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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1873

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Jones & Miller's wharf - Schr. Eliza Quinlan, Toronto, 9,000 bush. wheat. The barge Juno leaves this evening for Montreal with 10,000 bush. wheat.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - Rising Star, Chicago, 18,132 bush. corn; Rival, Chicago, 14,837 bush. corn; City of Manitouwac, Chicago, 21,461 bush. wheat; Lillie Pratt, Toledo, 13,920 bush. corn. The tug Elfin arrived with five barges and 280 tons rail iron.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - Strs. Passport, Spartan, and York passed up; and Athenian and Corinthian down; props. St. Lawrence up, and Armenia down.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - Antelope, Toledo, 11,420 bush. corn; Jessie McDonald, Wellington, 5,075 bush. wheat; prop. Alma Munro, Chicago, lightened 4,000 bush. wheat; and prop. Persia, Chicago, lightened 4,500 bush. wheat.

Survey of the River St. Lawrence - Many enquiries have been made this summer as to the meanng of the large white crosses, figures, numbers, and other marks on the islands and rocks in the river; and it has been generally supposed that they had some reference to the survey of the islands which has recently been made by order of the Canadian Government. This supposition is not correct; the marks are those of the American engineers. The United States Government has now a party at work, under the direction of Gen. Comstock, in making an accurate chart of the river, including all islands, points, bays, channels, and even the houses that are visible from the water; also the depth of water and locality of shoals. The marks on the rocks are used as termini for 'sounding lines,' the depth of water being ascertained in straight lines running from one number to another, and carefully noted down. The surveying party numbers about one hundred men; they are divided into two gangs, one of which is at present camped on Wells', and the other on Grindstone Island. The headquarters are on board the steamship Eddy, a large and powerful propeller that was captured while running the blockade at Charleston during the late war. A small steamer and a number of other boats are also in use. The Eddy is a high and narrow vessel, built for speed, but does not seem very well adapted for heavy weather. She ran on a rock near the Fiddler's Elbow, a few nights ago, and rolled so completely on her side that she came near foundering; but the water being pretty deep all around, she fairly rolled off the shoal, and righted without doing much damage. [Gananoque Reporter]

Port Colborne, Aug. 23rd - Up: Schrs. D. Freeman, Union Jack, E. Cohen, Orient, barges John Wesley, India, John Marks, S.H. Lathrop, props. America, Europe, Brooklin, Bristol, barque Gen. Burnsides.

Down: Schrs. H.P. Murray, Sandusky, Kingston, wheat; Smith & Post, Toledo, do., do.; prop. Oswegatchie, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Empire, Toledo, do., do.; schrs. Gladstone, Eagle Dock, Garden Island, staves; Itasca, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Sea Gull, Toledo, Ogdensburg, corn; A. Falconer, Dresden, Kingston, staves; barque Republic, Chicago, do., corn.

The Harbour - Mr. Kingsford arrived in the city yesterday, and in company with the Mayor, the President of the Board of Trade, Mr. W.B. Simpson, Mr. Ford, Mr. Power, and Dr. Sullivan, he this morning made an inspection of the harbour.

An Accident To the Spartan - Last night, about eleven o'clock, wild rumors were flying about the hotels that the steamer Spartan, with 400 passengers on board, had run aground at the head of the rapids and was in great danger. We immediately repaired to the Water Police Station, and to the sheds of the Company at the Canal Basin, to gather the real facts of the case. We found them to be these: A little after the Spartan had got through the rapids, some of the gear connected with the rudder chain was put out of order, and night coming on, the Captain judged it prudent not to attempt to pass under Victoria Bridge until the damage was repaired. The vessel anchored off Nun's Island, and information having been sent to the city, Captain Howard went up in a carriage to find out the real state of things. Carpenters were also sent up to do the necessary repairs, and at peep of day, the steamer will be safely in her berth. There are 250 passengers on board, but no commotion took place, and everything was done for the best. By the time these lines are perused, the passengers will have safely reached their destination in the city. [Montreal Gazette of Saturday]

Montreal, Aug. 24th - The Spartan arrived safely in port yesterday morning at 5 o'clock. The cause of her delay was that the sheave of her rudder blocks broke and the wheel chain jammed, leaving her unmanageable. If the break had occurred ten minutes earlier, the Spartan would in all probability have been lost.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1873