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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1892

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Schr. Dunn, Kingston, passed Port Colborne for Chicago last night.

The tug Bronson, with four barges, is expected from Montreal today.

As soon as the schr. Dudley finishes unloading coal she will take on lumber and proceed to Oswego.

The str. Rugee, corn, and schrs. Cheeny and Ames, Chicago, rye, passed Port Colborne for Kingston last night.

Capt. Craig, of the schr. Hanlan, says the vessel did not run against the dock in Oswego and smash things in the cabin.

The schr. Fleetwing is unloading part of her cargo of coal at Collinsby, for Swift & Co. She will unload the remainder in Kingston.

The work of raising the schr. Mystic Star, Oswego, is progressing slowly. The water in the hold was lowered about six feet yesterday, but the vessel did not rise.

Arrivals: sloop Laura D., Picton, grain; sloop Lia, Collinsby, buckwheat; sloop Idlewild, Wolfe Island, oats; schr. Dudley, Oswego, coal; schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, coal.

There are a number of bad rocks in the river at Oswego. They were turned up by contractors who, last season, were employed blasting out the river bottom and they make navigation exceedingly dangerous. They should be removed at once.

Clearances: str. Niagara, Toledo, light, to load corn for Kingston; schr. Fabiola, Oswego, coal for Kingston; str. Water Lily, Picton, to load peas for Kingston; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, lumber; schr. S.B. Storr, Sackett's Harbor, lumber; schr. Eliza White, Oswego, lumber.

The str. Wm. Harrison arrived in port this morning. She is on her way from Boston to Niagara and will run as an excursion boat from the latter place to Buffalo this summer. In order to get up the Cornwall canal it was found necessary to reduce her guards twenty-eight inches, as the locks will only admit of a boat with a beam at the outside of 44 ft. 3 inches.

Ed. Taylor, of this city, chief engineer of the steamer Celtic, in collision, on Sunday, with the steamer Russia, on Lake Erie, had a narrow escape. He was in his berth at the time the engine bells rang to reverse the engines. He jumped up and, knowing something unusual must have happened, rushed, half-dressed into the engine room to see that the order was carried out. When the crash came he yelled to the men below to run for their lives, and sprang up the companion-way three steps at a time, and joined in the scramble for safety on board the other boat.

The Survivors Are Here - E.J. Taylor, who was chief engineer of the Celtic when she sank, T. ? Brown, second engineer and T. Gallagher, arrived in the city today. Mr. Taylor says that as soon as the collision occurred the crew jumped aboard the propellor Russia leaving behind all their wearing apparel and other property. The cook could have stepped on the Russia, but she got excited and remained on the Celtic until she got too far away. She ran to her stateroom for some clothes. She dashed into her berth the water way up to her knees. It is calculated that the Celtic has gone down in from 80 to 100 feet of water. Nothing can be done to raise her for the corn would swell in her hold and burst the hull before many hours.

General Paragraphs - The small buoys were all placed in the harbor yesterday under the supervision of harbor inspector McCammon. Seven were put on Point Frederick and six on the Carruthers' shoal. The depth of water on each shoal is eleven and fourteen feet respectively, and outside of Point Frederick it is sixteen to eighteen feet deep. There is a clear channel between the Carruthers' shoal and the dry-dock, and the harbor master says there is no danger of any vessel with a draught of fifteen feet passing down there. He would recommend all mariners coming into port to take that course. Mr. McCammon has received word from Ottawa that the obstruction existing in the other channel will be remedied, so that in a few weeks either channel will be safe.

Portsmouth Paragraphs - At Portsmouth last week, the grain shovellers averaged from $16 to $20 per week in wages. Over 100,000 bushels of grain are expected from the west this week.

p.2 Westport, May 3rd - The str. John Haggart arrived today on her first trip going to Kingston. The Rideau Belle is expected here on the 4th.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1892