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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1893

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p.1 A Captain Arrested - Sarnia, Aug. 15th - Martin Kerwin, captain of the schr. Fanny Campbell, has been arrested at the instance of Buckley & Reilly, owners of the vessel. The captain is charged with collecting freight bills of which he gave no account of. He was committed for trial.


The Craft Is Admired By Scores Of Visitors.

The S.S. Bannockburn arrived from Montreal in two sections, on Sunday, in tow of the tugs Walker and Active and steadied on the sides by the tugs Gordon and Wright. The boats left Lachine on Tuesday afternoon and made a very successful trip. She was brought here in less time and at less expense than any of the steel ships towed up the river in a similar manner. It was the opinion of marine men that some difficulty would be experienced in towing the Bannockburn from Montreal to Kingston, but it was found a comparatively easy task. The parts were towed up the rapids separately and then hitched together. During the journey no lines were broken and the steamer did not sustain injury of any kind. The pilot, Capt. John Boyd, supposed to have only a slight knowledge of the river, proved his measure had not been rightly taken. He did his work cleverly and made a reputation which will do him service in future. Since the arrival of the parts of the ship they have been visited by hundreds of people and all hold the one opinion that she is the prettiest model of a steamship afloat on the lakes. As soon as competent men can be engaged the new boat will be joined together in the dry-dock. Her dimensions are: length, 254 feet; beam 40 feet; depth, moulded, 21 feet 4 inches, with a dead-weight carrying capacity of over 2,700 tons. She has been built of steel, is to take Lloyd's highest class, and has a perfectly clean deck all fore and aft, with the exception of houses for the accommodation of passengers and crew, and for the navigation of the vessel. The steamer is rigged as a three-masted schooner, is fully equipped with every improved appliance for the rapid loading and discharging of cargo, and a large number of hatches are provided for this purpose. The engines have been fitted by the North-eastern marine engineering company, limited, Wallsend-on-Tyne, and the cylinders are 21 in., 34 in. and 56 in., by 39 in. stroke, with two large steel boilers working at a pressure of 160 lbs. per square inch. A prominent feature is the stockless anchors which slide up and down through large apertures in the bow. This improvement is not on any other steel boat in Canadian waters and is very convenient.

Marine Paragraphs.

Much grain is being taken at Chicago for export via Kingston and Montreal.

The prop. Escanaba got her sea-cock out of order, and John Donnelly jr., with a diver, remedied the defect.

The str. James Swift has had her machinery rearranged and is now making good time.

The steamer Cuba ran on the Bay state shoal near Brockville on Saturday. After the craft was lightened she was pulled off.

Prop. John Rugee, J.J. Hill, Chicago to Kingston, corn; prop. Rusk, Toledo to Kingston, wheat; prop. Marsh, Chicago to Kingston, corn, passed Port Colborne last night.

The vast majority of the grain of the north-west will reach the sea via Kingston. Last year two-thirds of the crops went via Buffalo. The rates are 2 1/2 cents to 2 3/4 cents per bushel.

The str. Bon Voyage, with excursionists to the world's fair from St. Lawrence river points, was stranded at Saugatuck, Mich., and will be delayed by the accident.

The str. Bannockburn has one of the Sir William Thompson styles of compass aboard which cost 50 pounds. The Bannockburn is also the only boat on these lakes with the stockless anchor.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; schr. Isphening, Chicago, 25,000 bushels wheat; prop. Oregon, Chicago, 42,000 bush. corn; prop. James Pickards, Chicago, 43,000 bush. corn and 13,000 bushels wheat; prop. Niko, Chicago, 44,000 bush. corn; schr. Churchill, Chicago, 61,000 bush. corn; schr. Blaine, Chicago, 38,000 bush. corn.


A Toronto Schooner Sunk.

Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 14th - Saturday night, during the gale off Charlotte, the Laura, a coal barge from Oswego, loaded with coal for Toronto, went down twenty-five miles from shore. Capt. Malcolmson and his crew of five men and a stewardess took to the yawl five minutes before the boat sunk. They used a coat spread on an oar as a sail, and made Charlotte in an exhausted condition at nine o'clock Sunday morning. The Laura was owned by J. & J.T. Mathews, of Toronto, and was uninsured.

p.3 District Dashes - The Rathbun company has chartered the str. Antelope to run between Gananoque and Brockville, calling at Rockport.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1893