The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1870

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p.2 The Fenians - U.S. gunboat Michigan cruising near Port Colborne.

-Marine - The Bruce, which was raised from her sunken position near Morrisburg, is still in drydock at Ogdensburg repairing.

-steam barge Kitty Friel safe.

-foresail of sch. Azov caught fire at wharf; spark came from grain elevator.

-The barge Hemlock, hence from Ogdensburg in tow of the tug Swan, with a cargo of shingles, was on Sunday morning burned to the water's edge, near Cross-Over lighthouse, between Gananoque and Alexandria Bay. One fourth of the cargo was jettisoned; the remainder was lost. The fire caught through a spark from the tug. The Hemlock, (alias the Agony), is an old stager on the Rideau, and gave the first idea, though a crude one, of the steam barges now plying in numbers on the Canal. She was owned by Messrs. Gurney & Glidden, who held an insurance for $900 in the Aetna Insurance company on her. The cargo is owned by Mr. Whitney of Boston, and was valued at $4000, and was not insured.

p.3 Red River Boats - anticipated 8 orders for boats to be built in Kingston.

-High Life - many sailors in town because of grain fleet.

-The Gunboats - Rescue pronounced unseaworthy, replaced by Prince Alfred.

-Police Court - 9 Frenchmen charged with refusing to work on Capt. Putnam's barges according to agreement.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1870