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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1892

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p.1 News In Small Lots - The engraving on the historical stone of the dry dock was finished on Saturday. The bronze will be put on this week.

The Biggest Whaleback Yet - Duluth, May 2nd - The steamer Thomas Wilson, the largest whaleback yet built, was launched from McDougall's yard at West Superior, Saturday afternoon. She is 320 feet long and will carry about 3,000 tons. She will load her first cargo of wheat here this week. Four others of the same size are now on the stocks.


The str. Rideau Belle left for Jones Falls this morning.

The str. Persia will be down from St. Catharines tomorrow.

Operations are going on to pump out the schr. Mystic Star, sunk at Oswego.

Str. Topeka, Chicago, with oats, passed Port Dalhousie for Kingston to-day.

Str. Niagara, Toledo, with corn, passed Port Colborne for Kingston, last night.

The schooners Fleetwing, Dudley and Falconer are expected in with coal for Swift.

Clearances: schr. Queen of the Lakes, for lakes, light; tug Hall, Montreal, three barges of grain.

The str. Superior will arrive from Prescott to-night to take the schr. Sandusky and Niagara to Cleveland.

p.F.P. ? Joly, Lachine, steward of the str. Corsican, arrived this morning with his staff of waiters to prepare for the season's work.

The schr. Dudley arrived in Oswego on Friday, with three inches of water in her hold. She had rough weather over from Kingston.

The steam barge Haskell ran into the schr. Greenwood, at Oswego, a few days ago, and broke seventeen stanchions. It cost her $90 for damages.

The schr. Hanlan ran into the dock at Oswego, on Saturday, and smashed everything in the cabin together with the cooking stove. There was a heavy gale blowing.

The barge Toledo was launched from the ways at the M.T. Co.'s shipyards at nine o'clock, Saturday night. Despite the extreme darkness the launch was a "pretty" one.

Arrivals: schr. Hanlan, Oswego, coal; schr. Eliza Fisher, Oswego, coal; schr. Fabiola, Toronto, barley; str. Water Lily, Picton, peas and buckwheat; tug Hall, Montreal; tug Active, Toledo, with schrs. Jennie and Regina; schr. Storrs, Oswego, coal; sloop Idlewild, Wolfe Island, 1,000 bush. wheat; schr. Sea Foam, Oswego, coal.

The mate of the schr. B.W. Folger claims that the schr. Ella Murton did not beat her over to Oswego last week. The Folger sailed first to Fairhaven, a distance of sixteen miles west of Oswego, and the mate claims if he had gone first to Oswego he would have beaten Capt. Saunders at least two hours. He says the Murton was only in three and a half hours ahead of him as it was.

The str Cibola arrived from Toronto at nine o'clock yesterday morning, having made the run in thirteen hours. The boat is of a very singular design, but a regular beauty in appearance and was visited by hundreds of citizens yesterday. She is 255 feet long with a beam of 56 ft. 6 1/2 in., and was built in Deseronto by Mr. White, Montreal, and the Rathbun company, four years ago. She is registerd to carry 1,500 passengers, although about two years ago, on the occasion of mayor Clark's return from England, she carried 1,700 passengers from Niagara to Toronto. Her engines are the incline compound engines and were built in Greenock, Scotland, and transported to Canada purposely for this boat. Her machinery is very similar to that of the ocean steamships with the exception of the paddle wheel instead of the propeller. She can run between eighteen miles an hour with an average head of 90 lbs. of steam, and has twelve furnaces and six boilers. The officers in command are: J. McGiffin, captain; J. Richardson, first officer; Stanley Paien, second officer; William Walsh, chief engineer; G. Arnold, second engineer; N. Harbottle, purser; T. Ward, purser. The ladies' saloon, located aft, is extravagantly furnished and every convenience is established on the promenade deck (open) deck. According to American inspection law she has to be hauled out every three years. Her bottom will be cleaned. She will receive a new coat of paint throughout and expects to leave the dock next week so as to start on her regular route on May 16th. She carries a crew of forty two.


The Russia and Celtic Strike - The Celtic Went Down Quick.

Last night the prop. Celtic, of Hamilton, was sunk in a collision with the prop. Russia abreast of Rondeau, Lake Erie. A dense fog prevailed at the time. The Russia was so badly damaged she had to be beached two miles below Rondeau. The master had hard work to keep her afloat. She was bound up while the Celtic was bound down with a cargo of grain for Montreal. All of the crew of the Celtic were saved except the cook, Margaret Stroud, of Hamilton. The crew could not save their effects. The Celtic is registered 413 tons, was built by Robertson, of Hamilton, in 1874, and classes A-2. She was valued at $16,000, and was rebuilt in 1890. She is owned by A.D. Mckay's sons.

The prop. Russia is 1,335 tons, built in Buffalo by the King Iron Works in 1872, valued at $85,000, and classed A-1 1/2.

Capt. Cavers appointed to take charge of one of the whaleback boats for the C.P.R. was captain of the Celtic for fifteen years. This spring Capt. Patenaude of this city was appointed to take charge of her. While she was on the dry dock at Port Dalhousie he left her and came to the city to see his wife who is sick. Capt. John Clifford took Patenaude's place. On Saturday night Patenaude went up on the steambarge Sequin for the purpose of joining the Celtic. The ill-fated boat is loaded with 17,300 bushels of grain and is lying in twelve fathoms of water.

Edward Taylor, son of Jonathan Taylor, of this city, was one of the engineers.

p.2 The Fish Case - The suit against the Lake Ontario fish company by the U.S. government, for about $8,000 duty, has been before the judge at Rome, N.Y. Ten or twelve Canadian fishermen testified in regard to selling fish to the company at an advance of 3/4 of a cent per pound, and of executing bills of sale to the company and receiving money therefor - the representatives of the company claiming, as reason for the execution of the bills of sale, that the company would thus be relieved of paying duty. All retained possession of the boats, etc., and regarded themselves as owners. In some instances they sold them to their partners. Several of the witnesses testified that they had been paid $10 apiece not to attend the United States court and testify in this case for the government. They also testified to being induced by the representatives of the Unites States government to attend court and testify for $2 per day and their expenses. Several of them also admitted that they wrote letters to the company after getting the first $10, and demanding more, or also they would testify in behalf of the United States.

p.4 The Glenora Turns Up - Chicago, May 2nd - A despatch from Kingston to the underwriters announced that the missing barge Glenora was safe, having fetched up on Michipicoten Island after breaking loose from the Glengarry in Thursday's gale on Lake Superior. There were three feet of water in her hold. The tug Walker has gone to her assistance from the Sault.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1892