The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1894

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At twelve o'clock, yesterday, fire broke out in the barge Acadia, in Davis' dry-dock. Before the blaze was extinguished the cabins and railing of the boat were destroyed. The fire was caused by a member of the crew, Onesime Lavay, who tried to light a fire in a stove with coal oil. After starting the fire with oil he poured more on to make the fire burn faster. The flames caught the oil in the can and an explosion was the result. Before Lavay could get out of the way he was scorched about the legs, one of which was seriously burned from the ankle to the knee. He had to be removed to the Hotel Dieu. He is nineteen years of age and belongs to Valleyfield, Que. The clothes belonging to the crew were destroyed. The barge is owned by the Montreal Transportation Co.

Are Well Patronized.

Capt. Battan, pilot for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, was in the city today. Yesterday he guided the str. Cultivateur down the Lachine rapids with 300 people on board. On Thursday he piloted the steamer Bohemian down the Lachine rapids with 1,000 people on board. He says Mr. Gildersleeve, as manager of the R. & O. N. Co.'s business, is a great success. The steamers are all in service and are crowded all the time. The trip down the Saguenay seems more popular this year than ever. The night excursions out of Montreal were never so well patronized.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. Annie Falconer is in with coal from Charlotte at Swift & Co.'s dock.

The schr. Julia has arrived from Charlotte with soft coal for the Folger company.

The schr. Loretta Rooney is in from Charlotte with a cargo of coal for Breck & Booth.

Arrivals: str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; str. North King, Charlotte; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

The tug Walker cleared for Sodus Point with two barges this morning to load coal for the M.T. Co.'s own use.

Called at Gunn's wharf: strs. Cuba, Montreal to Hamilton; Ocean, Hamilton to Montreal; Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal.

The schrs. Annandale and Baltic are in with coal from Charlotte for the Rathbun Co. and the schr. Fabiola has coal for Crawford from the same place.

The new shaft for the steamer Empire State was to have arrived today from the west. The work of constructing the shaft was superintended by Chief Engineer Derry.

The str. Wilhelm and consorts Nirvana and Galatea are in from Duluth with 124,000 bushels of wheat. The M.T. Co.'s shovellers are glad to have something to do.

The steamer North King carried an unusually large number of passengers among the Thousand Islands yesterday. The passengers included people from Rochester and Charlotte as well as many Kingstonians.

Passed Port Colborne: strs. Tecumseh and barges, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; St. Magnus, Duluth to Montreal, flour; Gov. Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; schr. Reuben, Detroit to Oswego, wheat.

The new shaft for the str. Empire State was shipped from Buffalo today, by special car to Clayton. It will be brought to Kingston by boat and inserted in the steamer at once. It is expected the steamer will be running again inside of a week.

The steamer Passport ran the Lachine rapids on Friday. This has not been the case for some ten days past, as it was deemed the safer course for the passengers to go in from Lachine by train, owing to the lowness of the water and the very large passenger lists which have been the rule of late.

The Ocean passed down from Toronto, Sunday morning, on her first trip after being rebuilt. She looks like a new boat, having received a new bow and upper works with increased passenger accommodation. She has staterooms now in which can be accommodated over ninety passengers. No expense has been spared. Her saloon is beautifully fitted up. The rebuilding was done at Deseronto under the supervision of her commander, Capt. A.T. Malcolmson, who thoroughly understands his business. He has turned her out in first-class style and finish.

p.2 Another Steamer Secured - Napanee, Aug. 19th - ....Owing to the injury to the shaft of the str. Empire State, she was obliged to cancel her engagement for the Oddfellows' and Workers' excursion to Oswego on Wednesday. The Carmona, Toronto, has been secured....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1894