The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1893

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Signal up for a moderate gale from the east.

The str. Ocean had a large cargo of general merchandise from Montreal this morning.

The barge Minnedosa is in the dry-dock being caulked. She cleared for Fort William this afternoon.

The schr. Ella Murton has been lucky enough to secure a charter for a load of coal from Oswego to Hamilton.

Departures: tug Walker, four barges, Montreal, 100,000 bushels grain; prop. Glengarry and Minnedosa, Fort William, light; str Corsican, Montreal, general cargo.

Work on the steam barges has again begun in Captain McDougall's works at West Superior, Wis. The force is to be gradually increased until 300 men will be employed. The first barge in hand is known as the yard number 105.

The steamer Swift broke her screw on her last trip to Kingston and will go into the dry-dock at Ottawa to put on another. This is the second wheel she has broken within two weeks. Each new propeller represents an outlay of about $100.

Arrivals: tug Walker, three light barges, Montreal; prop. Acadia, Duluth, lightened 5,000 bushels of wheat and proceeded to Montreal; sloop Maggie L., Bay of Quinte, grain; str. D.C. Whitney and barge Wayne, Chicago, 100,000 bushels corn; prop. Ocean, Montreal, passengers and cargo.

Capt. Saunders stated this morning that there were between sixty and seventy vessels owned on Lake Ontario from Hamilton down, and he was willing to bet that there were not half a dozen of them doing anything. Vessels have always depended on a little barley trade in the fall, but this season they are without it. The captain believed that his vessel could take all the barley up the bay in one load. The farmers were not growing this class of grain now.


Yesterday afternoon at about 1:30 o'clock the tug Petrel pulled the steambarge Colonial off the rocks near Pigeon Island, where she has been lying for over a week. She was brought to port, arriving between five and six o'clock. This morning all the wrecking apparatus was removed and the boat was taken to the dry-dock for investigation.

About forty shovellers worked nearly two days lightening the boat. After the barge Muskoka was filled the grain was shovelled into the lake. There were twelve feet of water where the grain was thrown, and a bank was formed, the top of which came over the surface. On this people stood who wanted grain and shovelled it into boats.

There were four steam pumps working on the boat. One of them owned by the Collins Bay rafting company broke down. The other three were kept working until it was found that one was sufficient to keep the water down. On the route to the city only one pump was kept working.

The boat is not out of shape, but the timbers in her bottom have been strained by rolling on the rocks. Her rudder was not broken. It is bent, and by it she was steered down the lake. She is leaking in many places in her bottom, and the water comes through only where the timbers have been strained and the oakum loosened. The smokestack is gone, left in the lake at Pigeon Island.

The repairs to be done to her in the drydock will be under the superintendence of Mr. Leslie, of the Collins Bay rafting company.

T. Hanley and H. Richardson were on board the boat this morning trying to make a deal for the cargo. Mr. Richardson purchased the damaged corn lightened from the boat into the barge Muskoka. The corn in the Colonial will be sold when she reaches dry-dock.

It is not likely the steambarge will be thoroughly repaired here. She will only be put into condition that she will stand the journey to East Saginaw, Michigan, where she is owned.

A Captain Injured - The str. Ocean had a new captain on board when she arrived this morning. Capt. Trowel, Toronto, formerly of Kingston, had taken the place of Capt. Hiram Vaughn, who met with a serious accident at Montreal, on Monday night. Capt. Vaughn is a resident of Montreal.....(in buggy accident, broke collar bone and ankle)

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Oct 1893