The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1889

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The schr. Annie Falconer was stripped yesterday under the direction of Capt. C. Chambers.

The schr. Clara White arrived last night with grain taken from the schr. Vickery sunk off Thousand Island Park.

The following schooners arrived yesterday with coal from Oswego: Nellie Hunter, White Oak, and Herbert Dudley.


About seven o'clock last evening the bells notified the citizens that a fire was in progress in some part of the city. People were soon hurrying to the scene of the conflagration.

Many thought it was Anglin's saw mill. The blaze seemed to issue from the building, but on reaching it the discovery was made that the fire was consuming something afloat. It was the tug Ranger that was ablaze.

People were afraid as the steam hissing from the boiler threatened an explosion. The chemical engine was on hand and was put into service, with all possible speed. But it could not get near the burning vessel until it was towed near land. The chemical was dragged down the railway track as far as Anglin's mill, and then pulled Davis' dry dock. The tug was worked closer to the wharf, and the engine threw its fluid upon the flames, and very soon they faded away, leaving behind a hull without upper decks. The cabin and wheel house were destroyed.

The steamer Merryweather was also taken out but was not used.

The boat was recently sold by W.G. Craig to G. Stewart, of Smith's Falls, for $1,000. The tug has been doing work in connection with the new dry dock, and it is believed the cause of the fire was a spark which dropped from the fire place into light wood. It will cost about $500 to repair the boat.

While the boat was on fire people rushed towards the Davis' dry dock and crowded upon it. A young man named C. Marceau, who, thinking he was stepping on a wharf, fell into Davis' dry dock, falling fifteen feet. He was "doubled up" when found. One of his arms was broken, a knee-cap was fractured, a rib injured and he bears a bad wound on his head. He will be confined to the house for several weeks.

General Paragraphs - Although the schooner Gaskin lies in the channel she is to be left there for the present and a determined effort made to raise the steamer Armstrong.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1889