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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1892

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p.1 Fined $600 - Oswego, Aug. 23rd - owner of steamyacht Cygnet fined for not having licensed pilot or a government inspection.


Clearances: tug Bronson, Montreal, six barges; props. Argonaut and Escanaba, Oswego, to load coal for Chicago.

Arrivals: str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa.

The steamyacht Ingomar was up from the islands today with Capt. C.C. Newton, Montreal, and party on board. Mr. Newton leaves today on a cruise down the Rideau.

The Toledo Blade says the whaleback steamer Samuel Mathers is only 208 feet long and 38 feet beam. Capt. Booth, of Breck & Booth, says this is not so, that the vessel is 320 feet long and 42 feet beam.

Through a typographical error in last night's edition Capt. Gaskin was credited with saying that the Soo canal was eighty miles long. It should have read the Canadian canals measured over eighty miles as the Soo is only one mile long.

C. Millan is in receipt of a bill advertising an excursion given by the str. Columbia from Port Colborne to Buffalo. This is the new steamer built by Capt. Perry Burns at a cost of $40,000. In writing Capt. Burns says he "is having a very successful season."

In the Soo canal no tolls will be charged or collected as regards freight or passengers carried to and landed at Ogdensburg and south of a line drawn from the northern boundary of the state of New York through the St. Lawrence river, the great lakes, and their connecting channels to the northern boundary of the state of Minnesota.

J. Donnelly, jr., returning from Peterboro, after raising the sunken steamer Golden Eye, says the vessel almost entirely escaped damage. The cause of the accident was due to her being loaded near the shore and settling on a rock which stove in one of her planks. The boat is now in the dry dock and will be out in a few days. The Golden Eye is a side-wheel steamer. Mr. Donnelly made quick time in raising the vessel. The accident occurred in the Otonabee river, sixteen miles from Peterboro.

The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company are losing no time in trying to get the stranded steamer Columbian from off Quack Island, the exact spot where she lies. Capt. Willett states that she has not suffered any damage at all, and he does not expect any when she is relieved from her dangerous position. A large staff of French-Canadians have been busily employed for the past few days in preparing wood for the dam. Jules Sauve, the big Canadian who did so much good work when the accident occurred, has received the contract for the pier, and has engaged twenty Caughnawaga Indians, who are busily at work on it. Sauve expects to have the steamer launched in about twelve days. The tide runs at the rate of twenty-two miles an hour where the vessel is stranded.

p.4 A Well Known Lake Sailor Dead - Buffalo, Aug. 23rd - Capt. D.P. Dobbins, superintendent of the life saving service, and well known in maritime circles all over the lakes, died on Friday.

Success of the Sault Route.

Owen Sound, Aug. 23rd - It is announced on what is considered excellent authority that the North Shore Navigation Company, having experienced remarkable success in the year's traffic on the Sault route, are now fully decided to build a magnificent new steamer during the coming winter, and only matters of detail now remain to be arranged. The steamer will be built by Capt. John Simpson, the veteran ship builder. She will be larger than the City of Midland, and will be specially adapted to the passenger and excursion traffic, as her cabins will accommodate over 200 passengers.

To Hurry The Soo Canal - Ottawa, Aug. 23rd - Mr. Haggart has ordered the contractors to rush the work....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1892