The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1888

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The damaged steamer Passport will be detained longer than was expected. She cannot leave before Saturday next. The Corsican has been placed on her route in the meantime. Mr. Batten, the first mate, said they were entering lock No. 5, Cornwall canal, about midnight, and met the Montreal Transportation company's barge, John Gaskin, wheat laden. The tug sheered suddenly and struck the Passport, carrying away her davits and some other deck appurtenances. There was no check line on the barge to haul her to rights when she sheered and that was the cause wholly of the accident. The steamer was at a perfect standstill at the time right on the bank. The barge passed on and the steamer started forward, but owing to a torrent of water from a "side wash" struck the masonry, throwing the captain down and staving in her stern.

The transportation company officials are reticent, but hold that the Passport is accountable for the damage, alleging she did not stop to let the barge pass.

MARINE PARAGRAPHS - The str. Thorn carried a large excursion party from Clayton to Alexandria Bay last evening. The passengers came from New York.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1888