The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1894

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A few days ago Anthony Malone, of Garden Island, was on the str. Traveller going down the Gallops rapids with a raft in tow. Being anxious to send a telegram to Garden Island, and not being able to get ashore to do so, he used the Morse telegraphic alphabet with the steamer's whistle and called up the operator at Cardinal. The call is "E.K." "Not knowing whether the operator heard me or not," said Mr. Malone, "I commenced to send my despatch with the whistle, and on my return to Garden Island found that the message was received here exactly as I sent it. George Reid, the G.N.W. telegraph operator at Cardinal, deserves great credit for interpreting the signals as one cannot make them as evenly with a steamer's whistle as with a telegraph key."

Capt. Saunders is not satisfied with the bill claimed by the Cataraqui Bridge Co., for damages sustained through his vessel running against the bridge a week ago. The captain is willing to pay anything in reason, but he does not intend to pay the company for timber, etc., a great deal heavier and more expensive than he broke. He will pay for the telegraph poles, and other necessary repairs. He claims the bridge is so rotten that it could be broken by hand. The tug's machinery struck struck on the centre. This is the cause of the accident.

The Richelieu & Ontario steamer Magnet is now in Cantin's dry dock, Montreal, and the repairs are being so rapidly pushed forward that it is expected she will be ready to resume her trips before the end of the week. The only serious injury sustained was the starting of three or four plates. An examination of the boat in drydock has satisfied the officials of the company that the accident was due to the snapping of a link of the rudder chain.

Yesterday the schr. Ella Murton arrived from Oswego with a cargo of coal. Capt. Saunders says business at Oswego was never worse than at the present time. There are many vessels waiting there for cargoes.

Arrivals at Garden Island June 7th: strs. Reginald and Chieftian, Ogdensburg, light. Departures: str. Reginald, with Calvin company's sixth raft for Quebec; str. Chieftain, Montreal, barges.

John Bushel, Kingston, mate of the Corsican, had a narrow escape yesterday morning. When coming up the river he accidentally fell down the hold of the steamer. He got off with a sprained arm.

The str. Owen Sound came down from Collins Bay this morning to coal up preparatory for leaving on a trip to Toledo. This steamer will distribute the light house supplies this year.

Owing to the books of the str. Ocean being lost during the accident yesterday, the names of the men who were drowned could not be learned.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes has grain from Hamilton and Grimsby. It belongs to Richardson & Sons.

J. Deroche, late master of the schr. B.W. Folger, will go on the schr. Ella Murton this trip.

General Paragraphs - The tug Hall was obliged to go on the government dry-dock this morning to have her wheel attended to. The tug has had to do this three times this season. She is hard on wheels.

The strs. Green and Josephine both cleared for Oswego, this morning, to load coal for Chicago.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1894