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

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Work is running along smoothly at the dry-dock.

The str. Armenia is loading barrelled salt for Deseronto at Rathbun's.

The prop. St. Magnus has broken a wheel and can't get out of Port Arthur.

The scows Jessie and Annella are unloading sand at the drydock from Wolfe Island.

The tug Glide on Saturday took 2 barges to Deseronto, to load lumber for Oswego.

The schr. Nellie Hunter arrived with grain from Picton, which is now being transhipped into barges for Montreal.

The scow Idlewild finished loading pig iron at the Montreal Transportation Company's dock today, and left for Picton. The consignees are J.C. Wilson & Co.

The str. Alexandria passed down this morning at 8 o'clock, but for some reason did not call. Some gentlemen who expected to go aboard here were much disappointed.

Arrivals: tug Glide and 4 barges, Montreal, light; prop. Alma Munro, Chicago, grain; schr. Macdonald, Napanee, buckwheat; schr. White Oak, Fairhaven, coal.

The old burnt tug McArthur was brought to Davis dry-dock today. She will be docked tomorrow, for the purpose of taking out the bed plates of the engine, shaft and all the iron work.

The tug Lily is on the Davis dry-dock with the str. Rideau Belle for repairs. The Lily will be caulked all over; the Belle will have some minor repairs on her bottom. Both will then go into winter quarters.

R. Davis, with an engineer and pilot, left for Ottawa by the K. & P. R.R. last night, to bring the str. Adonis to Kingston to be rebuilt and lengthened, and to have a new cabin put on during the coming winter.

On Saturday afternoon, Capt. T. Donnelly inspected the str. Reliance sunk some time ago, and afterwards repaired. She is now in a seaworthy condition, and stronger than before. She was launched at Deseronto today.

The schr. Singapore is being caulked and painted, but will not lay up for a month yet. When her overhauling is finished she will load lumber for Oswego and then proceed to Charlotte where she will take on a cargo of coal oil for C.F. Gildersleeve, of this city.

Clearances: tug Thompson and 4 barges, Montreal, light; tug Glide and 2 barges, Deseronto, light; schrs. Annie Falconer, Oswego, light; St. Louis, Fairhaven, light; sloop Swallow, Clayton, lumber; schrs. Snowbird, Oswego, lumber; Fleetwing, Oswego, lumber.

The steambarge Alberta, laying at anchor at Grenadier Island with a load of pressed hay belonging to D.L. Fitzgerald, bound for Ogdensburg, was tossed over on her side by a puff of wind and 147 bales of hay went overboard. This makes 213 bales of hay that Mr. Hinckley has had the misfortune to lose overboard in his last 3 trips to Ogdensburg.

The schr. Gulnair, loaded with red stone from Portage Entry, Mich., bound for Hamilton, went ashore on North Point Reef, Thunder Bay. The Gulnair is owned by Thomas Myles & Son, Hamilton, and was in charge of Capt. Wm. Skelton. She was not insured, but the cargo is fully covered. The Gulnair is valued at $6000. The schooner will be completely wrecked. A heavy sea has been running ever since she struck and she lies in an exposed position. If at all possible the Alpena tug company will tow her off. The Gulnair's crew got to shore in safety.

General Paragraphs - The steambarge Bruno was wrecked some distance from Algoma Mills.

The prop. Alma Munro arrived this afternoon from the west with a cargo of grain for the M.T. Co.

The wages of the labourers at the dry dock have been reduced from $1.50 to $1.25 per day.

The steam launch Laura, the property of Lewis Francis, was considerably shaken up yesterday. She was torn from her anchors in Breck & Booth's slip by the wind and thrown in against the line of boathouses, there staving in both sides. The playful sou'wester then picked it up again and washed it ashore.


The storm yesterday, although very fierce, has not done as much damage as might have been expected. The casualties so far reported are of a minor character, and, from a financial point of view, are not at all serious, although the delays to some vessels for repairs will inconvenience their owners considerably. During yesterday morning the gale was raging steadily and at noon was at its greatest height, compelling the vessels around the harbor, which were not in shelter, to find a safe place in short order. The steamer Pierrepont went behind the Montreal Transportation Company's long wharf, and the Islander behind Richardson's elevator, where comparative calm was found.

About eleven o'clock the schr. Macdonald, scow Maggie L. and several other small crafts, which had been caught out in the lake, came down the bay at a furious rate. The Khartoum was started out during the morning, but a break in the machinery allowed her to drift over nearly on Point Frederick, but fortunately her engine was fixed and started in time to save her from wreckage.

The hands at Breck & Booth's coal yard were kept busy while the storm lasted. The gale had caught the schr. Ella Murton in a bad position, the seas throwing her heavily against the dock again and again. The men had to hustle to keep the vessel from doing serious damage. Bales of hay, bunchwood, etc., were thrown between the dock and the Murton, but in spite of these precautions the incessant banging against the cribwork made splinters of some of the boards, but the vessel herself was not injured at all. The schooner Grantham, lying in the slip close by, was well protected and hardly felt the force of the wind.

The prop. Ocean, due here yesterday morning, on her last round trip from Hamilton, was compelled to lay over at Glenora, having come through the Murray canal. She arrived this morning. The prop. Persia braved the gale and, although making very slow headway, went outside Prince Edward from here on her way to St. Catharines.

The schr. Wave Crest, from Oswego, with a load of coal, ran into port yesterday for shelter.

The str. Spartan, lying at the Grand Trunk dock, rolled considerably and her lines, chafed by the edge of the dock, were almost cut in two. Altogether the shipping in the harbor escaped very lightly from the effects of a storm which old hands say was one of the fiercest known for many years.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 10, 1890