The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1891

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p.1 The captain of the schr. Grantham says the lamps in only one lighthouse were burning last night between Kingston and the Welland canal.


Yesterday the tug Olevia Gordon was docked at the drydock and received a new wheel.

The tug Active is being rebuilt at the M.T. Co.'s dock. She will be put on the Lake Superior route next year.

The engine and boiler being put in the tug Thompson were manufactured by the locomotive works and cost much money.

The tug Walker, with barges Kinghorn and Cornwall, cleared for Oswego last night. This is probably the last grain that will be shipped over the line this fall by boat.

Much anxiety was entertainted by old mariners, last night, for the safety of the schr. Grantham, owing to a telegram which had been received, from Capt. Crawford, by Capt. Donnelly, yesterday, stating that the vessel would leave Port Dalhousie Monday night. Owing to the heavy gale the schooner was unable to leave the canal until six o'clock yesterday morning. She left Port Dalhousie accompanied by the steambarge Stinson. The latter, bound for Cape Vincent, was compelled to run into Oswego for shelter. Capt. Crawford continued on the trip down and reached Kingston at three o'clock this morning. He says the sea was rolling mountains high, and during the voyage, yesterday, it was found necessary to break away her bulwarks. The mizzenhead was also badly sprung. The Grantham left Kingston on the 6th Oct., with a load of phosphate for Cleveland. She ran to Sandusky for coal, but owing to the ice had to turn back and take on a cargo at Cleveland. Capt. Crawford, though a young man, is one of the best captains that sails the lakes.

p.3 The Tea Table - The schr. Craftsman, supposed to be lost, has been towed into Owen Sound harbor and is all right.

The Schooner P.N. Young Runs Against A Bridge

Hamilton, Dec. 8th - The schooner P.N. Young, heavily laden with stone for Toronto, at two o'clock Sunday morning started from the wharf with all her fore-and-aft canvas set. On entering the canal the captain saw that the bridge was closed. She reached the bridge just as it began to move - the bridge people by this time having discovered that something was the matter. The forestays were snapped and the foremast crashed against the bridge and was carried away close to the deck. The mainmast came next and was leveled over the cabin. The sails were torn and, with the rigging, fell into the water. Singularly enough no one was hurt. A tug was sent for and the Young was towed to Toronto, where she will be repaired at the expense of the G.T.R.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1891