The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1893

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p.1 A Craft In Trouble - The yacht Madge, Napanee, with Capt. Mills, S.R. Miller, William Templeton and son, James H. Downey and Irvine Parks, all of Napanee, had a very narrow escape on Tuesday. While anchored off the head of Amherst Island fishing the cable parted, and only very skilful management on the part of the captain and crew saved the yacht from going on the rocks. The yacht ran over to Indian Point, expecting to get assistance to recover the anchor, from the steamyacht Outlet Queen, which was laying there with a government survey party on board, but were refused. The Madge laid in Macdonald cove all night and came here yesterday afternoon to get a new anchor and chain. The party report excellent fishing up to the time of the accident.



The schr. Singapore did some fast sailing this morning. She came from the False Ducks into Kingston in 1:15 hours.

The str. Owen Sound started with a raft belonging to the Collinsby Rafting Co. for Montreal today. The steamer made good progress.

The water in the harbor is lower now than it has been for years. It is one foot one inch above water mark, and has gone down gradually since July, dropping about thirteen inches.

Last spring parts of a fog horn were placed at Nine Mile Point, but they have not been put together and the horn is not in service. The horn is needed and should be erected before the bad weather sets in.

The harbor range lights were badly needed here. There has not been an accident of any account in the harbor this year this year. Before the lights were up vessels were continually getting into trouble.

Kingston is again to the front as a lively competitor with American ports in the foreign movement of grain, says a Chicago despatch. Among the morning charters were the Aztec and Zapotec to Kingston.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls; schr. Fleetwing, Sodus Point, coal; schr. Singapore, Oswego, coal; schr. Folger, Charlotte, coal; schr. Delaware, Oswego, coal.

A mariner stated this morning that the M.T. Co.'s new steamer Bannockburn was like a dark horse in the field. No one seems to have any idea what time she will make. It is the mariner's opinion that the boat will run at least fifteen miles an hour.

Capt. Williams, of the schr. Singapore, expects to see a big coal trade from Charlotte and Oswego this fall. The Ontario coal company, Toronto, has at least 150,000 tons of coal to bring over. He says there is lots of coal at both Oswego and Charlotte. Oswego furnishes most of the hard coal and Charlotte the soft.

Yesterday afternoon a survey was held in connection with the schr. Neelon, some of her cargo of grain having been damaged on her trip from Toledo to this city. Capt. Donnelly represented the owners, and Capt. J. Gaskin, the owners of the cargo. The vessel was exonerated. There were 400 bushels of grain damaged.

Early in June, when it was first observed that the large quantities of grain would come forward, shippers were notified that the M.T. company would protect them in demurrage. Therefore all charters that have been made since are made with the understanding that boats must simply wait their turn to be unloaded. Captains understand it thoroughly, therefore complainsts about delay are not so numerous as heretofore. The average delay here is about three days, a fair showing.

A Miniature Battle - Buffalo, Aug. 24th - at North Tonawanda 25 Canadians (non-unionists) were unloading the steambarge Ida M. Torrent at Kelsey's lumber deck; a crowd of 200 unionists gathered, shots fired and three men hit, the union men ended up finishing the unloading.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1893