The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1893

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p.1 Will Wreck The Vessel - Mariners say the free westerly wind of today will wreck the steambarge Colonial on the reefs at Pigeon Island. She was badly strained by the south-westerly winds of Saturday and Sunday but the westerly wind will catch her more freely. The tug Petrel was unable to reach the Colonial today. During the day the crew of the Colonial remain on board. At night they sleep on Pigeon Island.



Owing to a break in the Welland canal the schr. Verona, now in port, was detained there twenty-five hours.

On Wednesday the prop. Glengarry and schooner Minnedosa will arrive from Fort William with 90,000 bushels of wheat.

The steamer Princess Louise, after a very successful season, has gone into winter quarters. The work on the route will be done by the steamer Pierrepont.

The S.S. Algonquin would have been here today, had she not failed to get to the canal on Saturday evening in time to be locked through. She will arrive tonight with 68,000 bushels of corn.

Last evening at eight o'clock the S.S. Bannockburn arrived from Chicago, with 60,000 bushels of corn. She was unloaded and cleared this morning at five o'clock for Fort William to load wheat. This is quick despatch.

Action has been entered against Mr. Phelps, Cape Vincent, owner of the steamer William Gilbert, to collect for the loss of the canal boat H.C. Leroy, which went to pieces with a load of pulpwood off Four Mile Point. The Gilbert is to be libelled.

Departures: tug Walker, Montreal, 75,000 bushels corn; tug Bronson, Montreal, four barges, 100,000 bushels corn; str. Marquette, Welland canal, light; str. Oregon and barge Verona, Welland canal, light; S.S. Bannockburn, Fort William, light.

Saturday evening there were five boats at Swift's dock, the steamers Bohemian, Columbian, Corsican, Spartan and Magnet. The str. Bohemian went to Montreal on her last trip. While the str. Magnet is being repaired the Corsican will run the route between Hamilton and Montreal.

Arrivals: strs. Bohemian, Corsican and Persia, Montreal; prop. Ocean, Hamilton; prop. Cuba, Montreal; str. North King, Charlotte; tug Thompson, Montreal, two barges, light; sloop Laura D., Bay of Quinte ports, 2,000 bushels of peas; S.S. Bannockburn, Fort William, 60,000 bushels of corn; str. Marquette, Chicago, 56,000 bushels corn; str. Oregon and Verona, Chicago, 100,000 bushels corn; schr. Ella Murton, Oswego, 450 tons of coal.

The wind has been blowing so strong from the south-west since the steambarge Colonial ran ashore at Pigeon Island that it has been impossible to lighten her. Yesterday afternoon the tug Petrel went to the boat and another steam pump was placed on board. There are now two pumps on the steamer. Two more will be put on today. When the weather moderates, the tug Petrel, towing the barge Muskoka, will go out to the Colonial. The Muskoka will be filled with grain and the remainder of the cargo will be pumped in the lake. A member of the crew of the Petrel was on the unfortunate boat yesterday. She was then rocking and straining hard. Pieces of oakum, which had got away from the seams, were strewn about the decks, and the smokestack was hanging over the side. She is in a very bad condition and if she is not released soon will go to pieces.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1893