The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1892

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p.1 The Wrecked Steam Yacht - Capt. Smith, of the tug Maggie May, passed the sunken yacht Ella, below Kingston Mills, yesterday morning. He says there is nothing but the figure-head and part of the upper decks and smokestack above water. She is in a bad position. He says there was a great time when the boat went down. The ladies on board were in an awful plight. One woman was taken from the cabin as the boat was going down.

The Races In The Bight - at Wolfe Island a race held between 3 sailing skiffs - Ben-By-McChree sailed by W. Wills, C.C. Keep, A.C. Gardiner and S. Blake; skiff May W. sailed by Victor Sudds, John Davis and E. Eves; Anna crewed by George Eves, J. Davis and D. Eves - details.

General Paragraphs - The contract for the dredging of Owen Sound harbor has been awarded to David Porter, Wiarton, Ont. The sum of $15,000 was voted for this work last session.

The schr. Fisher arrived light this afternoon and will load paving stone for Toronto.


Clearances: tug Hall, Montreal, five barges.

A large metallic life boat, built by David Kalmwellers, New York, arrived this morning for the Collins Bay Rafting Co.'s new tug Petrel.

The prop. Cuba is expected down from Chicago tomorrow morning. She will lighten a quantity of wheat and proceed to Montreal.

Arrivals: str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Bon Voyage, Ogdensburg; str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Passport, Montreal; schr. Singapore, Toronto, grain.

Capt. James McMaugh will again command the Glengarry after she has been converted into a steam barge. The vessel will be ready for work before the season closes.

The Columbian Mishap.

It is said that it will cost $30,000 to release the str. Columbian from the rocks in the Cedar rapids. Mr. Leslie says he would undertake to get the boat off. A windlass located on one of the islands above could be utilized in handling a tug that might be let down to the boat by means of strong chains.

The steering rope which broke was an ordinary manilla rope. It is claimed that some time ago the pilot told the officers of the boat that the manilla rope should be changed.

Capt. John Donnelly, sr., will survey the str. Columbian and her position with a view to tendering for the contract of releasing her.

p.2 Will Carry Vessels - The Plans of the Ontario Ship Railway Company - recently incorporated in Ontario; plans to build a three-track railway from Collingwood to Toronto for hauling vessels; David Blain of Toronto made manager.



Montreal, Aug. 18th - The accident to the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company's steamer Columbian at Cedar Rapids is still the talk. From all accounts it will be some time before the Columbian will resume her route again. She is in a very awkward place to work at, and it was stated yesterday that the tugs which were sent to her assistance could not get at the boat. Mr. Julien Chambot, general manager of the company, has returned to the scene of the accident. He admits that the lifting of the boat will be a very great difficulty, and will have to be proceeded with cautiously. It appears now that the steering rope which broke was an ordinary manilla rope. It is claimed that some time ago the pilot told the officers of the boat that the manilla rope should be changed. A number of passengers presented their claims at the office of the Richelieu Company this morning and were promptly paid.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1892