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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1876

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p.2 Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co. - a short history, now insolvent.

Port Colborne - Down, Aug. 19th.

p.3 The Belleville Regatta - [Belleville Ontario]

Aug. 22, 1876

p.2 Home Again - sloop Firt, seized by Customs for smuggling kerosene oil in Canada. [Oswego Palladium]

Marine -

Port Colborne - down, Aug. 21st.

The Ferry - Maud to go to Simcoe Island, Pierrepont and Geneva also involved.

p.3 W.W. - Alexandria Bay regatta discussed again.

Aug. 23, 1876

not published

Aug. 24, 1876

p.2 For Liverpool - sch. Riverside.

p.3 Hurt - boy caught foot in walking beam of str. Pierrepont.

Oswego - Capt. Crowley of sch. J.T. Mott, while off Ducks on way to Oswego, saw fire in Oswego, it was his house.

Aug. 25, 1876

p.3 A Good Skiff Race - between Mr. Delos Hinckley in a boat built by W. Smithers, Wolfe Island and Mr. Oadley in a Clayton boat, easily won by Hinckley.

Accident - sailor fell in hold of sch. Brooklyn.

Marine - (part) - The only vessel passing through the Canal for Kingston on Wednesday was the schr. C.A. King, from Chicago, with wheat.

-Messrs. Anglin's steamer City of Kingston, which last season ran on the Rideau, will, according to a recent arrangement, run regularly between Ottawa and Milford and intermediate ports. The Times is informed that a very large picnic will be held in honor of the first arrival of the new steamer.

-A despatch from Picton says: To carry out the original intention of the promoters of the Toronto Navigation Company, a suggestion has been submitted to the stockholders of the Empress of India, to replace her present engine by one of much greater power. The building of a hull of light draft of water, thirty feet beam and 130 feet keel, with the engine and boiler now in the Empress, is also under consideration.

The Schooner Laurel Founders

Capt. Martin Staley, late of the schooner Laurel, arrived in Oswego Wednesday afternoon. The Laurel left Kingston Sunday night at ten o'clock with sixty tons of iron ore for Fair Haven. About midnight, when off the Main Ducks, at least twenty miles to the westward, the vessel commenced to leak, the sea being heavy and the wind fresh, and although the pumps were manned she gradually settled down into the water. It was hoped by the captain that he could fetch Oswego, but the wind changed to the south-west, heading his vessel off, and finding that the water was gaining on the pumps he gave her sheet and pointed for the land at the foot of the lake. When the vessel was within one and a half miles of Big Sandy Creek she sunk in seven fathoms of water, going down head first and with a lurch like a drunken man. Before the vessel sunk signals of distress were hoisted and the yawl, into which the crew got, was lowered into the water, but it was found in bad condition, having been stove in by the waves and davits. The signals were seen by B.F. Nutting and A.C. Nutting, who had started in an open boat from the town of Ellisburg with a cargo of musk melons for Oswego, they pulled toward the sinking vessel and reached her within forty or fifty feet when she sunk. Captain Staley and his crew of two men were saved by fishermen and brought to this city. The rescued sailors unite in saying that but for the timely arrival of Messrs. Nutting they would have surely drowned, as the yawl could not float them.

The Laurel was owned by Captain Staley and his father and was insured for $1,000. She hailed from Kingston, and although not very large, was considered able to cope with the waves. [Palladium]

Aug. 26, 1876

p.2 Marine -

Port Colborne - down, Aug. 25th.

p.3 Successfully Placed - The chain tug, Iroquois, built by E.E. Gilbert & Sons, Montreal, laid the chain very successfully in the Gallops Rapids on Thursday. Messrs. Calvin & Breck's tug Chieftain, Capt. Sughrue, and the str. Arctic, of Morrisburg, assisting.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1876