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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1891

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p.1 We Knew He Would - Howard S. Folger, manager of the Thousand Island steamboat company, is showing great ability [Watertown Times]


The barge Duluth is on Davis' dry dock receiving new bilges.

The prop. Myles, from Chicago, with corn, has arrived here.

The str. Cuba lightened 7,500 bushels rye yesterday from Chicago, and proceeded to Montreal.

Clearances: schr. Hanlan, Oswego, lumber; str. Calvin and schr. Valencia in tow, Chicago, light.

The steamyacht Swan, damaged during a collision with the Princess Louise, was launched from Davis' dry dock yesterday, after receiving necessary repairs.

The lighthouse supply steamer Canada will arrive here tonight, having completed her tour of the lakes. She has on board a cargo of wheat from Chicago and a large number of round trip passengers.

Davis & Son have been asked to make models and plans of a steamboat 180 feet long for a company in Brockville. If built she will be used as an excursion boat on the river. Her speed will be 18 miles an hour.

The schr. S.C. Pomeroy, burned off Oak Orchard with a load of coal, appears not to be badly injured. She is insured, hull in the Insurance company of North America, $4,500; Union Marine, Detroit F. & M., Michigan F. & M., each $1,500; total $9,000. Cargo for $2,600 and freight list for $600, both in the Western.

Regarding the recent collision Capt. Craig of the Swan states that if the damages to his boat are not made good, he will demand an investigation and secure the amount of damages by legal process. Capt. Rothwell of the Princess Louise is certain that the position he took was the correct one, and that an investigation would prove such to be the case.

Capt. Rees, late of the steamer Wanderer, says he resigned because there were too many bosses over him. His reason for not running the search-light trip was because he claimed the new search-light was not powerful enough. He says that he did not want to fool the people by taking them on an excursion to see the islands by flashlight when the light was poor and not what it was advertised to be. "I have tried a number of times," he said, "to get the directors together and test the light, but have failed to get more than two on the boat at one time."

Since the Charles W. Wetmore took a cargo of wheat to Liverpool, various claims have been made as to the pioneers in that trade. Capt. John Prindiville, Chicago, says the brigantine Minnesota was the first boat from the lakes to receive permission from the Canadian government to go down the St. Lawrence river. This was in 1850, and the Minnesota took down a large cargo of copper. In 1855 the Dean Richmond took a cargo of grain from Milwaukee to Liverpool, and in 1873 the schooner Pamlico was chartered for corn from Chicago to Cork, at 28 cents per bushel.

Collision On the River.

The second marine collision in this neighborhood, within a week occurred last night, this one resulting much more seriously than the last. The stmr. Princess Louise put out from here shortly after 11 o'clock last night with a party of Gananoque excursionists on board. After about an hour's run the little steamer was nearly opposite the foot of Howe Island. The passengers were joking, laughing, flirting, etc. in conventional style and all were "merry as a marriage bell" when the sudden reversing of the engines, followed by a severe shock as the boat struck, startled the timid ones and caused a cessation of the revelry but no panic ensued.

Then it was found that the Cora W. Post from Gananoque to Kingston with 15,000 bricks was drifting alongside and filling fast through a large hole in her port side aft of the mainmast. She had been sailing without lights and in the darkness had not been noticed by the wheelsman of the Louise hence the accident. The schooner's crew, Frank Seymur (captain and owner) and John Brennan were quickly transferred to the steamer which was quite uninjured by the collision. In three minutes no trace of the Cora Post's hull was to be seen. This morning, however, it is learned that she is floating near the scene of the mishap lying on her side and with part of the cargo still in her hold.

The Cora W. Post has been engaged all this season in bringing brick from Gananoque for the Oddfellow's hall now in course of erection here. She was formerly owned by Ira Folger, of this city. After being picked up by the hands of the Princess Louise one of the men stated that his only regret was that a bottle of whiskey had gone down in the wreck. This may,perhaps, explain the cause of the collision.

Pleasure Of a Trip - from river to Rochester.

p.4 Went Down the Rapids - The Long Sault - in a row-boat.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1891