The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1877

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p.3 A Smash - Shortly before two o'clock this afternoon a collision occurred at the harbour which might have been attended with serious, if not fatal consequences. The steam hoist of the Montreal Transportation Company had been engaged all morning in unloading iron ore from the schr. Skylark, and at the time mentioned a large gaff was hanging over the railway track. A train of cars belonging to the Kingston and Pembroke Railway came up, and one of the cars caught hold of the gaff, wrenching it off, and pulling down the mast, which fell over the engine house, causing a general smash. The steam pipe was broken, as was also the throttle valve, and the steam blew off in a furious manner. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the damage done is considerable. With the mast coming up a portion of the deck is also torn up. A large crowd speedily assembled to see the accident.

Marine Notes

J. Swift & Co. - Arrivals - steamer D.C. West from Newboro; steamer Granite State from Ogdensburg; prop. Dromedary from Montreal; steamer Oswego Belle from Belleville; steamer Algerian from Hamilton; prop. Persia from St. Catharines.

Holcomb & Stewart's - Departures, in tow of the tug Chieftain, barges Siren, 22,500 bush. barley; Jet, 22,700 bush. barley; Lark, 20,100 bush. barley; Hawk, 12,500 bush. barley, wheat and corn.

Sunk - On Monday last, at Goose Bay, down the St. Lawrence, an accident occurred to the schr. Skylark. She was coming up the river with a load of iron ore from Ogdensburg to Cleveland, and while in Goose Bay the steambarge Abercorn which was wooding at a pier there, backed out and collided with the schooner. The latter filled and sank. A telegram was sent to Kingston for help and Captain Donnelly went down with a steam pump and succeeded in raising the vessel and bringing her to Kingston, where she will be discharged and the extent of her injuries ascertained. She is insured in three companies.

The Lachine Canal Break - The leak in the Lachine Canal has caused a detention of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company's steamers, the opposition steamers, Bohemian and St. Francis, the Ottawa River Navigation Company's boats, the Western Express Company's and Merchants' Line of boats. The canal at Lachine is also jammed full of barges and all kinds of crafts. All the mills along the canal, which depend on water power to run their machinery, are also idle, and a large force of labouring men are debarred from earning full wages. The water was let into the canal about nine o'clock last night. This morning an immense number of boats passed through the canal.

Port Colborne, June 12th - Up - schooners Wm. Raynor, Fairhaven, Toledo, coal; Queen of the Lakes, Toronto, Black River, light; Bessie Barwick, Port Metcalfe, Muskegon, light; Mystic, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; Hercules of Hamilton, blank, light; Penokee, Kingston, Erie, light; D.A. Wells, Port Colborne, Buffalo, light; props. St. Albans, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; Canada, Montreal, Chicago, light; Argyle, Quebec, Bay City, gen. cargo; Lake Erie, Montreal, Port Dover, gen. cargo.

Down - schooners Willie Keller, Bay City, Oswego, lumber; Wawanosh, Bay City, Garden Island, lumber; Bermuda, Port Burwell, Oshawa, logs; A.W. Luckey, Black River, Toronto, coal; Emerald, Lake Superior, Collinsby, timber; Shandon, Lake Superior, Collinsby, timber; Nellie Wilder, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Victor, Bay City, Kingston, staves; David A. Wells, Chicago, Port Colborne, corn; props. Columbia, Toledo, Montreal, corn; Acadia.

In Harbour - schooners Hercules and Defiance.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1877