer Ida will make her last trip of the season from Kingston up the Rideau on Saturday the 6th.

The steamer Alexandria, while coming towards the ferry wharf last evening, ran on the shoal east of the tower. She was released by the tug Jessie Hall.

Arrivals - schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, 149 tons of coal; schr. Mary, Oswego, 155 tons of coal; prop. Dominion, Duluth, 5,750 bush. wheat; str. Armenia, Deseronto, lumber.

Drowned Near Nut Island - Robert Askin and son Alexander, resided on south side of Amherst Island, left in open fish boat to lift a string of nets on outer bar a distance of 5 miles from Nut Island; boat was later found on South Bay Point.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1886