The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1890

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p.1 Won By the Boat Company - News has arrived that the suit against the St. Lawrence steamboat company by a New York state insurance company to recover alleged damages of $5,000 sustained by the loss of schooner Lem Ellsworth, which was in tow of the str. Pierrepont, has been decided in favor of the boat company. The defense was that the shoal the schooner struck was not marked on the government chart and consequently the steamer Pierrepont was not liable. The litigation has caused considerable interest.



The prop. Rosedale arrived this morning from Chicago.

The schr. Emerald passed Port Colborne yesterday from Toledo to Garden Island with timber.

The str. St. Lawrence has had the eagles on her paddle boxes repainted. They are artistically done.

The yacht Wherenow, owned by L.B. Spencer, was out for a run yesterday. Her new boiler was inspected and found perfect. Mr. Spencer and a party of friends leave tomorrow for Quebec on the staunch craft.

Capt. Colvill sailed in the schr. Caroline Marsh for upwards of 30 years before disposing of her last week. He has purchased the schr. S. & L. Collier, a vessel of about the same dimensions, for the sum of $4,000. McClelland & Lockhart, of Newcastle, were the owners of the Collier.

Arrivals: prop. Celtic, West Superior, 17,300 bush wheat; barge Cherokee, Oswego, 639 tons coal; schr. Acacia, Oswego, 346 tons coal; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, 188 tons coal; barge Minnedosa, Duluth, 62,530 bush wheat; barge Kildonan, Superior, 38,000 bush wheat; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, 211 tons coal.

The Toronto Empire believes that the new dry dock at Kingston "is at once a sign and an additional provision for the constantly increasing use of our great waterways destined to become more and more the great national outlet not only for an immense extent of Canadian territory, but also for wide regions within the United States."

Enquiry is being made at Mexico to ascertain whether the schooner found sunk about 2 miles from the shore was the ill fated I.G.? Jenkins, lost in 1877 with all on board. They found that the mast, which had been brought to shore a few days ago, had been broken off at the deck of the schooner and also at the crosstrees, and was 72' long. The mast was found to be in perfect condition as were also the hoops and rigging which were attached to it. The foremast was washed ashore about 2 years ago. The men who found the mast say they can locate the vessel in a very short time. As soon as she is located divers will be sent to ascertain the name of the schooner and her condition.

Last evening the steamyacht Nirvana, on her way to Oswego, ran on the Main Ducks. The steamers Pierrepont and Maud went to her assistance and managed to haul her off, Saturday afternoon. She was hard on, and the damage done to her is considerable. The yacht is now at the ferry wharf and will proceed to Montreal for repairs. The Nirvana was built at Ogdensburg in 1885. Her hull is constructed of wood and she is of 48 tons register. She has a condensing engine of 13" diameter cylinder. Her boiler is made of steel, and she is allowed to carry 100 pounds of steam. She is also allowed to carry 15 passengers. Mrs. Elizabeth Giverneud is the owner. The yacht was purchased for $11,000. She is handsomely fitted up, her cabin being very neat. All the modern improvements have been made on her. Mrs. Giverneud was not alarmed when the yacht went aground. She will go to Montreal by train this evening. The Nirvana will be among the Thousand Islands during July.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1890