The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1892

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The case of assault, etc., which a ladies' maid intended to bring against a steamboat captain, has been abandoned. The captain said the woman would have lived to regret her action had she brought on the case.


The schr. B.W. Folger arrived from Oswego with coal yesterday.

Clearances: tug Hall, Montreal, six barges; prop. Denver, Chicago, to load coal.

Arrivals: tug Hall, Montreal, four barges; prop. Denver, Chicago, 47,200 bush. wheat.

Capt. Noonan, of the str. Rideau Belle, says the water in the canal is very high and business is rushing.

Mr. Leslie's men lifted the lightship No. 52, at Collin's Bay, attached the two pontoons, and delivered the vessel in Montreal in 54 hours. This is exceptionally quick time. The boat only drew 9' of water, when reaching the canals, her draught having been lessened a foot and a half by the pontoons.


A list has been issued in Montreal for subscriptions to a testimonial to be presented to Pilot Ouelette, who saved the lives of the passengers on the burning steamer Corinthian. The subscribers are: Richard Mott Laimhear, New York, $20; Bruce Bonny, New York, $10; J. Wall ?, New York, $5; C.H. Wade, New York, $5; P.Z. Deyo, New York, $5.

Mr. Ouelette, aged 67 years, stated that when he saw the danger he at once made up his mind to beach the vessel at the nearest suitable place, and in a very short time he saw his opportunity. Fortunately, he said, the engineer kept up full steam, and he was enabled to run the vessel within almost jumping distance of the shore. Mr. Ouelette said he was surrounded by passengers, who thanked him again and again for having saved their lives by his presence of mind and calm, cool judgement.

"What did you think when you got ashore yourself, Mr. Ouelette?" was the next question.

"Well," said the venerable looking old veteran, "I have been forty-five years in the service, and for the past fifteen years piloted vessels of the company through the rapids from Coteau to Montreal. This is the worst scare I ever had in my life, and I don't want another like it."

"Have you seen the Corinthian since the accident?"

"Yes, I saw her today and she is still burning. The fire has got hold of the coal in her bunkers, and she has settled down about five feet. She has tilted over to one side, and will soon be a complete wreck and floating down the river."

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