The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1891

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p.1 General Paragraphs - It was reported, today, that the steambarge Belle Wilson, of Picton, has been destroyed by fire.

Sunk In The Georgian Bay - The tug Munson, while engaged at the wrecked steamer City of Owen Sound, sunk in the Georgian Bay, met with an accident about three weeks ago and sank in the vicinity of the wreck in over forty feet of water. Nothing can be done this fall to raise the steamer, but upon the opening of navigation all efforts will be put forth to bring her to the surface. The tug is owned by the Rathbun company.


All the barges owned by the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company have been laid up.

The schr. Eliza Fisher will make another trip to Oswego before laying up. She will load barley.

Arrivals: sloop Lia, Wolfe Island, oats; tug Walker with schr. Ella Murton, Oswego, coal; schrs. White Oak and Eliza Fisher, Oswego, coal.

When about ten miles from Oswego the tug Walker, towing the schr. Ella Murton, broke her line. The vessel sailed the remainder of the voyage.

The vessels laid up at Belleville are: steamers Nellie Cuthbert and Annie Gilbert; steam yachts Dan and Ometa; schooners D. Freeman, Restless, Rainham ?, British Queen and Friend; sloops Echo, Empress, Monitor, Moravia, Sovereign and Queen.

William Ellis ?, a sailor on the schr. White Oak, met with a painful accident in Oswego, Monday night. Together with a number of other sailors he partook too freely of the intoxicating cup, and in attempting to gain the forecastle, stumbled and fell through the stairway and lit heavily on the floor below. His left ankle was broken together with other slight injuries about the body. A patrol was called and the sailor removed to the hospital, where he will be confined for some time.

News In Small Lots - The prop. St. Magnus is having a hard experience at Buffalo. For some unexplained reason the scoopers there refuse to board her unless they are paid $10 per 1,000 bush., the regular price being $4.

The Caughnawaga Pilot Dying - "Big" Baptiste Rice, whose Indian name is Taisiake, pilot on the steamers of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, and who used to pilot the steamers through the Lachine rapids, is dying at Caughnawaga, at the age of eighty-three years. His photo was on the ten dollar bills of one of the Montreal banks. He is a Roman Catholic. His family is large, and his grandchildren are numerous.

William Leslie left for Buffalo, yesterday, in the interests of the str. Orion, burned on Monday night. There was $10,000 insurance on the vessel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1891