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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1893

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The Propeller Acadia In A Very Bad Predicament.

Capt. T. Donnelly reached home this morning after spending several days at the wreck of the prop. Acadia, sunk in the Morrisburg canal. Few have wider experience in the wrecking line than Capt. Donnelly, and when he says that the present undertaking is the hardest job he ever attempted the supposition that the Acadia is in an extremely critical predicament is well founded. Capt. Donnelly was in Belleville when he received the message of the disaster. The telegram read that the boat was afloat and led the inspector to believe that the job was only an ordinary one. He was not a little surprised when arriving there to find that the vessel's bottom was gone and the cargo almost a total loss. The firm has kept four steam pumps, night and day, at work trying to float the boat but without success. This scheme had to be abandoned and now the cargo is being removed. The Acadia's cargo consisted of $56,000 worth of merchandise; of this at least $40,000 worth is destroyed. Most of the cargo was consigned to Port Arthur and consisted of sugar and merchandise. The Hudson Bay company had $13,000 worth of sugar and tobacco and after receiving $3,000 the company insurance the company will suffer a loss of $10,000. A portion of the remainder of the cargo was insured.

A despatch from Port Colborne, this morning, states: "The barge Lisgar sprung a leak coming down the lake, in yesterday's gale, having six feet of water in her hold when arriving here last night. She put an extra hand pump aboard and went down the canal this morning."

Clearances: schrs. Flora Emma, Fleetwing and Fabiola, Oswego, light; tug Walker towing barge Cornwall, Oswego, light; schr. Minnedosa, Duluth, light; schr. Acacia, Oswego, light; prop. Josephine, towing schr. Thomas T. Parker, Erie, light, to load coal for Chicago.

The str. James Swift arrived from Ottawa this morning, after her second trip down the Rideau. This time the boat had a nice trip, and Capt. Noonan was well pleased with the working of things.

The palace steamers of the Thousand Island company go on the route on June 25th. The Empire State makes daily trips between Ogdensburg and Kingston, calling at Brockville.

Arrivals: str. Spartan, Toronto; str. James Swift, Ottawa; str. Passport, Montreal; tug Herbert Larkin, with scow loaded with freight of prop. Acadia sunk in Morrisburg canal.

T. McGinnis will again be steward of the St. Lawrence. His many old friends will welcome him back again.

Mr. McDowall's catamoran arrived today from Cape Vincent. It is an oddity to Kingston people.

John Rice, first engineer of the str. Deseronto, is laid off for a couple of days through illness.

The schr. Wells is unloading her second load of coal at the asylum dock.

Capt. Towers, western manager of the R. & O. N. Co., is in the city.

The M.T. Co.'s barge D. is on Davis' dry-dock being overhauled.

A Fine Boat - The str. Columbian, about to make her first trip this year, is fixed up in elegant shape. During the winter various improvements have been made to the boat. Her cabin and saloon are simply gorgeous; additional staterooms have been put in and decorations exquisite in design set off the interior. The dining room and kitchen present the most modern appearance and steward Hepburn, whose wide experience counts for something, should be elated over his station. Mr. Stata, Montreal, is the chief waiter, and both officials are most obliging. A telegraph system, from the wheel house to the engine room, will be put in. Seventy persons can be accommodated at the table at one time.

p.4 Disabled In Lake Michigan - Chicago, June 13th - The sidewheel steamer Muskegon of the Goodrich Transportation Line, which left here at 7:45 o'clock last night, was disabled when five miles off Evanston by the breaking of the walking beam and the subsequent collapse of almost her entire machinery. There were thirty passengers on the steamer.

The life-saving crew of Evanston heard the signals of distress and telephoned for tugs, which reached the steamer shortly after midnight and arrived here with the Muskegon about daylight.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1893