The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1889

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p.1 Result Of The Yacht Race - Laura, Gracie, Gerda, Norma and Garfield.


The schr. Philo Bennett arrived this morning with 176 tons coal.

Capt. Davis, Gananoque, has disposed of his steamyacht St. Julian to an Ottawa gentleman.

The str. Erin and consort Maggie have arrived at Portsmouth from Chicago with 50,000 bush. corn.

Arrivals: schr. Fabiola, Fairhaven, 260 tons coal; schr. Julia, Oswego, 260 tons coal; schr. Eliza White, Charlotte, 230 tons coal.

The steamer John Haggart was on the Wolfe Island route this morning, the Pierrepont being engaged at the str. St. Lawrence.

The str. Corsican arrived yesterday afternoon from Montreal. On account of the Algerian being ashore the Corsican did not go to Toronto but returned to Montreal. The Corinthian will take the place of the Algerian.

Capt. D.H. Lyons, Brockville, is making ready to launch his steamer Experiment, the only one of the kind on the river. The fuel is naptha, of which she carries about three barrels in a copper air tight tank. Capt. Lyon says she will make a speed of eight miles an hour.

Operations are progressing slowly in the work of raising the Armstrong. The diver, owing to the depth of water and the force of the current, finds it difficult to maintain an upright position. The river bed is favorable to work upon being composed of clay. Not much difficulty is anticipated in fastening the chains to her bow and stern.

A. Horn, of Oldrieve & Horn, sailmakers, has returned to the city after being absent since May 30th. He has been engaged in fitting out the steamship Manitoba with sails and rigging. His work is not yet completed. He will return to Owen Sound in a few days. The steamer will be used for passenger traffic between Owen Sound and Port Arthur. She is owned by Mr. Polson, Toronto.

The str. St. Lawrence was pumped out yesterday afternoon. It is expected that she will be here this afternoon or evening. On her arrival she will be placed on the Portsmouth dock. Capt. Pierce, who superintended the building of the St. Lawrence, will superintend the repairs. She is strained to a considerable extent, but Capt. Pierce says as soon as she is put on the dock she will fall into her right place.



The Algerian has probably had as varied a career as any vessel running on the river and upper lakes. She is a composite iron paddle wheel steamer of 576 tons register, 175 feet 3 inches long and 27 feet one inch beam. She was built in about 1850, being then called the Kingston, and was placed upon the mail route between this city and Kingston. When the Prince of Wales visited Canada in 1860 he ran the rapids of the St. Lawrence on board her. In 1865 (sic) her bad luck commenced. She caught fire on one of her trips near the Thousand Islands, and had all her upper works burnt out. All those on board of her escaped with the exception of an old lady, who jumped overboard with a life preserver. She, however, put the preserver on wrong, and instead of holding her head above water it held her heels, and she was consequently drowned. The following year the vessel was taken to Kingston and rebuilt. Renamed the Bavarian she again went on the mail line and ran until fire again overtook her. She left Toronto for Montreal on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 1873. At 8 o'clock that evening, while opposite Oshawa, her cast iron walking beam snapped in two. Amongst her cargo was a quantity of highwines in barrels and these were stowed right opposite the stoke hole. When the beam broke it fell on these barrels, breaking them open and throwing their contents on the fires, and in a moment the whole steamer was in a blaze. The pilot jumped from his house and with the assistance of three others launched one of the boats and escaped. Some of the crew and passengers launched a second boat, but the flames cut off the others and nineteen people perished. A long enquiry was held into the cause of the disaster. The spring of 1874 saw her

again in the shipyard, and when she once more took her place upon the route it was under the present name, Algerian. Disaster again overtook her in 1875, when she ran upon the Split Rock and sunk. No lives were, however, lost. She was raised and since then has met with two or three minor accidents. On her downward trip, arriving here last Wednesday evening, the Algerian brought 180 passengers. She is the smallest of the Toronto line boats. [Montreal Gazette]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1889