The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 May 1891

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The White Oak leaves tonight for Oswego to load coal for Kingston.

The schr. Eliza Fisher cleared for Oswego to load coal for Breck & Booth.

The tug Glide and four barges, with grain, left for Montreal yesterday.

The tug Thompson, with three barges, left today for Oswego, light, to load coal for Montreal.

The tug Walker, with the Minnedosa and Kildonan, and the prop. Glengarry, with the Gaskin and Glenora in tow, passed up the Detroit river yesterday.

N. Henderson has completed a fine sailing yacht thirty feet in length and built on the compromise model. He expects to carry off some trophies at the races in the summer.

Sharman Bros. have another new skiff this season from which great things are expected. She is 22 feet long and is decked in leaving an 8 foot cockpit while her lines are very shapely. She is a handsome boat all round.

The model and lines of the str. North King were made by Davis & Sons, shipbuilders, of this city, and set by Capt. J.W. Pierce, of Evansville, Ind. If she proves herself as good a seaboat and as fast as expected, the mechanics of our city should have all the credit. The work is as good as can be done in any other place.


[Montreal Star]

A very large raft of square timber, belonging to Calvin & Co., of Garden Island, and in tow of the tug Traveller, bound to Quebec, went to pieces in the Lachine Rapids about 7 o'clock this morning. As the raft was coming down the rapids the force of the current and tossing of the waves broke some of the fastenings, and in an instant the raft was torn asunder and the separate pieces were being driven down the current. On the main body of the raft, which unfortunately held together, were the majority of the men who had it in charge, fourteen in all being required for this purpose. A number of the men, however, happened to be on some of the detached pieces of the raft, which, being driven round and round by the force of the current, placed them in imminent danger of their lives. People along the shore could see them waving their hats and coats for some one to come out and save them. One large section of the raft, as it approached the Victoria bridge, was dashed with great force against one of the centre piers and separated. It was foggy at the time, and those who saw the occurrence thought for an instant that the men were lost. They reappeared again, however, and drifted down till the timber grounded just above the Island. As the pieces of the raft went past the Victoria bridge it could be seen that it was very much broken up, the pieces taking fully an hour and a half to pass. Parts of the raft, those parts in which the men were, grounded on St. Helen's Island, and the men were noticed from the city. Jos. Vincent sent out a couple of boats and they were all rescued, very much frightened over their adventure. The rest of the raft floated on down the river, and pieces of it were passed by the steamship Vancouver while coming up the river this morning. The Traveller started out to pick up the floating timber and some of it has been saved.

Was Not Its Raft.

This morning Mr. Calvin, of the Calvin Co., stated that the raft did not belong to the company. A week ago Saturday a raft left Garden Island for Quebec and arrived there last night all right. The Montreal pressmen should get their marine information more correctly if they want the public to have faith in their reports. The raft referred to was in the Lachine rapids last Thursday. The statement that the loss of the raft will fall on insurance companies is a mistake. Insurance companies will not take risks on rafts.

The raft which was wrecked contained 3 drams and was consigned to Quebec by the Collinsby rafting company a week ago Sunday. One dram of oak timber is on the head of St. Helen's Island. Another dram is broken up and part of the other is in the rapids. Mr. Leslie was notified of the accident last night. Most of the timber will be saved.

General Paragraphs - The str. Rideau Belle left for Ottawa today.

The schr. B.W. Folger left for Fairhaven today.

The prop. Persia called yesterday on her first trip from St. Catharines to Montreal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 May 1891