The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1891

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schrs. S.H. Dunn and Singapore, belonging to A. Gunn & Co., are lying here awaiting orders. They will probably load iron ore for Charlotte.

The sloop White Wings, Hamilton, will be rigged out with new canvas and overhauled before the race for the Queen's cup, to be sailed at Toronto on July 1st.

The str. Campana ran into the sharp corner of a scow, Monday night, and cut a hole three inches square in her steel plates. She patched up temporarily and left Chicago for Kingston on time.

A.G. Cuthbert, on whose shoulders has fallen the mantle of the late Capt. Cuthbert, of yacht and building renown, has just completed a 25 footer for J. Cooley, of Trenton. It's name is the Odie.


The big steamyacht Siesta, seized yesterday by James Swift & Co., for an old claim against her, was released this morning on the owner, H.H. Warner, of Rochester, putting up bonds to the amount of $4,000. The yacht proceeded down the river to the summer home of Mr. Warner. The cause of her seizure was a collision, three summers ago, with the schr. Annie Foster, Capt. James Kennedy, outward bound from Charlotte, with coal. The schooner was run into and sank. Captain Kennedy has several times attempted to settle, jointly with Swift & Co., the owners of the schooner's cargo, with Mr. Warner, but that gentleman avoided proceedings. Yesterday the yacht ran ashore on Horseshoe Island, and was hauled off by the tug Olevia Gordon, and brought down to Swift's dock. The claim for loss was $3,640.

When the Siesta ran into the Foster, the captain and crew had only time to escape being drowned. They went ashore in yawl boats. The captain and crew of the schooner contend that those in charge of the Siesta were to blame, while the officers of the Siesta deny the charge. When this craft ran on Horseshoe Island, a tug from Oswego was telegraphed for, but none were available. The parties in Oswego sent to Kingston for a wrecker, and the news of the mishap soon reached the interested Kingstonians.

The tug Olivia Gordon (sic) was secured and very little time was lost. When the tug steamed out of port she had on board J.F. Leslie, J.F. Swift, J.C. Meagher, C.F. Smith, W. Shea and T. Donnelly and several coal heavers. The most important passenger on board was deputy sheriff Harry Bates, carrying a writ claiming damages from the owners of the yacht to the extent of $3,640.

When the tug reached the desolate steamyacht the officer and his associates swarmed over the Siesta's side. At some distance from the yacht Mr. Warner saw the tug and men on board his boat. He was alarmed and pulled over to it.

In the meantime Mr. Bates nailed his writ to the mast. When Mr. Warner saw the notice of seizure he was angry and charged the Kingstonians with having rudely disturbed the quietude of himself and ladies by boarding his yacht in his absence.

The tug and yacht were connected by a line and soon the latter was afloat. Mr. Warner asked to be saved from being towed to Kingston. He was given permission to steam up, and Capt. T. Donnelly took charge of the wheel. When he got to Swift's dock the craft was tied and men placed to guard the lines. He said he would defend the suit and gave bonds to the extent of $4,000. Then the yacht was released and proceeded to its destination.


The sloop Jennie is unloading sand at Gold's ? dock.

The schr. Valencia is discharging timber at Garden Island.

The prop. Alma Munro will be here tonight to lighten wheat from Duluth.

Another large raft left Garden Island for Quebec, Tuesday night, in tow of the str. H.A. Calvin.

Arrivals: str. Charles W. Wetmore, Duluth, 70,000 bushels wheat; schr. Ella Murton, Charlotte, coal; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, coal; schr. Eliza Fisher, Fairhaven, coal; tug Hall and four barges, tug Thompson and five barges, Montreal, light.

Clearances: prop. Marion, Charlotte, light; schr. White Oak, Oswego, coal; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, shingles; schr. Maggie L., Dexter, lumber and shingles.

The whaleback steamer Wetmore, with 70,000 bushels wheat, reached here this morning after a very pleasant trip. The wheat will be discharged here, the rapids run, and 90,000 bushels of wheat reloaded at Montreal for Liverpool. The Wetmore will be one of the first American steamers built on inland waters to cross to Liverpool, and the very first to go around the Cape to the Pacific ocean.

As the steamer Spartan was about to leave Montreal yesterday on her regular trip west a sharp explosion was heard. A brief investigation showed that the exhaust pipe of the engine had burst, and in fragments, but leaving a wide crevice. The Spartan, in consequence, is held in port, men being set to work repairing the pipe. The passengers remained on board and will continue their journey with her.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1891