The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1893

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Clearances: tug Bronson, Montreal, with four barges; schr. Folger Sodus Point; schr. Annie Falconer, Sodus Point

The steamer Merritt, owned by Mr. Chamberlain, Toronto, will be lengthened and receive compound engines. She drifted away from her moorings this morning during the storm.

The schooner S.H. Dunn arrived at Garden Island yesterday, with a cargo of timber. This is her eighth cargo between Duluth and Kingston. She is through with the timber business, and will now await orders.

Arrivals: str. Monohansetty with schr. Aberdeen, Fort William, 100,000 bush. wheat; str. Arabian, Fort William, 40,000 bush. wheat; str. Columbian, Chicago, 55,000 bush. corn; str. Lake Michigan, Montreal.

The damaged corn of the cargo of the str. Colonial was scooped in by the Kingston syndicate this morning. Harry Richardson was the bidder, and the 10,000 bushels were knocked down to him at 17 1/4 cents per bushel. There was no opposition in the bids. The price was fixed beforehand.

The bottom of the steambarge Colonial now in the dry-dock, is in a bad condition. A new bottom will have to be put in the boat. There are two large stones embedded in the timber. They worked in while the boat was pounding on the shoal. The damaged grain in the boat smells bad and will be sold today.

The str. Monohansetty, towing the schooner Aberdeen, arrived in port yesterday afternoon. The Aberdeen had a little trouble getting into the dock, however. She ran aground off Richardson's dock by getting in too close to the shore. Considerable difficulty was experienced in getting the schooner off. The propeller could not do the work and a couple of the M.T. Co.'s tugs finally succeeded after several hours hard work. The tow comes from Fort William with 100,000 bushels of wheat.


The fine, balmy weather with which everyone was pleased, was broken at midnight, by a fierce wind and rainstorm. The wind increased in velocity at intervals, until it seemed to have cyclonic force.....

The scene in the harbor was exciting. Great waves washed over the wharves and rolled up the banks of Point Frederick. Boats pounded against the wharves, and one large vessel at the M.T. Co.'s dock had to be removed to the dry-dock for safety. The steamer Magnet, in front of the city hall, stood in danger of being badly injured. She could not be kept steady and finally was towed to Garden Island by the tug Petrel. The Magnet, having only one wheel, it was feared she could not be towed to the island, but through the careful management of Capt. McDonald, the boat went across all right.

The str. Whitney and barge Wayne were unloaded at the M.T. Co.'s dock yesterday, and would have cleared for Erie last night had not the storm broke out. The boats will remain tied up until the gale ceases.

Both the schrs. Annie Falconer and B.W. Folger cleared for Sodus Point yesterday afternoon to load coal for Swift & Co. The Folger was the first to leave, and got away shortly after dinner. The Falconer cleared between 4 and 5 o'clock, and fear is entertained by some as to the whereabouts of the vessels. They certainly could not have reached their destination, but the probability is that both boats ran in for shelter. They had plenty of warning of the storm, as the wind raised gradually until reaching the height of a regular hurricane. Both vessels had been laying at this port for weeks back waiting for charters. It would indeed be hard if anything happened to the vessels. Both schooners are manned by able seamen, Capts. Bates and Cornwall, and their most intimate friends think all will be well....

The schr. Grantham unloading coal at the C.P.R. dock drifted away and pounded against another dock. She was not injured much.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1893