The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1894

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New Lights On Lake Ontario.

Washington, May 11th - The lighthouse board has in contemplation the establishment of lights on Lake Ontario which will be of interest to Canadian mariners. One item provides for a light station at Carleton Island, in Lake Ontario, for which purpose $8,000 is necessary. The channel for large vessels near Carleton Island, from the Canadian to the American side, is dark and obscure. A small light would make it available at night to heavy tonnage.

An appropriation is desired for establishing a steam fog signal at Galoo Island light station, Lake Ontario. Vessels need to locate this light as soon as possible. The establishment of a steam fog signal at Tibbett Point light station in Lake Ontario will cost $4,300. This light is at the entrance to the St. Lawrence river.


The wind storm, which commenced about twelve o'clock, last night, was not expected. At ten o'clock the weather was fine and clear, and the moon shone brightly, without signs of haziness. At midnight a light breeze was felt. It developed quickly into a gale and soon the lake was seething. The Glad Tidings, a fore and aft schooner, was caught in the storm. She was on her way from Deseronto to Clayton, with 10,000 brick and cement in hold and lumber on top. She was near the Brothers when the wind became fiercest. It soon became evident to Capt. C. Kendall that if he wanted to save the crew and boat he would have to run her ashore. He, therefore, beached her a short distance beyond Baker's Point. F. Kendall, the owner, says that before the boat got ashore he was sure she would be swamped. He had been trading up and down the Bay of Quinte for fourteen years and he never saw such a sea as last night. He is positive the waves at times rose as high as the mast heads of the boat. From midnight until six o'clock this morning the crew remained aboard. During the storm part of her cargo of lumber was washed away. During the storm part of her cargo was washed away. The boat was not leaking this morning and Mr. Kendall thinks she will be got off without damage. The captain and crew came to the city this morning and returned with help. They intended to pick up the lumber and then have the boat towed off the shore. She is not insured.

Marine Paragraphs.

Richardson & Son is loading the barge Corncrib with peas for Montreal.

At Port Colborne, passed down: str. Melbourne, Toledo to Kingston, corn.

The prop. Michigan will lighten 3,000 bushels of corn and go to Montreal.

The M.T. Co.'s shovellers were obliged to quit work on account of the heavy wind.

The barge Kildonan got a couple of ribs knocked in going through the canal the other day. New ones are being put in.

Dr. Chamberlain, inspector of prisons, is trying to arrange to have his passenger steamer run at Belleville as an excursion boat.

The Calvin Co. started a raft for Montreal last night. The wind swerved round and drove the raft on Howe Island. It lay there until another shift of the wind let it get off again.

The schr. Fabiola left Oswego last night, got the hurricane at her back and flew over to Kingston in five hours. This is the fastest trip the vessel has ever made and it is a question if the time has ever been beaten by any other boat. She fairly flew through the water. She has coal for R. Crawford.

General Paragraphs - The schr. Delaware has arrived from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

p.3 Washburn, May 8th - The tug Minnie Bell and two barges lay at the dock over Sunday. The str. Nile brought down a load of poles for the telephone, being constructed between Kingston and Ottawa.

Seeley's Bay, May 8th - The steamer James Swift laid in this port Saturday night and left early next morning for Kingston. The scow Dandy arrived from Kingston Sunday morning with a load of general merchandise.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1894