The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Oct 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Queen of the Lakes cleared this afternoon for Charlotte to load coal for the M.T. Co.


There are no vessels reported at Port Colborne for Kingston.

The schr. Fleetwing is being repainted. Her bottom will be white and sides green.

There is nothing for small vessels to do at this port. Marine business was never so dull.

The str. Magnet will lay up at Kingston this fall so as to begin early on her route from Hamilton, Toronto and Bay of Quinte ports to Montreal.

A dense fog hung over the lake this morning for several hours, and for a short time it was impossible to see ten yards ahead. The prop. Ocean, bound up, remained in port until the fog lifted.

Departures: prop. Tilley and consorts, Welland canal, light; tug Walker and four barges, 100,000 bushels grain, Montreal; tug Bronson, Montreal, four barges, 85,000 bushels of grain; S.S. Rosedale, Welland canal, light.

Arrivals: strs. Bohemian and Ocean, Montreal; Magnet and Cuba, Hamilton; Algerian, Montreal; sloop Idlewild, Wolfe Island, 1,500 bushels oats; tug Bronson, three barges, light, Montreal; S.S. Rosedale, Chicago, 62,000 bushels corn.

Last evening while en route to Montreal, the str. Magnet, Capt. Lafrance, ran on a shoal near Gananoque. The accident caused the entire destruction of the port wheel. The steamer is now lying at Gananoque. The boats of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. have been very unfortuante this year. The str. Passport is on the dry-dock at Montreal being repaired, the Corsican is waiting to get in, and most likely the Magnet will have to be docked.

Yesterday when the tug Petrel reached the steambarge Colonial, ashore at Pigeon Island with grain, the captain was at Cape Vincent. He went there to ask the owners of the boat for advice. The mate would not enter into any arrangements with Capt. McDonald respecting the releasing of the boat. He said there was four feet of water in her hold and that she was in a bad state. She had been strained by the rough sea and it would not be well to try to pull her off. To lighten her would be the best process. The Petrel came back to the city and left, this morning, for the Colonial with a steam pump. It is likely that by this evening the boat will be afloat.

About ten o'clock the tug Petrel returned from the Colonial, after leaving a steam pump on board. The Petrel will take an elevator from Portsmouth to the steamer for the purpose of lightening her. She is owned by Moore & Gilchrist, of Cleveland, and must have on board 80,000 or 90,000 bushels. She is the largest boat that ever passed through the Welland canal. She draws sixteen feet of water and is leaking badly.

p.3 Some Old Time Affairs - discusses destructive fire in Kingston harbor on April 18th, 1840; the attempt to blow up str. Great Britain at Oswego in June 1840 by friends of pirate Bill Johnson. [Toronto Telegram]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Oct 1893