The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1893

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The str. Hero will lay up on Saturday. She had a good summer season.

The tug Bronson is in this morning with four barges from Montreal.

The schr. White Oak was obliged to run to this port for shelter. She had left Oswego for Toronto.

The str. Glengarry went up to Fort William without a barge this trip. She wished to make a quick trip.

The schr. Folger had her topmast broken in the gale last night. The snow storm that struck the city about six o'clock last night was blinding on the lakes.

The str. Magnet was expected down two or three days ago. A telegram received states she only left Hamilton on Saturday. She was held back by bad weather.

The steambarge Quebec is ashore at Mud Island between the mouth of the canal and Carleton Island. She is loaded with 40 or 50 tons of hay for Richardson & Sons.

The tug Active cleared down the river, last night, with four barges of grain. She exchanged tows with the tug Hall and arrived back this morning with five light barges. The Hall proceeded to Montreal.

The contract in respect to the leasing of Davis' dry-dock by the M.T. Co. company has not been completed and it will not be until December. The str. James Swift is in the dock receiving new trusses. The str. Hero will go in next week for general repairs.

The schrs. Grantham and B.W. Folger have arrived back again. They were unable to brave the storm on the lake and put into this port. The schrs. Fleetwing and Queen of the Lakes went on, but it is unknown whether they will make Oswego or run into shelter behind some island.

The prop. Bannockburn arrived in from Fort William Sunday morning, with 61,000 bushels of wheat, was speedily unloaded and cleared again last night for the upper lakes to bring down another load. This will be her last trip. The Bannockburn has lost no time since she began running.

The str. Arctic, as yet under construction, arrived at Swift's dock yesterday afternoon. The steamer is being built for the lumber trade, but her decks and wheelhouse are not all completed. The owner, however, is a money maker, and before the ice forms wishes to get a load of lumber down from Deseronto to Clayton. Strough & Brooks own the lumber.

The schrs. B.W. Folger, Fleetwing, Queen of the Lakes and Grantham all set sail about eight o'clock today from the harbor. The first three named go to Oswego with lumber, while the Grantham proceeds to Toronto. She was obliged to run into here for shelter Friday night. A race will occur between the other three. The Queen is the fastest sailor.

An examination revealed the reason why Captain Featherstonhaugh, of Oswego, failed to jump far enough and was drowned. When the steam pipe broke, the wheelhouse, in which the captain was, was filled with steam which burned his face from the top of the skull to the nose. The whites of the eyes were scalded and caked. This explains why he did not reach the pier. In the excitement probably, the captain did not notice his injuries and when he jumped he was not able to accurately estimate the distance and fell short.

The str. Magnet ran aground on Telegraph Island, between Northport and Deseronto, last night. She left Belleville during the snow storm yesterday afternoon. A lighter was sent up from Deseronto and the steamer had to be relieved of most of her cargo of general merchandise before she could get off. She is now in Deseronto. The steamer is not damaged.

The schrs. Fleetwing and Queen of the Lakes were obliged to run to the Bay of Quinte

and are now at anchor off Fish Point.

The M.T. Co. is beginning to lay up its barges. A few more cargoes will conclude the season's business.

Two Bodies Recovered - North Bay, Nov. 20th - drowned off the str. John B. Fraser.

p.4 A Tug Destroyed - Penetanguishene, Nov. 20th - Capt. Charles Martin, of Port Severn, with the tug Minnie Martin, left Waubaushene yesterday with a scow in tow, on which he had five horses, a cow, pigs, pigs and fowls, hay and oats and household furniture, sleighs and complete shanty outfit stored, caught fire from the sparks of the tug as they were passing the reformatory grounds. The contents will be a total loss. The scow was saved by the tugs Osprey and Bruce. The loss will be in the neighborhood of $7,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1893