The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1893

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The prop. Denver, Kingston to Buffalo, light, reported at Port Colborne last night.

So great has been the forwarding business of the K. & M. F. Co. that a scarcity of barges is the result. The company is now awaiting barges from Montreal.

The str. Columbia makes a trial trip this afternoon. She will take a spin around the harbor, and up as far as Nine Mile Point. The Columbia makes her first trip to Toronto on Saturday.

Clearances: sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, cedar posts; tug W. Gilbert, Sackett's Harbor, light; str. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie; schr. Grantham, Sodus Point; str. North King, Charlotte.

It is urged that a telephone system should be utilized along the St. Lawrence canals. There is now no quick communication in case of accident; where important interests are at stake modern methods should be introduced.

This morning Capts. Fanning and Mitchell said the members of the Dominion parliament were very inconsistent. They protested against the opening of the world's fair on Sunday and allowed boats to pass through the Welland canal on the same day.

John O'Shea says it is his belief that the body of the unfortunate sailor, McCrimmon, drowned off the schr. Fleetwing, is still on the bottom where it first struck. On account of the cold weather the body has not come to the surface.

The water in the Wolfe Island canal was lowered about six inches on Saturday. In the morning the str. Princess Louise made the trip over from Cape Vincent through this channel with apparent ease, but upon returning in the afternoon the steamer was bumping on bottom most of the way. Unless the water raises the canal will not be used.

The yacht Countess of Dufferin was recently sold for old junk to South Chicago people for less than $300. In 1875 the Countess was built at Cobourg, by the late Alex. Cuthbert, at a cost of $12,000. She was sold to Capt. Prindeville, Chicago, a few years after, for $5,000. Since going to Chicago she has been a failure as a racing craft, and has been principally used as a cruiser.

Arrivals: sloop Maggie L., Picton, wheat; str. Rideau Belle, Perth; str. Passport, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Cuba, Montreal; schr. Straubenzie, Sandusky; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego; str. Gilbert, Oswego, light; barge Ella Louise, Oswego, coal for Smith's Falls; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent; prop. W.B. Hall, Toledo, 28,000 bushels of corn; prop. Hiawatha, Toledo, 48,000 bushels corn; str. Escanaba, Chicago, 36,000 bushels corn; schr. Flora Carveth, Pickering Harbor, 13,000 bush. peas.


Will leave Channel Grove every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Eight for Kingston. Returning leaves Swift's wharf at one o'clock. On returning to Kingston leaves the Grove at 5 p.m., giving parties from the city an opportunity of a pleasant sail and a few hours at the Grove.

Two nice Cottages to Rent at Channel Grove for the season at seasonable rates. The grove is open to private and Sabbath school picnics free of charge. Theo. Briggs, Manager.



Owen Sound, June 5th - The C.P.R. steamer Athabaska arrived down last evening from Port Arthur after a foggy passage. She spent some 15 hours at Bear Island trying to pull the sister boat, the Manitoba, off a reef on which she struck during the dense fog.

After twice breaking her hawser she was obliged to leave the Manitoba, which lies easily, and as the weather is fine and effective assistance will be promptly sent from here the Manitoba will soon be afloat again.

The accident happened about 9 o'clock on Saturday evening, and after a momentary scare all the passengers settled down to make the best of their disappointing detention. This was easy to do, owing to the admirable treatment meted to them by Captain Anderson of the Manitoba and by Captain McDougall of the Athabaska. A tribute of appreciation of the conduct of the former in a somewhat trying situation was tendered to him in the form of an address, signed by all the male saloon passengers. (followed by details of said passengers.)


Montreal, June 5th - The str. Bon Esprit, with 50 persons on board, had a narrow escape from being dashed to pieces in the Lachine Rapids yesterday afternoon. The Bon Esprit runs between Lachine and the Indian village of Caughnawaga across the river. To reach the other side the boat has to go up the river and then drop down.

When out in the centre of the stream some of the boat's machinery gave way, and she commenced to drift helplessly toward the head of the rapids. There was an immediate panic on board.

Captain Gauthier and his mates in vain attempted to restore order, and getting out sweeps tried to drive the steamer over toward the Caughnawaga shore. The steamer was almost at the head of the rapids, when several canoes of Indians put out from Caughnawaga to her help. Ropes were thrown to the canoes, which attempted to tow the little craft towards the shore. They were only partially successful.

The steamer went at a terrific rate down the rapids, but fortunately grounded on the Caughnawaga side before the worst part of the rapids had been reached. The shock threw the passengers to the deck and stove in the bows of the boat.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1893