The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Oct. 30, 1875

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p.2 Yesterday morning about 2 a.m., a collision took place between some barges near the Sister Light, about 18 miles up the river. The facts are as follows: The tug Gardiner was going West with the barges Argosy, Black Diamond, and a schooner in tow, and the tugs Bronson and Glide, lashed together, were coming east, with eight barges loaded with grain in tow. At the place where the collision occurred, the channel is very narrow, and a great number of shoals are in the vicinity. The tugs passed each other all right, hugging the shore on either side as closely as possible, and after passing they again made for deep water. At this juncture the barges swung around, the ones loaded with grain, coming into collusion with the Argosy and Black Diamond with great force. Both the barges were badly injured, the Black Diamond especially having her bow split and splintered, so that it was almost impossible to prevent her sinking. The barges containing the grain were somewhat damaged, but not seriously. The Gardiner then put about and managed to reach this port with her tow. The affair was purely accidental, and no blame can be attached to either of the tugs. [Brockville Enterprise] (tug Gardner ?)

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Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Oct. 30, 1875