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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Aug 1893

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The Reports To Hand From The South Shore.

The schr. Dunn will be in Davis' drydock for three days and will be thoroughly caulked.

Night and day gangs are engaged joining the parts of the S.S. Bannockburn in the dry-dock.

Donnelly Bros. received a telegram from Charlotte late last night stating that the schr. Grantham was at that port.

The strs. Orion, Owen Sound and Columbia, with barge Foster, from Kingston to Chicago, have passed Port Colborne.

R. Davis has received word from Prescott to go down and fill the contract for the rebuilding of the steamer City of Belleville.

The schr. Fleetwing is now being painted inside. The outside will not be painted until after the vessel makes a trip to Sodus Point.

The steam yacht Gazelle pounded against a sunken spile and succeeded in tearing a hole in her hull big enough to sink her. She was soon raised and is being repaired.

On Monday evening the tug Active and three barges, laden with grain, cleared for Montreal. During the storm the three barges ran aground on the Sister Islands, but were released without damage.

Arrivals: str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Algerian, Montreal; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Cuba, Hamilton; prop. Ohio, Chicago, 61,000 bush. oats; str. Arabian, West Superior, 21,000 bush. wheat.

The str. Glengarry and barge Minnedosa, laden with grain from Fort William for Kingston, remained in shelter at Port Dalhousie during the storm yesterday. The storm was one of the most violent that has been experienced in the Port Dalhousie district in many years.

The str. Islander had her rudder chain broken. She was blown into the pocket at Johnston's dock, Clayton, and couldn't get out. She lay there rubbing up against the dock in a familiar manner that ripped several bits of area off the dock and somewhat strained the ship's timbers.

The talk of marine men is the course taken by the captain of the Passport from Clayton yesterday. The steamer had $1,600 worth of passengers on board and a great many think that it would have been much more advisable to run through to Montreal and not attempt to stop at docks before turning back to Kingston. About a hundred of the passengers had to be sent on by train. However, the chief engineers thoroughly endorsed the captain's act. The Passport went down this morning and the Corsican in from Toronto is awaiting orders.

The storm did much damage to vessels in the vicinity of Charlotte yesterday. The schr. Singapore, owned by Capt. Thompson, Toronto, is ashore at Forest Lawn; schr. Jessie Mathews belonging to Hall & Co., Ogdensburg, foundered in the gale twenty-five miles from Charlotte and all the members of the crew were lost; the schr. Wheeler belonging to Hall & Co., is ashore at Forest Lawn with a load of coal. She is practically a wreck. The schr. Mills foundered twenty miles off Charlotte and the cook and two seamen were drowned. The schr. Grantham, owned by Donnelly brothers, was in the gale, but managed to run back to Charlotte. The schr. Bullock is ashore at Manitou Beach. She is in bad shape and belongs to Ogdensburg.

Good Profit For Capt. Davis.

Capt. John A. Davis is lucky. Six days ago he purchased H.H. Warner's steam yacht Siesta for $4,000. The yacht cost $38,000. Capt. Davis, her commander, had a claim of $2,800 against her, and there were other claims amounting to $700, so that the Warner estate only got $500 clear out of the sale. On Wednesday Capt. Davis received a despatch from George Green, a New York hotel keeper, asking him how much he would take for the yacht in cash. Capt. Davis replied that he would sell her for $7,000. Green then asked for a description of the yacht, and Sunday he came to see the Siesta. After inspecting the boat he called Capt. Davis and offered him $6,000 for it. This was refused and he added $500 more. Then Capt. Davis told him he wouldn't sell for $6,999.99. Mr. Green said he would give him $7,000, provided that he would command her for two months and guarantee that she could make twelve miles an hour. This offer was accepted, and Mr. Green paid $250 down to bind the bargain.


The steamer Atzec (Aztec ?) with 36,000 bushels of grain from Chicago. She was out in the storm of yesterday and lost her consort.

About eight o'clock yesterday morning, while off Long Point, struggling in the storm the tow line holding the consort Zopetec snapped and the vessel drifted away.

The captain of the Atzec hovered about for about thirty hours, but finding no trace of the craft came on to Portsmouth. The captain believes the Zopotec has foundered. She had a crew of seven on board.

The Zopotec had a cargo of 57,000 bushels and was commanded by Capt. S. Howe, of Marine City, Mich.

The Atzec's cargo has shifted and she is over consideraby on one side. Capt. T. Thompson reports a terrible storm. The owner of the vessels has been notified by telegraph.


At Sackett's Harbor the schr. Monitor, owned by B. Eveleigh, broke from her moorings, struck the pier, carrying away jibboom, headsails, etc. Water poured in through a large hole in her side. The private yacht Naiad, owned by Capt. McCaleb, U.S.A., foundered at her anchorage. The yacht R.P. Flower has a hole in the bottom and is badly injured. The scow Emma D., of Alexandria Bay, loaded with stone, is badly injured, but is being kept afloat by the pumps.

Monday night the tug Proctor, Ogdensburg, left Charlotte for Ogdensburg with three schooners loaded with coal, the Matthews, Wheeler and Jennie Mills. When forty-five miles out the Matthews broke her tow and has not since been heard from. The captain is Frank Lumb, the stewardess, Miss Bertha Robinson, and there are four seamen. Later the Mills was found to be sinking. The Proctor, although disabled, rescued Capt. Langan and two seamen. The other unknown seamen were drowned, and also Mrs. Mary Sequin, the stewardess. The Wheeler went down off Forest Lawn, about eight miles east of Charlotte. Her crew was saved. The Proctor, Capt. W.A. Russell, ran back to Charlotte. The three schooners and their cargoes were valued at $42,000, insurance not known.

The schr. Singapore, of Kingston, drifted ashore at Forest Lawn without a crew. She was sailing light. It is supposed that her crew perished.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Aug 1893