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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1892

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The str. Hiram A. Calvin arrived in Kingston last night with the schr. Grantham in tow. It was about seven o'clock when the fleet reached the harbor so that considerable difficulty was experienced in getting the vessel into Gunn's slip. This was finally accomplished, however, and after getting the schooner well into the slip the three pumps which had been working steadily all the time since leaving Timber Island, were stopped and the vessel was allowed to fill again and settle in the mud. As the water is not very deep at this point the craft could not sink below decks. The remainder of the cargo had not been touched and Capt. T. Donnelly wired the Ontario Coal Co., Toronto, last night asking what would be done as he wished to dry-dock the vessel at once. The Grantham was loaded with 700 tons of coal and en route from Charlotte to Toronto. The vessel was formerly owned by I.A. Breck and Capt. John Donnelly, sr., but the former sold his share to Capt. T. Donnelly in 1884. The vessel then cost $10,000. When the last deal was made Donnelly & Sons spent $3,000 more to have an arch built in her. Great credit is due to the men who worked so nobly and hard, despite the severe weather to release the vessel. J. Donnelly, jr., went up to the wreck, Saturday night, and did not leave it during the whole intervening time. His head had not touched a pillow for over 125 hours. Sanford Donnelly was also with him together with twenty-three men, not including the schooner's crew.

When the Grantham was released from the shoal on the south-west corner of Timber Island Capt. J. Donnelly jr. had her taken over to South Bay and temporarily patched. Mr. Donnelly says the accident was due to the anchor going foul.

Capt. Booth says in all his experience as a sailor he never met anything to equal the gale on Lake Ontario, Tuesday night. He was sent for, Tuesday night, to take charge of the Calvin, and left Garden Island at ten o'clock that night. So terrific was the storm that he was obliged to run into a little nook, about fourteen miles up the lake, and drop anchor for shelter. The Calvin was obliged to lay there until ten o'clock the next morning.


The water in the harbor is now two inches below low water mark.

Clearances: str. Butteroni, Oswego, light, to load coal for the west.

Schr. Parks, Chicago, to Kingston, wheat, passed Port Dalhousie last night.

The str. Campana is expected to reach here at noon. She has wheat and comes from Fort William.

The str. John Haggart arrived from Picton with a load of apples yesterday and proceeded to Perth.

Arrivals: schr. Vienna, Burlington, 10,000 bushels peas; schr. Jamieson, Burlington, 10,000 bushels wheat; schr. John McBride, Napanee, peas and oats; sloop Maggie L., Wolfe Island, 3,500 bush. peas and oats; schr. Hanlan, Hay Bay, 7,000 bushels barley; schr. Echo, Napanee, oats; prop. Alma Munro, Montreal to Hamilton; prop. Ocean, Montreal; prop. Argonaut, Chicago, 41,000 bushels wheat.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1892