The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1891

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p.4 Killed Their Captain - Owen Sound, Oct. 24th - Capt. Aleck Donnelly, of the Greyhound, which sailed out of Kincardine, was killed in his coaster the other day at Stokes Bay. It appears he was in the hold and one of the truckers dumped a truck of cordwood down the hatchway upon him without any warning, killing the unfortunate man instantly. His widow is now in Detroit, who is left with five children. The deceased man was both an Orangeman and a Mason and was quite well known in Owen Sound.


For about seven years men have been at work removing shoals in the harbor, but more boats get aground now than ever before. This is partly because the boats coming here are longer and partly because shoals still exist. Last week the Waverly and Bruce, from Duluth with 15,000 bushels of grain, went on the Carruthers shoal, and lucky for them a gale did not come up else they would have pounded badly; as it was they were badly injured in being hauled off. It is safe to say that $2,000 will not bear the expense of repairs. Their bottoms must be considerably torn. Here were two cargoes, valued at $100,000, lying at the mercy of the wind and waves, and no sooner were the two boats named released than along came the Algonquin and went on the shoal in front of Point Frederick. She went a little out of the course with the result named, but if the shoal was not there she would not have had to lie all day Sunday grinding on rocks. Now what is suprising to mariners is this: To remove the shoals the government is adopting means that are fully one hundred years behind the age. Just fancy one and sometimes two divers below water prying at rocks with crowbars. No wonder the desired headway has not been made in seven years labor. If the modern methods were adopted, and steam drills used, the same as was done at Oswego and other places, every shoal could be moved in six months. The one-man-and-a-crowbar system is all very well for affording several situations, but for public benefit it is simply absurd. The sooner the government looks into this matter the better. Large boats will not come here if they have to pay out half their freight every trip for damages. [Marine Review]


Napanee river has not been so nearly dry in many years as it now is. Most of the mills along it are now being run by steam power.

Robert Sharp, a sailor on the ship Maud Hartman, lying at Windmill Point, fell off a gang plank Wednesday night and was drowned.

Clearances: schrs. Trade Wind and Mowat, Oshawa, to load barley; prop. Seguin for lakes, light; schr. Burton, up lakes for barley; tug Ranger and tow, Ottawa, light; barge Jennie, Montreal, oats and barley.

Capt. Towers, of the prop. Ocean, states that the Bay of Quinte should be dredged near Telegraph and Nigger Islands. The captain finds fault with the way in which the buoying has been done all through the bay. If, as is expected, larger steamers are put on the route, it will be necessary to have the channel improved and everything else done to lessen dangers of navigation.

Arrivals: prop. Seguin, Duluth, 40,000 bushels wheat; schr. Burton, Port Hope, 6,000 bushels wheat; str. Water Lily, Colborne, 6,000 bushels wheat; schr. Kate, Picton, 6,000 bushels buckwheat; tug Thompson, Montreal, with five barges, light; tug Bronson, three barges, Montreal, light; steambarge Nile and barge Isis, Ottawa, lumber; sloop Volunteer, Trenton, edgings.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1891