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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The steamer Alberta, owned by Hinckley, of Cape Vincent, is ashore on Whiskey Island shoal, one mile above Grindstone Island. She went aground Saturday night. She is coal-laden and consigned to M. Delaney, Thurso. She lies in a bad condition.

A Captain Dead - Capt. Booth received a telegram this morning that Capt. Harvey Neelon, St. Catharines, had died suddenly of heart disease. Capt. Neelon was part owner of the prop. Tilley. He was well known in Kingston. Capt. Booth will attend the funeral.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. T. Donnelly, jr., returned to the city on Saturday, from Toronto. He was there as a witness in the case of McDougall vs. the Montreal transportation company.


The schr. Grantham has gone from Fairhaven to Toronto with a cargo of coal.

The str. Ocean from Hamilton and str. Arabian from Montreal were the arrivals this morning.

The str. Ella Murton will probably bring two loads of coal from Fairhaven for Breck & Booth.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes is in with a cargo of coal from Charlotte. She may make another trip.

The schr. B.W. Folger cleared for Oswego Saturday night. Capt. Bates expects to run on till December. The Folger has been one of the lucky vessels to be kept going.

Capt. Ostrander, of the schr. Burton, is in the city. The Burton is laid up at Picton and has been there since July, having had nothing to do in that time. This indeed looks like hard times and Capt. Ostrander is readily believed when he says he never saw the like of it. There are three other vessels laid up with him.

p.2 Removing The Shoal - It is not likely that the work of removing the shoal near Brockville will be completed this year. The shoal is seventy-five feet long by seventy-five feet wide, and the current is so strong divers find it difficult to work. Next year, if work is continued on the shoal, a breakwater will have to be built to lessen the speed of the current.

p.4 Telegraphic Ticks - During a heavy fog the str. Arthur Orr collided with and sank the steamer Thomas H. Smith off Racine, Wis. The Smith's crew of 13 men were rescued.


Amherstburg, Ont., Nov. 13th - On Saturday evening about six o'clock the large wooden steamship C.B. Lockwood, bound down with iron ore, collided with the schr. Nicholas, bound up with coal, in the channel at Lime Kiln Crossing.

The schooner's steering gear gave way when within a few yards of the steamship and she swung across the channel. The steamship stove her forward works in, and sank immediately, but not before her bow had gone hard on the rocks, and the sudden stop caused her to break in two. The schooner was very slightly damaged, and proceeded on her way.

The divers were at work all day trying to patch the leaking in the Lockwood so the ore can be taken out of her by the sand pumps. Her position does not obstruct the passage, but leaves only about seventy-five feet and makes it very difficult.

The steamship Onoko in coming down took a sheer, caused by the current and struck the Lockwood in the stern and drove her about five feet further down stream, placing her in a worse position than before and doing her more injury. It is said the damage to the Lockwood alone will exceed $65,000.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1893