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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Aug 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Ceylon had a deck load of coal for Breck & Booth.

The str. Armenia, with barge Valencia, arrived back from Quebec today. The boats took coal from Oswego, down.

This afternoon the str. Empire State arrived in tow of the steamer Pierrepont. The State was placed in the dry-dock where she will receive a new shaft.

As a result of the investigation into the cause of the collision of the steamers Islander and Alert at Round Island Park on July 27th, both captains have been suspended pending further investigations. Capt. Kendall, of the steamer Empire State, has assumed temporary charge of the str. Islander.

A Small Action.

Today the str. Empire State was towed into port disabled and tied up to the dry-dock pier. The dock has been idle, save about half a dozen days, since May 1st, and salaries have been going on at the expense of the people. There was no pressure for wharf privileges, nor any likelihood of any. It is as idle a piece of property as the city presents, yet the owners of the Empire State were at once ordered to take the boat out of the slip. Superintendent Wilson stated that he was acting in accordance with government orders. The Folger line was crippled by loss of its best boat on a day when 2,000 passengers had to be carried, according to contract, but which number was increased to 3,000 through the very fine weather. The government's action was picayune, but we cannot say that it was altogether without retribution justice. The Messrs. Folger helped to put that government back into the narrow groove it occupies.

Arrivals at Garden Island, Aug. 15th - str. D.D. Calvin, Lake Superior, timber; schr. Ceylon, Toledo, timber; schr. Scotia, Owen Sound, light; str. Armenia, Quebec, light; barge Valencia, light.



The shovellers at the M.T. company expected 200,000 bushels of grain to arrive today from the west.

While coming to the city yesterday afternoon the str. James Swift ran aground near Kingston Mills and was delayed an hour.

Arrivals: str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte; str. James Swift, Ottawa; str. Magnet, Hamilton.

Passed Port Colborne: schr. St. Lawrence, Cleveland to Hamilton, coal; Egyptian, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; Lora, Detroit to Ogdensburg, passengers.

The str. Magnet, down from Hamilton, yesterday afternoon, was crowded with passengers. The decks were strewn with cots, the berth accommodation being inadequate.

On Tuesday the prop. Ocean, which was sunk and raised, was launched from the ways at Deseronto. She was thoroughly repaired. John Charlton, H. Mason, J. McQuaid and D. Cunningham, who were employed on the Ocean, returned home Wednesday.

Last evening, between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, while the str. Empire State was on her searchlight excursion the shaft broke and she had to be towed to port. She will be off the route for twelve days, but the service on the river will not be interfered with. The St. Lawrence will do her work while a smaller boat will do the work of the St. Lawrence. In the meantime the str. Maud will run daily between the islands and Kingston. The disabled steamer arrived today.

The str. Calvin, with barge Ceylon, arrived from Toledo this morning with timber. The Calvin brought the prop. Scotia, purchased from Mr. Mills by Mr. Calvin, down with her.

Weekly British Whig, Aug. 16, 1894

p.4 The steamer Varuna passed up to Trenton with between 200 and 300 excursionists who spent Sunday among the Islands.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Aug 1894