The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1873

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p.1 A Young Sailor Drowned - This (Monday) morning about 10 minutes before 5 o'clock, a young man named Daniel McNeil, one of the crew of the brig. M.L. Breck of Kingston, went a short distance ahead of the vessel to Lock 2, probably for the purpose of assisting in making the lock ready for the vessel, when he unfortunately fell into the water. The consequent splash was heard by Mr. Walter Weaver, one of the lock tenders, who at once hurried to the spot, where the young man's hat was still floating on the surface. He immediately called for the crew of the vessel, and procured the necessary tools for grappling. In about twenty-five minutes the body was recovered, but life had departed. The melancholy circumstances were at once made known to Dr. Comfort, coroner, who proceeded to impannel a jury, with Mr. John Riley as forman. The jury, after hearing all attainable evidence, returned a verdict of "accidental drowning." It was elicited from witnesses that the ill-fated youth was from the North of Ireland, and perfectly sober and steady in his habits. His brother is a sailor on the Jessie Breck which passed up the canal on Saturday. His clothing and other property, together with $65.50 in money due to him from the vessel were given in charge to Constable Oswald. [St. Catharines News]

p.2 Marine News

Coulthurst & McPhie's wharf - Craftsman, Bay City, 26,862 pipe staves, and 29,380 West India staves; J.G. Magrath (McGrath ?), Toledo, 12,654 bush. wheat. The barge B. leaves tonight with 13,384 bush. wheat.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - Grace Shannon, Chicago, 19,233 bushels wheat. The tug Bronson arrived with six barges.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The steamer Passport and propeller East up, and steamer Corsican down. Steam-barge Nile, with a gen. cargo, and steam-barge Rose with coal, left for Rideau Canal.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - The prop. Alma Munro, Port Stanley, lightened 300 bush. white wheat.

Low Freight - The schr. Magellan has been loading a cargo of bulk salt at Messrs. Gunn & Co.'s wharf for Milwaukee, at 75 cents per ton. This is the lowest freight of the season, and is a great contrast to last year, when the freights were from $3.50 to $4 per ton.

There has been a great many vessels repaired at the shipyard within the last few weeks, most of them being fitted for the grain trade.

Port Colborne, Sept. 30th - Up: Schr. D.M. Foster, S.T. Atwater, Gold Hunter, Starling, steam-barge Turner, barge Acton, Eureka, Shraford (sic).

Down: schrs. L.A. Burton, Chicago, Port Colborne, wheat; Albatross, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; S.J. Luff, Muskegan, Ogdensburg, lumber.

On Saturday afternoon the Active, a large and powerful new screw tug, which has been building for some months past at the shipyard of the Montreal Transportation Company, near Seigneurs street, started down the canal on her trial trip. She behaved well, and was an attractive spectacle as she lay at the canal entrance, brightly painted, and all her flags flying. She is 125 feet in length, 24 ft. beam, and 13 ft. depth of hold, and is propelled by a low pressure engine of nominally 75 horse power. She cost complete about $30,000, and is a valuable addition to the fleet of tugs owned by the Montreal Transportation Co. She is commanded by Capt. Jas. Murray, and will commence towing between Kingston and the East. Several prominent members of the Montreal Transportation Company paid her a visit on Saturday.

p.4 Custom Imports - Sept. 27th - Steamer Passport, Hamilton, 4 bbls. fruit, R. Town.

Schr. J.S. Richards, Milwaukee, 18,000 bush. wheat, Jones & Miller.

Steamer Africa, Toledo, 3,808 bush. wheat, M.T. Co.

Steamer Saxon, Little Sodus, 4 bbls. apples, B. Freil; 250 tons coal, J. Swift & Co.

Sept. 29th - Schr. Water Witch, Sandy Creek, 600 water melons, G. Wood.

Prop. Sovereign, Milwaukee, 4,832 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Stewart.

Prop. Prussia, Milwaukee, 4,005 bush. wheat, do.

Prop. Scotia, Milwaukee, 3,992 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Stewart.

Sloop Pearl, Henderson, 900 melons, 1 bx acid, A. Stevens.

Str. Picton, Montreal, 319 bars iron, Calvin & Breck.

Sept. 30th - Sloop Ella Jane, Little Sodus, F.J. Rose, 11 bbls., 8 bush. apples, 8 bush. pears.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1873