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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1893

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A hurricane, if anything more severe than that of a week ago, struck Lake Ontario this morning and made Kingston a shelter for wind-bound vessels. The present season is considered by mariners as a most treacherous one, as the damage done by the equinoxial gales is generally great. There were no vessels or steamers in port this morning with the exception of the regular steamers plying about Kingston. It is expected there were a great many out in the wind, however, and accidents will not be a surprise.

The str. Empire State was to have taken an excursion down the river but between wind and rain she did not go. The steamer moved up behind Swift's storehouse for shelter and had a big time getting it.

A mariner stated this morning that outside of the M.T. Co.'s dock Gunn's wharf was the only safe place for a vessel to lay in a wind.

The str. Ocean passed up this morning and will catch some rough weather on the lake.

The str. Spartan is due here this afternoon from Montreal. The weather down the river may detain her.

Today's rain and wind will raise the water in the St. Lawrence at least a foot. Rideau canal will also benefit by the blow.

The schr. Grantham made an exceptionally quick trip to Charlotte. She left Kingston Tuesday night and was back this morning. She had coal for the K. & P. and just got in in time.

The schr. Ella Murton was lying at the Rathbun Co.'s old dock this morning when the gale came on. She was not very well sheltered and it was not very long before the spiles were flying and the vessel heaved over to the M.T. Co.'s dock. The side of the dock was damaged. The schooner escaped injury.

The str. Bannockburn was to have taken on coal for fuel at the M.T. Co.'s dock today and cleared for Oswego to load coal for Fort William. She will return with grain. The wind will retain her from starting.

The prop. Alcona and barge Alta were to start out last night, but both captains are glad today they did not start.

The str. Algonquin left for up the lakes last night. She is sure to have it pretty rough on Lake Ontario.

Mr. Parsons, Buffalo, has arrived in the interests of the insurance companies in the matter of the damaged grain of the str. Alcona and barge Alta.

While the coal oil yacht owned by Mr. Macdonald, of the Ontario bank, was being brought to the city from the west, it was injured and had to be repaired at Carleton Place. The boat arrived here yesterday.

The str. D.D. Calvin and barge Ceylon will be put into the grain trade for the fall work.

The str. Glengarry, en route from Fort William, passed Port Dalhousie last night. The Glengarry was towing the schr. Minnedosa, and will accordingly be windbound in the canal, as the horses could not pull the Minnedosa through today.

The schr. Dunn reported at Port Colborne last night. She is bound for Toledo.

The prop. Hall, with barges Adriatic and Norton, Duluth to Kingston, wheat, passed Port Colborne last night.

The str. D.D. Calvin and barges are in from Oswego with coal to be taken to Montreal.

Clearances: prop. Pickands, Buffalo; schr. Denver, Dexter, wood; str. Algonquin, Cleveland.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Perth; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, coal; prop. Kate Butteroni, Chicago, 36,000 bushels wheat; prop. Escanaba, Chicago, 35,000 bush. corn and 21,000 bush. oats; prop. Oregon, Chicago, 42,000 bush. corn; prop. Germanic, Chicago, 35,000 bush. corn; prop. Duncan, 56,000 bush. corn.

The steamers Butteroni and Escanaba arrived at Portsmouth today from Chicago with 93,000 bushels of corn and oats. They could not be unloaded on account of the storm.

The Grain Was Sold - The damaged grain of the str. Alcona and barge Alta was sold by auction this morning. There was over 900 bushels of the Alta's cargo and over 300 bushels on the Alcona. Joseph Franklin was the highest bidder and got the Alta's grain for 19 cents a bushel and the Alcona's for 12 1/2 cents a bushel. The Alcona's grain was the most damaged. The buyer has to pay the duty on the grain.

A Thrilling Experience - while crossing from north shore of Hay Bay at Woodcock's ferry, the horse treader scow began to leak and almost sank, unbeknown to the two ladies on board.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1893