The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Capt. Craig says the str. Passport has made the fastest time of any of the mail boats this season. The steamer left Kingston the other day at 5:15 a.m., and arrived in Montreal at 5:37 p.m.


The Captain Would Not Make A Deposition.

The prop. Egyptian, whose escort, the schr. Law, collided with the schr. Vance, escort of another steambarge, on Lake Erie, on Thursday last, is at Portsmouth. Capt. Taylor went out last night to get the captain's affidavit but he refused to make a deposition. He will wait and be heard before the authorities at Buffalo. The collision was a most curious affair. The tows were going in opposite directions and the steambarges passed each other at least 100 feet apart. As luck would have it the consorts of each steamer swung out towards each other and finally crashed together. The tow lines were out in full length and this is how the vessels came to collide. The Vance was struck by the bow of the Law amidships and sank ten minutes afterwards. The Law was not damaged so badly. The Egyptian managed to tow her consort towards shore until she got in shallow water. The minute the Egyptian cut her tow line the Law sank from view. The weight of the line pulling her had kept her above the surface. The Law went down in seventeen feet of water. Immediately after the collision the crews of both vessels were taken aboard their respective steamers. When the crash came the force of the collision shook the Egyptian like a leaf. Both the sunken vessels had about 50,000 bushels of grain. The loss will be heavy and it is expected there will be some great kicking made by the insurance companies.

The Elevator Scheme.

Mr. Mooers, grain and produce merchant, says that this season's rush of grain is only an example of what may be expected in years to come. There was never more need of an elevator than at present. An elevator is a paying investment and there would be no trouble at all to get stockholders. Men of money would jump at such a scheme. There is no safer speculation, and if the site was given the building would soon be in erection. He compared Kingston to Buffalo. In the latter place there were seventeen elevators in full blast. Buffalo is just such another transhipping place as Kingston.

Mr. Stewart, manager of the K. & M. F. Co., says he has had lots of telegrams this year asking him if he could store grain. He was obliged to answer in the negative. His company has at present 200,000 bushels of grain stored at Ogdensburg while the M.T. Co. has about 700,000 bushels there.

Marine Paragraphs.

With reference to the shortage of 680 bushels in the vessel's cargo the captain of the schr. Pennington has received word from the owner of the boat to place his case in a lawyer's hands. Macdonell & Mudie have the matter now in hand. The Pennington was consigned to the M.T. Co., and the str. Spencer, which towed her, to the K. & M. F. Co.

Clearances: str. Wilhelm, Fairport, light; schr. Crossthwaite, Cleveland, light; schr. Nirvana, Cleveland, light; schr. Minch, Chicago, light; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, cedar posts.

The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Co. has over 4,000,000 bushels of grain to tranship so far this season. This exceeds last season's work by over 1,000,000 bushels already.

Work on Calvin's new tug, at Garden Island, is progressing. The boat will be launched iin the fall, but the machinery will not be placed in her till the spring.

Arrivals: str. Brittanic, Chicago, 50,000 bush. corn; tug Walker, Montreal, ten barges; schr. Fleetwing, Sodus Point, coal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1893