The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jun 1892

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The schr. Valencia is in the government dry-dock being repaired. She ran into a lock at St. Catharines.

The Brockville Times tells of a serious time the steamer Algerian had on Friday in getting out of port. She almost ran ashore at one time.

The prop. Glengarry will probably be dry-docked at Davis' and be converted into a steam barge.

Clearances: tug Bronson, Montreal, four barges grain; schr. Katie Eccles, Oswego, light; schr. Folger, Sodus Point, light; schr. F.L. Wells, Oswego, light.

Arrivals: str. Topeka, Chicago, 82,200 bush. corn; schr. Katie Eccles, Colborne, 8,500 bush. peas; tug Active and consorts Gaskin and Glenora, Fort William, grain; tug Bronson, Montreal, with three barges; str. Bon Voyage, Rochester; str. Corsican, Toronto; strs. Algerian and Persia, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. North King, Charlotte; schr. Fisher, Oswego.

Again the schrs. Gaskin and Glenora were present when an accident occurred on Sunday morning. They were being towed to the city from Oswego by the tug Active and when opposite the Main Ducks the main shaft of the steamer broke away from its bearings. The piston rod went up and striking the cylinder cover, broke it into many pieces, and injured the connecting rod. Capt. Towers, of the steamer Ocean, sailed alongside the Active, and finding she was anchored and would be all right until a tug arrived, he headed for Kingston. The tug Olevia Gordon, Capt. Quackenbush, towed the Active and barges into port. They arrived about four o'clock yesterday afternoon.

On Saturday evening the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company took their pumps off the steamer Clinton and she cleared for Port Dalhousie where she will be drydocked. She would have been placed in the Kingston dock had the prices been right.

The steam yacht Dan, of Belleville, arrived in the city yesterday and was immediately dry-docked at Davis' to remedy a small leak. She is owned by T.S. Carman, publisher of the Ontario, and is one of the prettiest in this locality. She was purchased in Toronto last fall for a handsome figure.

The prop. Topeka ran aground on the Point Frederick shoal yesterday afternoon and an elevator had to be used to lighten her. Harbor Inspector McCammon says he has been pounding away at the government for several years to dredge this spot as it is a regular blind to mariners. Some time ago city engineer Bolger took the dimensions of the shoal and sent the result to Ottawa, but nothing has yet been done.

Incidents of the Day - On Saturday evening a very exciting race took place between the steamers Hero and Rocket. The latter left Picton for Belleville a few minutes ahead and was beaten before Deseronto was reached. The boats were received by a large crowd of people, many of whom thought the Rocket could beat the Hero's time easily. They started to Belleville on time, and the Hero arrived first. She defeated the Rocket by about fourteen minutes on the trip from Picton to Belleville. There has been a good deal of talk about these boats, but this is the first trial of speed they have had. The Hero is now the greyhound of the bay.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jun 1892