The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1892

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Ten barges were laid up at Portsmouth yesterday.

The str. St. Magnus passed up yesterday to Hamilton on the final trip for the season. She had on board a great deal of freight.

The mail line concern bought the hull of the steamer Corinthian for $2,100 and have towed it to Sorel. The company has not yet decided how they will dispose of it.

A message from the Soo says the tug Walker, with the schr. Glenora in tow, left that place this morning for Kingston. So uncertain is the weather that the manager of the M.T. Co. cannot tell when the tow will arrive.

The schr. Glenora has three feet of water in her hold and a cargo of wheat badly damaged. The castings on the head of the rudder are broken, and if they cannot be replaced the schooner must remain at the Sault. Much of her canvas was blown away.

A despatch received today says that the Minnedosa left Port Dalhousie this morning, and consequently will arrive in Kingston late tonight. There is great fear of the canals freezing up, and the shovellers will accordingly be kept working tomorrow. Tugs are now engaged in running up and down the Beauharnois canal breaking the ice as it forms.

The prop. Algonquin is at the M.T. Co.'s dock waiting a chance to get into the government dry-dock. Capt. McMaugh made a tour of the docks yesterday, but could find no other place to lay her up at. The vessel will occupy the dry-dock all winter and have a new stern built, with the object of increasing her speed and making her easier to handle.

Incidents of the Day - The schr. Grantham's cargo of damaged coal, 600 tons, was sold out at $4.50 per ton.



The recent wreck of the steamer Nashua, says the Milwaukee Journal, calls to mind the manner in which the old Northern Transportation company's fleet of small boats is disappearing. Several years ago this company had twenty boats plying between Lake Michigan ports and the lower lakes. The City of Charlevoix, formerly the Champlain, met with a mishap which cost several lives, among whom was Capt. Lucas, her master, at the time she took fire on Traverse Bay and burned to the water's edge. The St. Albans punctured her bow with ice while leaving Milwaukee and had to be abandoned. Then the Milwaukee was converted into a lumber barge, was run into by the propellor Hickox about thirty miles off Milwaukee and sank. The loss of the Nashua with all hands was a peculiar one. Her hull which now lies on the beach near Goderich, Ont., was found floating with a large hole in her side, which it was thought was caused by the boiler rolling out of her, thus capsizing her and drowning all on board as none of the yawl boats were lowered. The City of Toledo was driven on the beach at Ludington and went to pieces. The Oswegatchie, another of the old fleet, was lost on Lake Huron last fall. A few more were converted into barges and they have found a resting place on the beach on some of the lower lakes.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1892