The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Aug 1892

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The str. North King, from Charlotte, and str. Varuna, from Trenton, make one more Sunday trip to the islands this season.

The tug Bronson, disabled by her connecting rod breaking about a week ago, left the Kingston foundry dock, this morning, where she was repaired.

Clearances: steambarge Watervail and schr. Baltic, lakes; tug Hall, Montreal, two barges; tug Bronson, Montreal, two barges; tug Rescue with barge Isis, Deseronto, lumber; str. Nile, Deseronto, light; tug Maggie May and barges, Seeley's Bay.

Arrivals: schr. Grantham, Oswego, 400 tons of coal; sloop Maggie L., Napanee, peas and oats; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Corsican, Montreal; strs. North King and Bon Voyage, Charlotte; str. Ocean, Hamilton, str. Nile, Clayton, light.

The M.T. Co's shovellers claim to have eclipsed all former records in unloading vessels. The prop. Walter Vail (sic) and schr. Baltic with 114,000 bushels corn arrived in Kingston on Sunday afternoon. The men commenced unloading at twelve o'clock, last night, and were finished at twelve today. How's that, Ogdensburg? Only two elevators used.

One of the str. Columbian's crew was in the city, yesterday, and says that the boat is not in as bad a shape as she has been painted by the newspapers. He does not think it will cost over $8,000, at the outside, to get the vessel afloat again. The dam, being built under the supervision of manager Chabot, will be completed by Wednesday, and it is expected there will be no difficulty whatever in getting the boat off. When the water has been raised to a certain level the lines will be cut and the vessel released. Two different contractors from Montreal offered to set the boat afloat for $15,000. Speaking of the accident he says there was no excitement on board at the time at all. There were over 200 passengers and out of all those people there were only a couple of ladies who appeared to be affected, and they afterward exclaimed they were only a "little nervous." The steamer, herself, escaped damage entirely, with the exception of her paddle wheels being a little bent, but this will not amount to anything. The dam is being built at the vessel's stern in an angular shape with a pier attached.

Killed At Clayton, N.Y.

David Mascaw, first mate of the barge Wheeler, of the Hall fleet, of Ogdensburg, was killed at Clayton last evening. He was assisting in raising the anchor on the barge Lyon. The rope by which the pulley block was attached to the mast gave way and the pulley block, weighing about thirty pounds, came down at a terrific rate, striking Mascaw on the head and inflicting a scalp wound fully six inches in length. He never uttered a syllable and death was instantaneous. The wife of the unfortunate man, Mary Mascaw, was near by at the time of the accident, as was also her nine year old boy Joe, and they were horror-stricken by the sight.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Aug 1892