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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1887

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The steamer Ella Ross successfully ran the rapids of the St. Lawrence and is now in Montreal.

Daniel Bates, captain of the schr. Philo Bennett, is said to be the pluckiest sailor who leaves this port. "He's afraid o'nuthin!" said a salt while reciting some of Bates' heroic deeds last evening.

M.J. Cummings, Oswego, has placed a contract with the Detroit dry dock company, for a new steamer to cost $120,000 and be ready at the opening of navigation next year.

The steambarge Water Lily is sunk at the head of the Lachine rapids. The pilot mistaking the light took the wrong course. The result was that the steamer and her consort went on the rocks, the barge swinging out after a time and sinking instantly. The cargo of the barge was a total loss.

The prop. Myles has been docked at Port Dalhousie. While going up the lake she wore the canvas off the holes in the bow and began to make water rapidly. The pumps had all they could do to keep her afloat. When she got into port she had only about one hundred tons of coal in the hold. The foggy weather kept her outside for some time. Examination showed that the damage done by striking the shoal was all in one spot. The planks for a distance of twenty-five feet were smashed and the frames greatly wrenched. The boat will be afloat about Tuesday next.

Incidents Of The Day - The str. Ella Ross, on her first trip down the river, ran successfully the Galops, Rapid du Plat, Longue Sault, Cedars, Split Rock, and the Cascade Rapids. She was piloted by Capt. Cameron, late of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co., one of the oldest and most skilful pilots on the river, who will remain with her throughout the season. She will leave here for Montreal on her regular trip Saturday night, at 8 o'clock.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1887