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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1892

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p.1 Capt. Estes' Chats - of str. St. Lawrence, discussing outing with ex-President Cleveland.

A Lively Experience.

Last night the tug D.G. Thompson arrived in port with the barge Kildonan, laden with corn from Chicago. When the tug started she had in tow the barges Kildonan and Gaskin, loaded with 80,000 bushels of corn. The gale was very strong during the passage, and at times the waves washed over the boats which strained the tow lines to such a pitch that the line holding the Kildonan to the steamer snapped opposite Long Point. In quick time the Kildonan swung about into the "trough of the sea," bringing the Gaskin with her. Here the two boats were rolled about like barrels for three-quarters of an hour. The steamer caught the Kildonan and towed her to port. The Gaskin sailed in. During the storm the crews were very much alarmed. James Clark, a mate, was caught by a wave and driven seven or eight feet over the deck of one of the barges.


The cable for opening the gates of the dry dock broke yesterday morning and the prop. Algonquin was detained many hours before getting in.

The str. Armenia, carrying cement to Cornwall for some weeks past, arrived at Rathbun's wharf this morning and will take lumber to Deseronto.

Capt. Dunlop who has been master of the steamer Algerian, returned from Montreal last night. His boat has gone into winter quarters. He says trade is dull in Montreal.

The steam barge Nashua has been found bottom side up in Lake Huron, twenty miles from Bayfield. Not a trace of the crew could be found, and it is believed all hands have perished.

Arrivals: tug Thompson, Chicago, with schrs. Gaskin and Kildonan loaded with 80,000 bushels of corn; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa; prop. Lake Michigan, Hamilton, general cargo, passengers and baggage.

The prop. Campana started for Chicago last night but before she reached the gap, was compelled to turn back to Kingston on account of the roughness of the lake. Capt. Augustus will pilot the vessel up the bay route this afternoon.

p.4 Lightships For The Lakes - Washington, Oct. 7th - The Lighthouse Board is preparing plans and specifications for four light ships, three of which are destined for Lake Michigan and one for Lake Erie. They will be about ninety feet long and 20 broad with a draught of 8 feet, and will have all modern illuminating apparatus.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1892