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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The sloop Volunteer loaded cedar posts at the spile dock for Cape Vincent.


The schr. Pilot has had her white coat painted black.

The M.T. Co.'s barge Acacia is in Davis' drydock being caulked.

R. Crawford loaded a barge with 750 tons of coal for a merchant in Smith's Falls.

Clearances: tug Bronson, Montreal, four loaded barges; schr. Keewatin, bay ports.

The schr. Singapore loaded paving stone at Grindstone Island and cleared for Toronto.

An officer of the K. & M. F. Co. says freights are 7 cents at present from Port Arthur to Kingston.

The K. & M. F. Co. have handled more grain this year than they did last and the profits have been larger.

Steamer North King will make her last trip for this season on Monday, Oct. 31st, between Port Hope and Charlotte, N.Y., and from Kingston on Tuesday, Oct. 30th.

The schr. Ella Murton, Capt. Saunders, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock from Hamilton at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and was unloaded at 9 o'clock the same night. This is quick time.

Arrivals: tug Thompson with schrs. Minnedosa and Glenora, Duluth, wheat; tug Bronson, Montreal, four light barges; schr. Rutherford, bay ports, with 8,000 bush. peas and 8,000 bush. oats; schr. Keewatin, bay ports, 16,000 bush. barley and oats; schr. Ella Murton, Hamilton, 15,000 bush. wheat; schr. Pilot, Wolfe Island, 25,000 (sic) bush. oats; sloop Laura D., Napanee, 25,000 (sic) bush. peas; sloop Tia (sic), Gananoque, 2,000 bush. oats.

The tug Thompson arrived in port yesterday morning with the schrs. Glenora and Minnedosa in tow. Quite a large number of people visited the M.T. Co's dock during the afternoon as the report had become current that the Minnedosa had met with a bad accident a couple of days ago in the Welland Canal. Enquiry elicited the fact that the Minnedosa had quite a thrilling experience but the damage done, it is thought, will not be great. The new steel str. Arabian, which made its first trip to Kingston a few days ago, was bound upward and it seems that in approaching the fourth lock the captain gave the bell reverse with full speed but either the engineer misunderstood the signal or else the engines refused to work rightly, for the vessel shot ahead under a full head of steam, smashing through the gates. The Minnedosa was lying in the level between locks three and four, and the gush of water, a drop of probably 12 feet, struck her with terrific force. She swung around sideways and struck the bank. The vessel was leaking badly when arriving in Kingston, but the only visible damage was the manner in which the schooner had been sprung. Capt. Gaskin at once sent for his gang of shovellers and started to unload the vessel's cargo, consisting of 62,000 bushels of wheat. The Glenora had 49,000 bushels. The tow came from Duluth.

The damage to the grain is very slight and the vessel has been dry-docked to ascertain the injury to her hull. The owners will enter a protest for damages.

Capt. McMaugh says the level between the fourth and fifth lock is about a mile in length. If the Arabian had struck the fifth lock and the Minnedosa lying in the level the result would certainly have been disastrous.

A Military Relic - coat-of-arms carved from wood, belonging to str. Sir Robert Peel, was deposited in the Military Museum in Ottawa.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1892