The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1894

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p.1 The Lowest Point Yet - Chicago, July 18th - 2 1/8 cents per bushel for wheat to Kingston


The str. Rideau Belle met with a serious accident in the Tay canal at night. She was just going in the first lock on her way to Perth when something went wrong with captain's signals and she struck the lock, then was carried by the force of water into the rear gates. So hard was the crash that a large hole was knocked in her stern. The steamer sank in the locks with the water above her decks. The Belle had just been returning from Smith's Falls to leave Perth the next day to run on her regular route to Kingston. Mr. Fleming, purser, 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.

Passengers had to leave their baggage at Beveridge's Bay. A traveller for a Scotch house had five trunks of samples and they were ruined completely. The gates cannot be repaired until the vessel is removed, so that two or three weeks will elapse before navigation is continued. It is said the accident was caused by misinterpretation of signals. The pilot gave two strokes of the bell to reverse the engine and bring the craft to a full stop. Instead, it seems full steam was put on and the boat bounded on towards the closed gates, doing the damage. The owners, Fleming Bros., will lose about $1,250 through the mishap.

Later - Wednesday.

Capt. Noonan, of the Rideau Belle, reports that the steamer sunk some days ago in the Tay canal, will be raised today. The damage to the Belle will not exceed $100. Though a careful examination has been made under water no hole can be found, and Capt. Noonan is of opinion that the boat was swamped by the rush of water over her deck and down the hatches when the upper gate broke.



The bill designed to prevent the employment of Canadian seamen on United States vessels has been favorably reported by the American sub-committee on immigration.

H.A. Calvin, M.P., claims there is just as much timber being shipped this year as there was last year or the year before. The timber is not of as good a quality, however.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1894