The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1892

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The str. Arabian will lay up at Hamilton.

Clearances: tugs Hall and Bronson, Montreal, eight barges.

The str. Rosedale, Fort William to Kingston, wheat, passed Port Colborne last night.

The schr. Falconer arrived from Oswego, light, to lay up. She has not had a very profitable season.

The prop. Orion will lay up at the locomotive works wharf for the winter. Her engines will be compounded this winter.

The tug Johnston is in Davis' dry-dock having her bottom caulked. The schr. Grantham will be docked as soon as the Johnston leaves the dock.

The str. Arabian arrived from Fort William with 42,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co., Saturday, and cleared for Fort William again yesterday. This is the steamer that broke through the lock in the Welland canal a couple of weeks ago, resulting in the schr. Minnedosa being seriously strained, causing her to leak.

Arrivals: tug Active, with schrs. Kildonan and Gaskin, Fort William, 69,000 bush. wheat; tug Hall, Montreal, eight barges, light; tug Bronson, Montreal, four light barges; prop. Acadia, Fort William, 20,000 bushels wheat, lightened 5,600 bushels and proceeded to Montreal; prop. Arabian, Fort Arthur, discharged 42,000 bush. wheat; schr. Echo, Deseronto, peas; sloop (sic) McBride, Picton, buckwheat.

This morning a discussion occurred in Folger's bureau of intelligence respecting the accident to the str. Acadia on Saturday evening. A mariner said that if the boat or cargo had been lost the insurance company carrying the risk would not have had to pay the loss because the steamer was going opposite to where the captain intended going when the accident occurred. Another argued differently and to the effect that if the captain or any of the crew could show that the boat was diverted out of her course by the compass being untrue, by lights, or by any other means the insurance company would have to pay the claim.

The str. Acadia had a rather singular experience on Saturday night. She left the M.T. company's dock for Montreal, about eleven o'clock, after lightening 5,600 bushels of wheat. The night was dark and Capt. Malcolmson evidently miscalculated his surroundings, and the steamer ran aground near Garden Island. The captain's guide, in leaving the harbor, was a light or land mark on Garden Island, and on account of the obscure darkness he was unable to perceive the signal. One of the M.T. company's elevators and a barge were sent over yesterday morning and the vessel lightened, when she ran into port again, re-loaded and proceeded to Montreal. The Acadia was from Fort William with a cargo of 20,000 bushels of wheat.

Mr. Collins, pilot on the str. Acadia, has been engaged in marine business for over thirty years and the accident was the first that has occurred to a boat in his charge. The cause of the accident was a mistake from the commencement. He thought the captain turned the boat around in the harbor and headed down the stream. This was not done and the pilot was misled. Another source of trouble was the mistaking of the light on Garden Island for a light on Halliday's Point.

General Paragraphs - Capt. T. Donnelly says he is confident the str. Algonquin is safe. It is not time for her to be in port.

M. Dolan, purser of the str. Passport, was married to Miss Kate O'Brien in St. Mary's this morning. They left for New York.

A despatch received this afternoon states that the tug Walker, with schrs. Minnedosa and Glenora, left Fort William at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The schr. Neelon broke away from the str. Tilley in last Monday's gale and is high and dry on Gull Reef Island; big sea there. She will probably go to pieces.

A despatch says the str. Lorelei with Fred and Ira Folger and party on board, off hunting, went aground in Big Bay this morning. The str. Maud will go to their assistance in the morning.

The str. Rosedale arrived from Fort William this afternoon with 57,000 bushels of wheat. So rough was the weather that she shifted her cargo at Five Mile Point. Capt. Edward took the schr. Merritt in tow at Cariboo, and left her at Biscay Bay. The Merritt had broken away from the str. Tilley.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1892