The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1876

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p.2 A Curiousity - We were shown today a curiousity in the shape of a small swordfish, which was caught in the harbour. It is nine inches long, with a snout nearly 3 inches in length. We believe that there are large numbers of these animals in the harbour and below the bridge, where they pick the oakum out of the seams of barges and vessels, causing sometimes considerable damage.

Drowned - Last night, between eight and nine o'clock, a married woman named Celia Rapatrie was drowned off the steambarge Portsmouth, which was lying alongside the Grand Trunk Railway below Cataraqui Bridge. She was missed soon after her disappearance, and a search was made, without success; but on the suggestion of the captain of the barge a boat was launched and the body was found in the water, quite dead. From what we can learn the woman's husband was captain of the barge burned the other night on Rideau Lake and she was cook on board. When the conflagration took place the crew were taken on board the Portsmouth, and remained there until their arrival at Kingston, where they were to ship on another barge belonging to the same party. An inquest was held this morning at the Police Station by Coroner Shaw, but from the evidence, no light could be thrown on the manner in which the woman came to her death. After the examination of a number of witnesses the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental drowning."

Marine Notes

At Swift's the arrivals today are the Water Lily, from Ottawa; prop. Shickluna from Montreal; and the Adventure, E. Hall and Mary Foster from Oswego, with an aggregate of 500 tons of coal.

Port Colborne, Oct. 12th - Up - schr. Flying Mist, Oswego, Michigan City, coal; M.C. Capron, Thorold, Buffalo, light.

Down - schr. Mystic Star, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Algerine, Erie, Oswego, coal ?; prop. St. Albans, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, wheat.

In Harbour - schrs. Flying Mist, Russian, and James Norris.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1876