The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - Swift & Co's wharf - The props Her Majesty and Brantford passed down last night. The steam barge R. Anglin, with 100 cords wood, arrived last night from the Rideau Canal. The sloop Greyhound, light, arrived yesterday afternoon from Oswego; she returned today with lumber. The schr Pearl, light, from Oswego, arrived yesterday; she returned today with lumber. The steam barge Hemlock arrived yesterday afternoon from Brewer's Mills, with lumber. The bark Thermutis, for Liverpool, England, will leave tonight, her lighter accompanying her to Montreal.

J.H. Henderson & Co's wharf - The sch Uncle Tom arrived last night from Toledo with 14,500 bush wheat (new cargo). The barge Yarrow will leave tonight for Montreal with 10,800 bush wheat, and 8 barrels potash. The barges Robin and Tiger, light, arrived this morning from Montreal.

The M.T. Company's wharf - The barge Oneida arrived last night from Montreal with 200 sacks of salt, and 28 cases of plate glass.

Glassford, Jones & Co's wharf - The sch Victor, from Cleveland with 16,521 bush wheat, the schr Welland, from Toledo, with 10,000 bush wheat, and the barges Dixie and Teviot, from Port Henry, with combined cargoes of 420 tons of iron ore, arrived yesterday. The barge Stadacona with 16,420 bush wheat, and barge Monarch with 10,000 bush wheat, will leave tonight for Montreal.

The bark Mary Jane, from Milwaukee, which left here on Saturday evening in tow of the H. Calvin for Prescott, went ashore the same night on the Sisters' reef, near Brockville. A steam tug with pump has been sent to her assistance, but the particulars of the accident have not yet been received here.

On Friday afternoon last, the schr Mary Fox, from Napanee to Oswego with lumber, grounded on the Salmon Island shoal, and was compelled to jetison her deck load to clear herself.

The bark Cavalier, from Hamilton, with walnut lumber, arrived this morning.

The sch Gazelle arrived on Sunday morning from Oswego, light. She is about to prepare for the grain trade.

Garden Island - Arrivals since yesterday, the sch Mary Taylor, from Port Stanley, with staves, bark Fanny Campbell, from Toledo, with timber; bark Bessie Berwick, from Toledo, with timber; and sch Oriental, with timber, from Toledo. Cleared - The brig Roney and B. Berwick, light, for Toledo.


Sarnia, Aug. 4th - The steamer Silver Spray of Goderich was run into on Friday night by the propeller Comet, bound from Buffalo for Green Bay. The accident happened at 10 o'clock p.m. The Spray left Goderich at three o'clock, and was near the Canada shore. Just before entering the St. Clair river the Comet had got out of the river, and when first seen was running as it were for the Canada shore and right in the course of the Spray. Capt. Rowan, of the Spray, whistled, and then after a minute or two, seeing that the Comet did not change her course he whistled again, but the Comet held right on and struck the Spray on the port side right in front of the paddle box. The Comet's speed had been greatly slackened, but if she had not struck the Spray's boilers she would have run right through her and sunk her in an instant. Capt. Rowan and officers and men of the Spray, and young Detlor, of Goderich, one of the owners, did their duty well. The boats were got out and ladies and other passengers got safely off and on board the Comet. There were about 20 passengers and eighteen of a crew, and all were got off safely. The Spray, which was gradually settling in the water, sunk in 15 minutes, a portion of her upper deck remaining out of the water. A number of passengers lost their clothing, and there was scarcely anything saved except the boats, books and papers. The Comet, which was injured on the bows by the collision, took the passengers and crew to Port Huron. No blame is attached to Captain Rowan or any of the officers of the Spray. The Comet did not answer the Spray's whistle, and she was clearly off her course when she struck the Spray. There was only a small quantity of freight on the Spray. She was owned by J.V. Detlor & Co., Goderich, and insured, amount unknown.

The Rideau Canal - The repairs at Jones's Falls locks are so far completed that arrangements have been made to pass through the steamer City of Ottawa tomorrow night; the vessel will accordingly leave here tomorrow at noon. It is understood that barges will not yet be passed through, as there are still additions to be made to the complete repair of the work. The prevailing pleasant weather offers an admirable opportunity for tourists and others of availling themselves of the services of this fine steamer in taking a pleasant trip through a beautiful chain of lakes presenting some of the most romantic scenery in North America.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1869