The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1890

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p.1 Explosion On a Yacht - naptha yacht belonging to Hon. Samuel A. Blake, nobody hurt; Capt. J. McArthur was engaged to take it down the river; he had been on Comet in Oswego in 1851 when it exploded.


A disastrous fire occurred at East Tawas, Mich., on Saturday, and some Kingstonians witnessed it. It commenced on the steam-barge Sea Gull, lying at Bearinger's dock. Maggie Cornett, the cook, was unable to get on shore and was burned. It was impossible with any means to save the Sea Gull, and when her lines burned off she drifted across the slip to Emery's dock, where the steambarge Calvin was laying, setting fire to her. For a time it seemed as if the Calvin could not be saved, but they succeeded in getting up steam and getting away. The burning steamer drifted by, after setting fire to the lumber on Emery's dock, and drifted over to the mill dock of Messrs. Locke & Stevens. She was pushed off the dock by men with long boards, but as she passed the last two tiers of piles she left fire between them, and there being no means to get at the fire the entire dock, with lumber, was destroyed.

The Sea Gull now lies in 10' of water at the Schweikert ice house tram, having burned part of it. The Sea Gull was valued at $12,000; insurance unknown.

There are different stories as to the origin of the fire, but it is generally believed to have been incendiarism, as a man was seen in the act of cutting the hose while it was playing on the fire. He was pursued, but escaped. The estimated loss of lumber is 16,000,000 feet.


The tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with 6 light barges.

The tug Active cleared for Oswego with 2 barges of lumber.

The barge Cavalier from Toledo to Collinsby with timber, passed Port Dalhousie yesterday afternoon.

The following boats called at Swift's wharf yesterday: Arcadia from Montreal; Spartan from Montreal; Corsican from T.O., and Pilgrim from Charlotte.

The prop. Clinton and barges from Astabula to Garden Island with timber, and prop. Myles from Chicago to Kingston with corn passed Port Colborne yesterday afternoon.

The yacht Sport arrived from Alexandria Bay, a side-wheeler.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1890