The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Oct 1893

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On Friday morning the steamer Wilhelm, towing the barge Nirvana, both light, ran on Pigeon Island shoal. She was out about three feet on flat rock. At the time of striking the Wilhelm was going eleven and a half miles an hour, and must have strained and injured some of her timbers. Her bow was clear. The barge Nirvana sailed on to Oswego while Capt. McKenzie, of the Wilhelm, came to Kingston for assistance. The tug Petrel and wrecking apparatus were engaged, but the tug could not budge the big propeller. More power was needed. The D.D. Calvin was then sent to the rescue, and released the Wilhelm as fast as the ropes were arranged. Both steamers brought the Wilhelm back to Kingston. She leaked pretty badly and the captain telegraphed the owners at West Saginaw for instructions. He expected to be ordered to go in the dry-dock for inspection, but this was not done, and she cleared for Oswego today. The captain said yesterday that at the time of the accident the weather was very hazy, and it was not easy to strike the right course. He did not think the boat was as near the shoal as it was. The boat is about five years old, and was built in East Saginaw, and owned by the Inland marine transportation company.

A circular has been issued from the marine department at Washington to Canadian forwarding companies and vessel owners complaining that surveyors working on the river St. Lawrence are continually interrupted in their work by Canadian boats who sail close to where the men are working. The surveyors are taking soundings in the river between Cape Vincent and Morrisburg in order to make a passage of 1000 feet wide which will be free from shoals. This will be of great benefit to Canadian shipping and the Americans should be encouraged instead of hindered in the work. Several captains stated, this morning, that if the movements of the surveyors had been advertised there would have been no trouble.

Today the str. Bertha was not allowed to clear for Nine Mile Point with two barrels of cement and several masons without a certified master and engineer. The masons were going to put up the fog horn, and lost several hours waiting to get a clearance.

The last of the mail line boats between Toronto and Montreal will pass down tomorrow. A daily line of boats between here and Montreal will run until the season is over. The boats will be the steamers Algerian, Columbian and Bohemian.

Arrivals: prop. St. Magnus, Fort William, lightened 19,000 bushels of wheat; str. Melbourne, Fort William, lightened 8,000 bushels of wheat.

Departures: strs. Corsican, Toronto; Algerian, Persia, Cuba, Montreal; Ocean, Hamilton; North King, Charlotte; Rideau Belle, Perth.

Mr. Sparham, after superintending the laying up of the str. Spartan, left for his home in Brockville today.

There are 500,000 bushels of grain afloat for the Montreal transportation company.

The schrs. Fleet Wing and A. Falconer are just waiting for orders.

Sailors say that the Kingston dry-dock is one of the best in America.

The Sale of Hay - The schr. Queen of the Lakes from Bay of Quinte ports is discharging 130 tons of hay. It is being loaded on cars, and shipped to the United States.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Oct 1893