The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1891

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p.1 Before The House - Ottawa, Aug. 12th - Col. Amyot criticized the management of the Kingston dry dock....


The Princess Louise and the Swan Strike.

About nine o'clock last evening, a steamboat collision occurred near Whiskey Island, the result of a misunderstanding between the captains. The steam yacht Swan, full of picnickers, was coming from Knapp's Point when the captain saw the steamer Princess Louise coming down on her way to Gananoque. The Swan whistled for the Louise to get on the right side, but the master considered she could not cross in safety. He contends that if he had obeyed the order the collision would have been more serious. The Louise might have cut the Swan in two. The boats kept their courses and the collision came unexpectantly for the passengers on both boats. When the engineer of the Louise saw that the boats would strike he began to reverse his engine. The nose of the Swan struck the Louise on her fore quarter on the right side. The Swan bounded back and ran up the side of the Louise, while she drifted towards the main shore. It was with great difficulty she kept from grounding.

The crew of the Princess Louise were anxious about the Swan and followed her to see if she needed assistance. Their fears for her safety were increased when they heard some person in the stern shout: "The Swan is sinking." She was luckily all right and able to keep afloat. Her stem is completely destroyed, and glass in her cabins was broken. Part of her timbers came into port this morning sticking out from the side of the steamer Princess Louise. Several of the Louise's planks are gone and a big hole is left as the result of the collision.

General Paragraphs - Departures: str. Algonquin, Chicago, light; str. Chieftain, Ogdensburg, light; tug Active and four barges, Montreal, grain.

Arrivals: schr. Maggie L., Dexter, light; str. Daisy, Clayton, pleasure party on board; schr. S.H. Dunn, Toledo, 26,692 cubic feet timber; prop. St. Magnus, Toledo, 35,800 bushels rye; schr. Grantham, Charlotte, 665 tons of coal.



The schr. D.J. Suffolk (sic - W.J. Suffel ?) is loading stone at the Kingston penitentiary for Toronto.

The rate on corn to Kingston from Chicago is 4 1/2 cents per bushel. Wheat to Kingston, from Toledo, is quoted to 3 cents free of tolls.

Arrivals at Portsmouth - prop. Niagara, Toledo, 25,000 bushels wheat; prop. Sequin, Chicago, 46,000 bushels corn. Departures - prop. Niagara, Toledo, light; schr. W.J. Suffel, Toronto, stone.

The Barrie Regatta - details.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1891