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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1892

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The schr. Eliza Fisher is expected from Charlotte tonight with blacksmith's coal for Breck & Booth.


Capt. Patenaude will probably go as captain of the tug Active this season.

Schr. Fleetwing cleared with lumber for Oswego and will load coal at Sodus Point for Swift & Co.

The new steel tug, built at Collinsby for the Collinsby rafting company, will not be launched on Queen's birthday.

The steambarge Quebec has been chartered by the Donnelly salvage wrecking company to operate on the sunken str. Rothesay.

Strs. Tilley and barge, Fort William to Kingston; J.S. Fay and barge, Kingston to Cleveland, light, passed Port Colborne last night.

The Donnellys expect to commence operations on the Rothesay this week. If successful she will be taken to the marine railway at Ogdensburg for temporary repairs, and then to Kingston for a thorough overhauling.

The S.S. Wergeland expects to leave port tonight. The steamer makes about nine miles an hour. A barge loaded with herring for the steamship arrived this morning. The vessel's cargo will consist of 2,900 barrels of the fish.

Arrivals: prop. Niagara, Sarnia, 19,600 bushels wheat; steamer F. & P.M., No. 5, Duluth, 38,500 bushels wheat; steamer N.R. Fairbanks, Duluth, 44,500 bushels wheat; tug Walker with schooners Minnedosa and Kildonan, 100,000 bushels wheat, Fort William; tug Active with four barges, Montreal; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Ida, Ottawa; schr. Herbert Dudley, Sodus Point, coal.

The tug Walker arrived with her tow this morning. Mate De Wolfe, of the schr. Minnedosa, says the report of the Glenora losing her masts is untrue, but she was, however, stripped of her booms and gaffs. Everything moveable on the deck was washed overboard, together with the provision box and horse closets. The Minnedosa was lashed to the dock at Fort William during the second gale, and on account of the severity of the wind elevating could not be carried on. The snow storm was so terrific the tow was obliged to lay up two days. The only rough weather the Walker really experienced was on the down trip when passing through Saginaw bay. No damage was sustained, however.

The prop. F. & P.M., No. 5, which collided on Lake Erie with another steamer, arrived in port yesterday afternoon, with a badly battered boom. The accident occurred on Sunday morning when the fog was at its worst. John Wright, mate, was sleeping at the time and was thrown out of bed by the shock. The propeller was blowing her whistle and giving the regular fog signals. The colliding steamer was steering off to starboard with helm hard to port when her stern caught the propeller's bow. The propeller's stanchions and rails were caved in at a damage of about $200. The vessel is entirely new of fine design being built in the fall of 1890 at Bay City. She reveals a water mark of sixteen feet, but is unable to draw more than thirteen and a half on Lake Michigan. The propeller left Duluth on the 10th and is commanded by Capt. Moody, of Milwaukee. She will leave this afternoon for Buffalo to load for Detroit.

The Fisher Cup.

John Bell, Belleville, owner of Norah, which has held the Fisher Cup for sloops for some years, has for a long time past been dissatisfied with the terms on which the cup is held, and as a result of a correspondence between himself and A.J. Fisher, the donor of the cup, the Bay of Quinte yacht club have drawn up a set of rules to govern all races for it. These are in effect as follows:

"The holder must, thirty days after the last race and up to 1st September, accept any challenge in writing for a race on a day not less than twenty-five days after the receipt of such challenge, but any yacht winning two consecutive races need not race again until next year. Any yacht holding the cup for four consecutive races or two consecutive seasons, lasting from the first Saturday in June to the last Saturday in September, shall become the absolute owner. Should the yacht holding the cup be sold and not enrolled in another yacht club, or should she be destroyed, the cup will be returned to the club. The course shall be three times around a 10-mile triangle, and shall be sailed in six hours or no race, and the race shall then be sailed next day.

The sailing rules, time allowance and regulations shall be those of the L.Y.R.A., and there shall be no restriction as to crew or steersman. The judges shall be named, one by the challenger, one by the holder, and a third by the other two or by the club."

p.3 Deseronto Doings - May 17th - The schr. Julia arrived here Monday with a cargo of coal for the Rathbun company....Schr. Annie Minnes is loading ties for Oswego....Str. Resolute left Monday evening for Charlotte, loaded with ties and posts. The sloop Sovereign is on the dry dock this week. The str. Rocket arrived on Monday. The Rocket will be fitted out for an excursion boat and will run between Picton and Trenton in the Ella Ross' place. The Ross takes the Napanee and Picton route.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1892