The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1891

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The schr. Flora Emma arrived at the penitentiary dock today with coal from Sodus Point.

The str. Nile and barge Isis arrived last night from Ottawa, and cleared again for Deseronto with lumber.

The str. Maud, chartered by the Rev. Father O'Gorman, cleared today for Ogdensburg with a light passenger list.

The str. Islander arrived today on her first regular trip between the Islands and Kingston. She had a large crowd on board.

The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company will carry steel rails from Montreal to Port Arthur, for the C.P.R. Co., at $3 per ton.

Arrivals - tug Hall and four barges, Montreal, light; tug Thompson and three barges, Montreal, light; schr. Flora Emma, Fairhaven, coal.

The sloop yacht Ariadne, with Capt. Donnelly, jr., Capt. Booth, jr., and J. Cunningham on board, passed through the Welland canal, yesterday, bound for Buffalo.

The prop. Ocean ran on a shoal off Pickering during a dense fog on Thursday night. The crew acted bravely and got the passengers safely ashore. The vessel is hard aground and there will be trouble in getting her off.

Clearances: prop. Marion, Buffalo, light; tug Thompson, Oswego, light; schr. Acacia, Sodus Point, light; schr. Julia, Charlotte, light; schr. F.H. Burton, Oswego, light; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, 60,000 feet of lumber; schr. B.W. Folger, Fairhaven, light.

Many coal handlers are angry. They say they have been deceived by a comrade. He agreed with them to unload vessels laden with coal for not less than 18 cents per ton. He reduced his rate to 14 cents per ton, and the coal handlers say they can make no money out of this low figure.

The following lake craft were wind bound at Port Colborne by a fierce south-west gale, which raged yesterday and last night on Lake Erie: Armenia, Norway, Acadia, Defiance and Belle Hanscombe. Carter Bros' wrecking fleet was being got in readiness last night to proceed anywhere that they might be needed, as soon as the storm abated.



Toronto, July 3rd - description of summer gale at Toronto - (part)

....The morning trip of the Cibola to Niagara from this port was an exciting one. She had a good load of passengers and when in mid-lake she entered the bulls-eye of the storm. The Cibola lies low in the water and the consequence was that she got quite a ducking. Big seas washed her decks. So frightened were some of the passengers that the majority returned to the city by train, reaching Toronto about 9 p.m. The Cibola got back to her Toronto moorings safely, however, and waited for two hours after her afternoon time for starting to see if the gale would abate. A telegram from her sister ship, the Chicora, at Niagara, stating that she would start for Toronto and that the storm was subsiding, caused the Cibola to once more essay the outward journey. The wind was so high that she couldn't back out satisfactorily and a tug was employed to take her out into open water, when she started and reached her destination at dark without meeting with any misadventure.


That old sea dog, Capt. Powers, met with his first mishap on the big lakes Thursday night, when his staunch propeller, the Ocean, went ashore two miles west of Pickering harbor and began about as if she would break every bone in her body. She was bound from Montreal to this port with a general cargo, and the Eurydice of Toronto was telegraphed for. That steamer, Capt. Jackson, ran down the shore and took off the Ocean's load, and thus lightened the latter boat drove further up on the sands and filled with water.

The removal of the cargo was a perilous undertaking in a howling gale, but it was successfully accomplished by daylight, whereupon the Eurydice made this port. On making Geddes' Wharf the high sea running at the time dashed her against the head of the pier, knocking a patch of skin off her nose, smashing in her gangway and tearing away her starboard fender rail.

Capt. Jackson stated that the Ocean will not be a total loss, but that there would be enough of her left to swim out with. The Ocean is owned by her Captain, Mr. Geddes, and Mr. A.E. McKay, the latter a Hamilton wharfinger. Nobody was injured but the sailors had a terrible night of it.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1891