The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Aug 1894

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Aug. 14, 1894

p.1 Collapse Of A Wharf - 500 people attending picnic at Channel Grove, Simcoe Island; about six o'clock the str. Maud arrived from Cape Vincent; everybody tried to get on board at once; wharf collapsed and 30-40 people landed in water; everybody rescued; officers of St. Lawrence steamboat company will not land at Long Island Park or Simcoe Island unless gates are put up to control crowds. (full column)

The Wm. Booth Burned - Port Colborne, Aug. 14th - The Salvation Army steamer William Booth, after being released from the beach near here last Friday, was taken to Robinson's dry-dock for repairs. While on the dock Sunday night she caught fire and was burned to the water's edge.


On Monday morning three American barges arrived from Ottawa with lumber for Oswego. They were located in the bay at the foot of the Montreal transportation company's shipyard to await the arrival of a tug. In the evening, about 6:30 o'clock, Leon A. Roberts, one of the crew, was fooling with his brother on the deck, when Leon got his foot in a stove pipe that was sticking out of the cabin roof. He could not regain his balance and tumbled over the side of the boat. He fell between two logs, striking one of them in his descent. His father, master of the barge, tried to save his son, but could not reach him before he was drowned. The old man tried to fish Leon out with a pike pole, but could not find him after he got under a log. A short time after the accident a diver recovered the body, and it was raised to the barge. Dr. Saunders was called and notwithstanding his efforts failed to revive life. Deceased was twenty-one years of age and belonged to Champlain, N.Y.

Another Drowning Accident.

Next morning a little child belonging to Capt. Ernest Secott, on one of the M.T. Co.'s barges, fell off the boat and was drowned before any one knew that he had fallen overboard. Capt. Secott's family lives on board and the children are allowed to play around the deck. The captain was engaged all morning, as was his wife and the little fellow's absence was not noticed until James Gowan and some others noticed the little body floating on the surface. The child was immediately hauled out and efforts to resuscitate it were made, but it was beyond all human aid however. It had been dead some time. Mrs. Secott is in great grief. She was formerly a school teacher. The loss of her boy is a sore blow.

General Paragraphs - The floating debt of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. stands at $400,000 as against $537,000 last year.

p.4 A Steamboat Race - Hero beats Maud in race to Kingston.


Schr. B.W. Folger cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal.

The schr. Delaware is at the asylum dock with coal from Oswego.

Yesterday Mr. O'Connor piloted the str. City of Windsor down the river.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived at Swift's dock this morning. She comes from Charlotte and has soft slack.

Within the last two days two loads of wheat have been chartered at Chicago to go by Montreal. Both were made on a 2 1/2 cent rate to Kingston.

The M.T. Co. has little grain moving for it other than the company's own tows, the strs. Bannockburn and Glengarry. These boats carry 300,000 bushels of grain.

The str. Passport, up from Montreal, turned round here and went back to Montreal, taking an excursion of between 300 and 400 off the G.T.R. from the west.

On Saturday while coming up the river light towing two barges, the tug Myra's shaft broke near Iroquois, and the tow drifted on to Doran's island, without sustaining injuries.

The str. Bon Voyage met with an accident at Charlotte on Monday and was unable to come to Kingston to take over the excursion she had advertised. There were a large number of people disappointed.

Arrivals at Swift's dock: str. Bohemian, Montreal; str. Varuna, Trenton; str. Passport, Montreal; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Magnet, Montreal; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Lake Michigan, Montreal; str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls.

Damage To A Yacht - Dr. Black and party were tenting on Brothers Islands, with yacht anchored; big storm blew yacht to opposite shore where it pounded all night and was almost a total wreck.

Sailing Around The Lake - sailing yacht Isis left Cape Vincent on Saturday for Oswego, driven by storm across lake, arrived at Portsmouth Sunday night at eleven o'clock, struck sunken pier and put hole in yacht.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Aug 1894