The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1889

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The schr. Annie Falconer is loading lumber for Oswego.

The sloop Glad Tidings arrived last night from Clayton, light.

The schr. Jennie Matthews cleared last night for Chicago, light.

The new schr. Maggie L., built at Picton for Richard LaRush, has arrived in port. She is a daisy.

Owing to a break in Davis' dry dock no work will be done on it for a week.

The schr. Annie Falconer was released from Davis' dry dock yesterday after being recaulked and receiving general repairs.

While on her way to Kingston with grain the machinery of the steamer Algonquin became deranged. She is being delayed in consequence.

The following boats called at Swift's yesterday: Spartan from Toronto; Algerian from Montreal, and the Alma Munro from Chicago.

The inquest to enquire into the causes of the Armstrong's wreck has been further adjourned until Sept. 30th. It is hoped that by that time the vessel will have been raised.

The following arrived at Garden Island last night: str. D.D. Calvin and consorts, Cheboygan, timber; str. Armenia, Toledo, deals; schr. Norway, Detroit, timber; prop. Dominion and consorts, Toledo, timber; schr. Laura, Toledo, timber.

The str. Hero left Deseronto on Wednesday just ahead of the str. Quinte and put into Northport to put off some freight. The Quinte then got the lead by about half a mile and from there to Belleville it was a race for first place. The Hero passed the Quinte and landed her passengers before the Quinte got in.

The treasury department, Washington, has refused the application of F.A. Emerick & Co. for permission to give bonds for the re-exportation of a propeller wheel to be attached to a Canadian vessel at the Oswego dry-dock. The department holds that as the wheel is intended to become a part of the vessel no entry for its exportation could be projected with due regard to the conditions imposed by law. The wheel was intended for the steambarge Van Allen, owned by the company, but a Canadian vessel. It was the intention to bring the wheel to Oswego where the vessel could be docked, and have it put in position.

General Paragraphs - The schr. Rhoda Emily, from Chicago, arrived at Portsmouth today with 40,000 bushels of wheat.

Personal Mention - Capt. Milo D. Estes, of the str. St. Lawrence, is the gayest dressed officer that rides the river. He looks like a sea commander when he dons his blue Prince Albert suit with shining brass buttons and his gold corded cap.



The Steamer Sport Entangled In The Rigging Of The Schr. Vickery.

The private side-wheel steamer Sport ran into the wrecked schooner Vickery off Rock Island light, Thousand Island Park, on Wednesday evening, tearing the smokestack down, breaking the railings, crushing the life-boats, and damaging the steamer throughout. The steamer is owned by E.P. Wilbur, Bethleham, Pa., president of the Lehigh Valley railroad, who with his son and party were aboard the boat. The steamer was bound for Packar's Island, below Alexandria Bay, and was returning from a two weeks' trip from the Rideau, when the boat struck the schooner, and one of the deck hands who was on the upper deck was struck by the smokestack, thrown to the deck, and cut about the neck and face seriously. When the boat struck she was running fourteen miles per hour. Capt. Westcott was in the regular channel, and did not know of the wrecked schooner. The government officials and the owners of the schooner are blamed for leaving the vessel in the channel without any lights on her masts.

The Sport is the only private side wheel steamer on the St. Lawrence. She was built in 1882 and valued at $50,000. After striking the schooner she floated down the river and anchored opposite Fine View.

Later advices intimate that George Lafivre was on the lookout, as it was dark, but did not see the sunken schooner until the yacht was close upon it. She struck the Vickery about the middle of the topsail stays. Her smokestack was carried away and her pilot house and paddle box smashed. All the brass railings on her deck were damaged. The mate was at the wheel. The steamer St. Lawrence towed the Sport to Alexandria Bay after which she was taken to Ogdensburg, where she will be repaired.

Capt. Massey Was Angry.

[Chicago Inter-Ocean]

The sinking of the Chicago schooner Vickery near Alexandria Bay came near being the cause of a tragedy. Capt. Massey, though he has travelled the St. Lawrence a dozen times, owing to so many lights in island cottages, thought it best to go to Clayton and get a pilot. Webber, an old river man, was secured. He had not been aboard fifteen minutes when the schooner went ashore. The captain got excited and attacked the pilot with a revolver, using violent language and pointing the weapon at him. The mate, a brother of the captain, instantly sprang for Massey's arm, discharging the revolver and sending the bullet into the deck. The revolver fell on a hatch and was picked up by the mate and thrown overboard. Capt. Massey states that he would have certainly shot Webber but now that he is cooled off is glad the thing happened the way it did. Pilot Webber made himself scarce. Capt. Massey sailed the Vickery for seven years and the carelessness of the pilot lost her, hence the cause of his desperate action.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1889