The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1890

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The Myles left for the west last night, light.

The schr. Neelon is on her way from Collinsby to Erie with ice.

The Kildonan and Minnedosa are loading steel rails for Port Arthur.

Capt. Towers, of the Ocean, intends to make 10 more trips this fall before the Ocean lays up.

The tugs Walker and Bronson, with 8 barges loaded with grain, left for Montreal this morning.

The St. Lawrence river steamboat company's boats on the Clayton and Cape Vincent route made their last trips on Saturday.

Arrivals: schrs. L.B. Vance, Picton, light; Eliza White, Charlotte, coal; Acacia, Oswego, coal; Neelon, Chicago, corn; str. Alexandria, Charlotte.

Clearances: strs. Antelope, Clayton; Spartan, Montreal; Alexandria, Montreal; schr. White Oak, Oswego, 125,000 feet of lumber; prop. Myles, Oswego, light.

The strs. Corsican and Spartan go into winter quarters after the 15th inst. The Algerian and Passport will continue on the route until the end of the season.

The prop. Niagara, Manistee to Kingston, timber; prop. Algonquin, Kingston to Cleveland; Dominion and 2 barges, light, Kingston to Toledo, have passed Port Colborne.

The old elevator of the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain railway company at Ogdensburg was burned this morning with 500,000 bushels of corn and oats. It was well insured.

The str. Alexandria passed down the river last night. During the last 3 trips to Charlotte between 2,000 and 3,000 barrels of apples were taken over from bay points.

The schr. Erie Belle, dismasted during the gale a week ago, has been undergoing repairs since in Toronto. She is now ready to encounter anything that comes before her this fall.

A row between union and non-union sailors is reported on board the schr. Belle Hanscom at Buffalo. The captain had hired two non-union sailors to help unload pig iron and the others objected.

Capt. E. Bass, in command of the str. T.R. Proctor, on Canadaraga Lake, at Richfield Springs, N.Y., has returned to Clayton. The str. is owned by Geo. W. Sweet, president of the Rochester, Alexandria Bay and Thousand Island steamboat company.

The str. Stempson, which carried away the gates of lock 18, Welland Canal, is at Buffalo for repairs. She needs a new stern, rudder and wheel. Her owners had to give $10,000 bonds to secure the cost of repairing the lock gates before she was allowed to depart.

Yesterday a captain was ready to clear for Oswego when his crew asked for an advance of wages from $1 to $1.50 per day, or $10 for the round trip. The demand was refused. The captain offered $1.25, or $6 for the round trip, but the men stood firm. The trip yesterday, though the wind was favourable, had to be abandoned. The schooner got away this morning.


Sarnia, Sept. 9th - A fatal collision took place yesterday between Point Edward and Fort Gratiot, in which the schr. Tremble was sunk and a sailor named W. McMaugh was drowned. The steambarge W.L. Wetmore, with the barge Brunette, was entering the river from the lake, and the steambarge Blanchard, with the schooner Tremble loaded with coal in tow, was coming up stream. The Blanchard whistled for the Wetmore to take the American side; the signal was answered and the two steambarges passed each other, but the Wetmore collided with the Tremble and sunk her. There were on board the Tremble Capt. Fitcher, five men and a woman cook, who were mostly all asleep at the time of the collision. The crew all escaped, with the exception of McMaugh, who was up in the rigging, and before he could come down the boat had disappeared. The crew lost all their effects. The steambarge Wetmore was considerably damaged. The Tremble, which is still sunk in the river, is owned by L.A. Fitzpatrick, of Cleveland, and is valued at $12,000.

[The young man was a son of Capt. McMaugh of the M.T. Co.]

An Appointment Made - William McCammon made clerk of market and harbor master of Kingston.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1890