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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1893

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The schr. O.S. Storrs has been laid up at Napanee on account of slackness of trade.

The str. John Haggart left for Perth today where she runs an excursion from this week.

The tug Glide is in the government dry-dock today having her rudder repaired. It was much needed.

The rebuilding of the str. City of Belleville will cost between $1,500 and $2,000. The work will take about six weeks.

The Kingston foundry has the contract of adding the repairs to the boiler of the City of Belleville, being rebuilt at Davis' dry-dock.

Officer Tuttle's sailing yacht Grenadier came to grief in the recent storm. She was knocked to pieces and finally sank to the bottom of the sea.

The str. Melbourne formerly the Alma Munro passed up from Montreal this morning. Since being rebuilt her appearance is greatly improved.

The tug McNaughton, en route with four barges for Fairhaven, ran on the rocks at Pleasant Point, near Oswego, and the four barges were securely fastened there. Incompetency of the wheelman is charged as the cause of the accident.

A couple of Collins Bay rafting company's barges will enter Davis' dry-dock. Both are leaking. The barges are big boats and in order to get them in the dock the entrance will have to be widened. A foot or so can be taken off the gates.

Arrivals: str. Queen of the West, Chicago, 42,000 bushels of corn; str. Erin, Fort William, 28,000 bush. wheat; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Cuba, Montreal; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. North King, Charlotte; str. Melbourne, Montreal; str. Richards, Chicago, 35,000 bush. corn; schr. Hanlan, Charlotte, coal.

People regretted to hear yesterday afternoon that the new steamer Bannockburn had run aground about ten miles above Charlotte. It was hard for mariners to understand how this could occur but the conclussion formed was that, on her first trip the steamer had made a great deal faster time than had been allowed and consequently by an oversight of the man on watch she was let go ten miles out of her course. The Hall was despatched to the steamer's assistance about three o'clock yesterday afternoon but an hour later a message came that she was off and had gone into Charlotte to take on her cargo of coal for Fort William. The word came too late to stop the tug, however, and the steamer unless intercepted on the way will have to go to Charlotte.

The schr. Julia arrived in port, yesterday morning, with a cargo of coal for the St. Lawrence river steamboat line's own use. The vessel left Oswego about six o'clock Saturday. About eleven o'clock last night it was discovered she was leaking badly and the pumps had to be started. When the Julia touched Folger's dock, she was on her last legs, as mariners say, with three feet of water in her hold. She was soon relieved of this, however, and before dark her bottom was almost clear. A gang of men were got together last night and her cargo removed. The Julia is owned by Capt. James Savage. The schooner carried over to Oswego the first cargo of Canadian barley, 5,000 bushels from Wellington. Last Thursday the storm was very heavy and Capt. Savage says it was the severest he had experienced in thirty years. About eleven o'clock the leak became worse and it was deemed advisable to have the fire engine on hand. The Chatham was secured and engaged all night and most of the day pumping the water out of the vessel's hold. The cause of the leak is yet unknown as the cargo has not all been removed. The coal will be damaged considerably. The fire engine has pumped a steady stream. The captain thinks a plank became sprung.

No Dock At Ottawa.

Kingston, Sept. 11th - To the Editor:

I notice in the Whig, of the 8th inst., an item about me kicking against Ottawa dry-dock, copied from the Ottawa Journal. Will the editor of that paper state where the new Ottawa dry-dock is situated and when built, as this is the first I ever heard of one in that city. I further wish to inform the Journal that we have not docked over half a dozen boats from Ottawa in the last three years, so it will make very little difference to us how many dry docks there are in Ottawa. Someone has been giving the Journal toffy. The editor ought to know better than accept such unreasonable stuff. Any child knows there is no government dock there. R. DAVIS.

The Engineer's Work - Col. Anderson, chief engineer of the marine department, Ottawa, was in the city today and proceeded up the bay on a private yacht. He will take the depth of the water at different points in the bay and will also spend considerable time in arranging for the erection of the fog horn at Five Mile Point (sic).

p.4 General Paragraphs - The schr. Singapore will be left on the beach near Charlotte all winter, the same as the Bullock. A steambarge tried to pull the vessel off a few days ago and wrenched the posts out of her. Mariners think the vessel is in a bad place for the winter and that there will be little left of her bottom in the spring. A wrecking company offered to float the schooner for $500, but Capt. Thompson refused the offer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1893