The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1893

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p.1 Vessels Are Windbound - There were thirteen boats wind-bound at Cape Vincent this morning. Vessels and tows dare not venture out. One large propeller coming up the river anchored off the Cape this morning and dragged anchor quite a distance. The storm signals have been up here since Wednesday.

General Paragraphs - The tug Cummings, burned at Cape Vincent yesterday morning, was well insured.

L. Joyce sailing all season on vessels on the upper lakes, arrived here yesterday and left, today, for his home in Chaffey's Locks.


The schr. Queen of the Lakes is loading lumber for Oswego.

The str. Ocean will be laid up at Hamilton. She passed up last night.

The prop. Acadia passed up for Lake Superior this morning. This is her last trip.

The str. Bannockburn passed Amherstburg, yesterday afternoon, and is now in the canal.

The prop. Orion, from Lake Superior, was expected to arrive today with 28,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur. She will go into winter quarters at Collins Bay.

The schrs. Fleetwing and Folger were unable to leave port this morning on account of the high wind and heavy sea on the lake. Both vessels are loaded with lumber for Oswego.

The machinery for the new steambarge being built by A.W. Hepburn, Picton, is in. The work of finishing the vessel is being pushed rapidly, and she will be launched before the harbor closes.

After making a round trip between Hamilton and Montreal, the steamer Magnet will winter here, making three steamers belonging to the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company to lay up in Kingston.

The str. Johnston has been hauled out at Garden Island and will be repaired. The steamer was run aground recently and had a hole knocked in her bottom. She was just gotten out in time to save her from sinking.

The M.T. Co.'s shovellers have had a rich harvest this season. The men began work in May and have nearly worked seven months. Fifty-five of them will average about six months work, and their pay in each case is close to $700. Before the season is over they will, probably, go over this amount.

The prop. Cuba arrived in port last night. The accident she met with in Cornwall canal was not a very serious one and will not cost much to remedy. The steamer merely broke one of the bolts holding the gates together. It was soon remedied and things were working again in a few hours. The Cuba will make another trip to Montreal yet this fall.

A Valuable Present.

The shovellers of the M.T. Co. presented Edward Bennett, boss of the three gangs, with a handsome gold chain and locket, yesterday afternoon. The locket is beautifully engraved, and has Mr. Bennett's name on one side and a compass on the other. The present was worth $150. This is the first time in the history of the company that a presentation to one of the workmen has occurred. Mr. Bennett has been in the employ ten or twelve years, and is much respected by the men. He left today for Ireland to spend two months at his old home.

p.4 Signs Of A Wreck - Port Elgin, Nov. 17th - Large quantities of steamer wreckage, consisting of portions of cabin, pails, pillows, etc., have been coming ashore here, one piece of a board with a few letters on was found, but no name could be made out. The severe gales and snow storm of the past few days have evidently wrecked some steamer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1893