A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION.
It Occurred On Board The Steam Barge Alberta.
Last Thursday the steam barge Alberta cleared from Dexter, N.Y., for Kingston to load pulp timber for the Dexter mills. While going down the river an explosion occurred and Capt. Hinckley steered the boat for shore. He grounded her on the rocky shore. It was found that the cylinder head had been completely blown off, and other parts of the engine injured. The broken parts were taken to Watertown and will be replaced.
Engineer James Cum, Port Clinton, Ohio, in charge, came out of the engine room after the boat had been brought to a standstill. He remained at his place of duty, groping his way about the engine room, obeying orders from the captain in the wheelhouse as they were rung out to him. Only a moment before the explosion occurred he stood directly in front of the cylinder head and had just turned away as it burst with tremendous force. The shattered parts were blown through the sides of the house, smashing into the boiler room, striking the boiler head and falling to the floor. The brave engineer held the throttle and brought the machinery to a standstill in response to the commands, not knowing what next would occur that might land his soul into eternity.
The tug Glide cleared with one barge for Montreal, Saturday night.
The S.S. Craggs has cleared for Montreal where she takes on the balance of her cargo.
The str. Acadia arrived from Duluth, lightened 5,000 bushels of wheat and went on to Montreal.
The str. Columbian will leave tomorrow for Niagara Falls. She will start excursions between Chippewa and Buffalo at once.
The str. James Swift did not go down to Alexandria Bay yesterday on account of some repairs being needed to her machinery.
The str. Cuba called at Gunn's wharf, yesterday, on her way from Montreal to Hamilton, and the str. Melbourne from Toledo to Montreal.
The Donnelly Wrecking & Salvage Co. has received the contract of raising the prop. Ocean. Besides their tender there were offers from H.A. Calvin and W. Leslie. The job of raising the steamer will be a big one and will occupy a number of days. The steamer will have to be jacked up and towed to Kingston between two barges.
General Paragraphs - Arrivals: str. Magnet, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa.
The Donnelly Co. have chartered Capt. Hinckley's steambarge Nichol to go to the wreck. She went down at noon with the pumps on board.
Incidents of the Day - Capt. Paul and Divers Scott, Coulson, and A. Mackenzie, are getting boats and apparatus ready to commence the work of deepening the shoal.
p.4 To The Scene Of The Wreck - On Wednesday, June 13th, at 2 p.m., the magnificent steamer Empire State (capacity 1,000 people) will leave Kingston for a trip among the islands and the wrecks of the Ocean and Kent. 14th batt. band on board. Tickets 35 cents; tea 35 cents.