The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1893

Full Text


Aug. 28, 1893


Aug. 29, 1893

p.1 General Paragraphs - The sailing yacht Garfield, owned by Dr. Curtis, Kingston, called at Belleville on the way up the bay with a private party.

During the gale this morning, the Two Brothers dragged her anchor in Picton bay and collided with a schooner. Both boats were injured.

The str. Hero could not make her regular calls today. She only stopped at Bath on her way down. She could not stop at points on the south side of the bay.

Capt. Fleming, of the str. James Swift, says the weather last night was the worst he ever experienced. He had great difficulty keeping the boat from running ashore.

The Passport had a big time getting away from the Clayton dock. In springing on a line a huge spile was pulled out and a big hole smashed in the steamer's side just above the guard.

Capt. Donnelly was on the steamer Algerian the other day when the men were in swimming off the dock. The captain says the fellows were off a steamboat lying at the dock. He did not notice the men before the Algerian moved or he would have telephoned the police.

The str. Passport passed down the river this morning with 175 passengers, but the storm was so severe Capt. Craig thought it wise to stay at Clayton. He returned to the city this afternoon, and the passengers left for the east on the train. None of the steamers of the Thousand Island steamboat company made their regular trips this morning.


[Watertown Times]


....Observant pleasure seekers have probably noticed that the trees upon all of the islands are young, or of second growth. Some fifty years ago the firm of Cornwall & Walton, of Alexandria Bay, owned all of the American islands from the head of Wellesley Island to Morrisburg, below the Rapid du Plat. In those days these islands, with the exception of the timber, were considered worthless. The wood was cut and used by steamers running from Lewiston to Ogdensburg, consisting, at different periods, of the Lady of the Lake, Niagara, Cataract, Bay State, Ontario and New York. The Northern transportation line of propellers, running from the upper lakes to Ogdensburg, as well as Canadian steamers also consumed large quantities of wood. From 10,000 to 15,000 cords of wood were cut annually, and the "choppers" received goods at Cornwall & Walton's store once a week for their labor. The principal wood docks were at Alexandria Bay, Goose Bay and at Peel's dock....


Arrivals: prop. Ohio, Chicago, 61,000 bush. oats.

The schr. Ella Murton picked up a small boat, probably off some yacht, a few miles out from Charlotte on Sunday.

Clearances: str. Vail, Buffalo; prop. Acadia, Toledo; str. Passport, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

The str. Magnet, placed on the route between Toronto and Montreal, is fully thirty-five years old, a fine evidence of longevity.

It was reported that the schr. Grantham had left Charlotte yesterday, but Donnelly Bros., her owners, do not think she was out in the storm.

The Oregon, Viking, Verona, Josephine, Parker, Elfin-Mere have all been chartered to bring corn from Chicago to Kingston at 3 cents per bushel. The Argonaut loads for Ogdensburg at 3 1/2 cents.

Capt. Saunders, of the schr. Ella Murton, says he struck a big hail storm about fifteen miles out from Charlotte, Sunday afternoon. The weather was rough and the men were unable to remain on deck.

Passed Port Dalhousie last night: str. Hiawatha, Kingston to Toledo, light; barge Sheldon, Kingston to Toledo, light; str. Britannic, Kingston to Cleveland, light; barge Foster, Kingston to Chicago, light; str. Wilson, Chicago to Kingston, oats; schr. Manitouwoc, Chicago to Kingston, corn; str. Aztec, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Zapotec, Chicago to Kingston, corn.

Out In The Storm - Capt. T. Donnelly has received a despatch stating that the schr. Grantham left Charlotte. She was out in the storm last night, but the captain says he has no fears of her safety as she is well rigged with new canvas. Many improvements were made to the Grantham this year.

p.4 Captain Lennon's Shot - Detroit, Aug. 28th - Capt. William Lennon's sailing vessel was loaded with wheat and preparing to sail; two union sailors came on board and attacked captain; Capt. Lennon shot one. ..."Capt. Lennon lives at 197 West Seneca street, Oswego. He has a wife and a large family of grown children. He has been in the Dowd several seasons. He has sailed many vessels and has many friends along the lakes. He is fifty-five years old. For four years he sailed the schr. Kate Kelly. He also commanded the old schr. Rising Star. The schr. Reuben Dowd is owned by Hurley Bros., Detroit, and Capt. Lennon, the latter having one-quarter interest."

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
26 Aug 1893
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1893