The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1894

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p.2 Wolfe Island Matters - July 18th - ....Port arrivals: sloop Souvenir, of Kingston, at Rathbun's with lumber; scow Dandy with wood; schr. Violet at R. Armstrong's for grain.....



The str. Escanaba is in the canal with grain for the M.T. Co.

The str. Orion will probably make a trip to Toledo for timber.

The tug Thomson arrived with five light barges from Montreal.

The schr. Loretta Rooney cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Breck & Booth.

The str. Glengarry, with barges Minnedosa and Kildonan, cleared for Fort William to load grain for Kingston.

Marine men are kicking that the buoys on the two water circles leading from the pump house should be changed to tin buoys.

The tug Jessie Hall is understood to have made a handsome day's pay by pulling the steamer J.C. Ford off Ogden Island shoal on Sunday.

The str. Rideau Belle met with a serious accident in the Tay canal last night. She was just going in the first lock on her way to Perth when something went wrong with her machinery and she struck the front of the lock. This would have been all right had not the water flowed through the gates. The machinery being disabled the steamer could not be prevented from smashing back into the rear gates. So hard was the crash that a large hole was knocked in her stern. The steamer sank in the lock with the water above her decks. The Belle had just been returning from Smith's Falls and had no passengers aboard. She was due to leave Perth the next day to run on her regular route to Kingston. Mr. Fleming, purser, and son of the captain in charge, arrived in the city by train this morning. He states that the accident was due to no negligence on the part of any of the officials. Every man was at his post and Capt. Milne was in charge of the wheel. The Belle is owned by Capt. Noonan, running the str. James Swift to Ottawa. The boat will have to be raised. Outside of the hole in her stern it is not likely the damage will amount to much.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1894