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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1873

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p.2 A Lighthouse Wanted - A petition for transmission to the Dominion Government is now receiving the signatures of the citizens to this effect: that there are some dangerous shoals below and in the neighbourhood of Oak Point, off Wolfe Island, in the Province of Ontario; and that for the protection of vessels navigating the waters of the River St. Lawrence, it is expedient that a light-house be erected in that locality; the petitioners therefore pray that a light-house be placed on Pismire Point.

Disaster On Lake Ontario - The Rochester Union of last evening states as follows:

"On Saturday night a disaster occurred on Lake Ontario about 10 or 12 miles east of the mouth of the Genessee River. The steam tug Mellie Spencer went on Friday to the Ontario pier in Wayne county with a large scow which was loaded there with iron ore from the Ontario mines for the blast furnace at Charlotte. The scow was well laden with about 130 tons. On the way back a gale came up, and when the tug was off Lyon's Point the scow foundered in the heavy sea. There were three men on board who were rescued by the tug, which was in command of Capt. J.B. Estes, an old navigator, who understood his business. The scow was not very valuable. It was necessarily used for boating ore because of its light draft. The water at Ontario is shallow.

p.3 Custom Imports - str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent (with cargo list)

p.4 Marine News

The propeller Enterprise, having discharged her cargo of grain at Macphie's wharf, departed this morning, light, for Port Colborne.

The schooner Edward Blake, which started yesterday for Hamilton, with iron, has returned, being unable to pass through the ice between Four and Nine Mile Points.

The schooner Persia has gone to Portsmouth to load stone for Toronto.

The tug E.D. Edsall made a cruise around the harbour yesterday, testing her machinery.

The schooner Jessie Scarth is loading 200 tons of pig iron at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf for Detroit.

The schooner Hammond is loading iron ore at Cape Vincent for Cleveland.

Steamers and propellers can plough through the ice at the Gaps, but it is a task too difficult for vessels to undertake.

The schooner E.G. Benedict is the first arrival at Belleville this season. She is to be loaded immediately with rye, when she will proceed to Oswego.

Lights Along The South Shore of Lake Erie - There are 31 lights exhibited on the south side of Lake Erie, not including those at Buffalo. They are stationed as follows: - Dunkirk, Erie, Conneaut, Ashtabula, Fairport, Cleveland, Black River, Vermillion, Huron, Sandusky, Green Island, West Sister Island, Marble Head and Turtle Island, which are regular light-houses. The others are beacons, located on the ends of piers or other places.

Port Colborne, April 22nd - Arrived - prop. Empire, Detroit, Ogdensburg; prop. Young America. Went out, schrs. Reed Case, Bigler, Olive Branch, Guiding Star, W.J. Whaling.

The prop. Empire reports seeing the schr. Montauk, which went out yesterday, near the Point. No ice. The Empire kept the north shore, and saw no ice to interfere with vessels.

The Hiram A. Calvin towed the brig H. Rooney, barque London and schooners Augusta and Norway through the ice at the gaps today. The steamer charges $8 per hour from the time of her departure till her return to port. She also brought down the schooner Sweet Home, which was driven ashore off Wolfe Island by the ice.

Chicago Grain - The amount of grain of all kinds now in store and afloat in vessels at Chicago, as communicated in our American despatches published elsewhere, is enormous for so early a date in the season of navigation. This fact, combined with the probabilities of rich crops in the far west, are certainly favourable indications of a prosperous commercial trade and remunerative business. Rejoice ye who are interested in shipping matters!

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1873