The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1892

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The schr. B.W. Folger will take a load of lumber to Oswego.

The str. D.D. Calvin is in the dry-dock having her stern fixed.

Clearances: tug Bronson, Montreal, six barges grain; str. Algonquin, lakes.

The str. Corsican broke her air pump lever near the Ducks yesterday. She will not be able to continue her route again this season.

Arrivals: str. Algonquin, Chicago, 72,000 bushels corn; schr. Katie Eccles, Port Hope, 4,500 bushels wheat; tug Bronson, Montreal, three light barges; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, coal; schr. St. Clair, Port Dalhousie, light; str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Corinthian, Montreal.

The valve that supplied the boiler with water, on the str. Passport, burst, disabling the boat while running the Cedar rapids on Thursday. The vessel was anchored and the tug Petrel went to her rescue. The passengers were taken to Lachine. The passengers offered resolutions complimenting Capt. Craig and his crew on the coolness displayed. They are just beginning to realize that had the water valve given way five minutes earlier hardly any of them would have been left alive. The escape of the passengers of the Passport was much closer than that of the Columbian's.

Engineer Charbineau of the str. Corsican claims there is great want of proper signal on the lakes. He says that when the Corsican broke her engine yesterday morning there was a vessel coming down about a quarter of a mile ahead. The vessel could not hear the blowing of the Corsican's whistle as the wind probably blew the sound away. "Where would this boat have been with passengers, if a vessel was in any kind of danger; the boat not hearing the whistle could not render assistance. The same plan that is in vogue on the ocean should be adopted on the lakes, that is rockets should be fired in time of distress which would be seen at a distance. During the night the men on deck consist only of the number strictly required so that the man in the pilot house does not pay the same attention on the lookout more than to take in his surroundings and guide his vessel. Rockets could be kept on board at no expense and in time of need they could be used very cheaply considering their value."

The Syracuse, Utica and Watertown papers give much space to the story of the race from Kingston to Clayton, N.Y. between the steamers St. Lawrence and New Island Wanderer on Wednesday. The steamers left here at 6:06 o'clock. For over half the distance the steamers were almost within hailing distance. The St. Lawrence seemed to have the lead after the first five miles, but for the next ten the race was a close one. Passengers were excited and as one boat made a gain on the other cheer after cheer went up from the enthusiastic crowds on the respective steamers. The captains of the steamers ordered the passengers to move from one position to another on the boats in order to increase the speed. Passengers on the steamers made a number of bets and before Clayton was reached hundreds of dollars had been staked. Clayton was reached at 7:33 o'clock, the St. Lawrence leading by half a mile. The Wanderer's people acknowledge defeat, but claim the St. Lawrence used 250 lbs. of lard to get steam. The statement is denied by the St. Lawrence officers.

p.4 Pith of the News - The whaleback steamer Wetmore is reported a total wreck on the Oregon coast. Crew saved.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1892