The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1874

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A Bad Smash-Up

Disaster is following the Royal Mail Line as if an evil one had a mortgage on it. An other of the elegant steamers has been disabled. The Magnet, one of the two boats removed from the regular route to form a tri-weekly to South Shore ports, was on her up trip on Saturday when a smash occurred in her machinery, precisely as it happened to the ill-fated Bavarian, but without its worst consequences. The walking beam, cylinder, piston rod and guides were broken, but the body of the boat remained intact and she was brought to anchor on the spot - near Johnson's Light 5 miles below Clayton. The excitement among the passengers was very great, but it was soon allayed by the confident assurances of the officers that all was safe. A telegram was received here for assistance, and Capt. Allen took the tug Lady Franklin down, and on Sunday morning towed the disabled steamer into port. She now lies at the Grand Trunk Wharf. That she was saved at all is a fortune, but the loss even now is serious. The repairs will cost $5000 and occupy two months of running time, besides crippling the facilities of the line, which is doing so much to accommodate passengers on both sides of the lake.

The Harbor - arrivals and departures.

The Foam - Found Off Niagara - raised and taken to Niagara by tug Lion.

W.C. - 18.

Another Escape - Sleepy Canadian upset near Brockville, crew saved.

Tenting On the Old Camp Ground - on Parmenter Island, George Chaffey and steam yacht Falcon. [Reporter]

p.3 Again In Commission - The sch. Theodore Perry met with disaster on Lake Ontario last fall, laid up in Kingston, rebuilt at Detroit dry-dock.

An Honor - new sch. Siberia belonging to Calvin & Breck of Garden Island is described: "she makes the best appearance of any boat of the season." [Toledo Commercial]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1874