The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1894

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p.1 Pulled Off Easily - Last evening Capt. J. Donnelly received a message to go to Picton with two tugs to release the S.S. Carmona which ran aground near Picton. The strs. Chieftain and Reginald were engaged. The Chieftain's line was attached to the Carmona and she was pulled off easily. Two steamers had previously tried to release her but failed. The Carmona had five hundred passengers for Oswego, going to attend the firemen's convention there. When the boat was released none of the excursionists wanted to back out of the trip.

Successfully Floated - Picton, Aug. 23rd - The Carmona was successfully floated this morning. The tugs Chieftain and Reginald arrived from Kingston at three o'clock, and after four or five hours work succeeded in pulling her off and towed her to Hepburn's dock. There is no damage to the hull. She will take her passengers at Deseronto and return to Toronto.

General Paragraphs - The str. City of Owen Sound is at Collins Bay. She will clear for Ashland, Wis., to load timber.

Duluth grain men offer 3 1/2c to Kingston, boats to load anytime between Sept. 1st and 15th.

A dingy was lost from the yacht Mary, of Kingston, on the run over to Oswego Tuesday night.

A Cheque For $500 - During the recent accident to the steamer Algerian when she became disabled in the rapids, Capt. Dunlop displayed considerable courage, and his actions were appreciated by several female passengers. One of them sent him a cheque the other day for $500.

p.2 Napanee, Aug. 23rd - ....The str. Merritt took the Napanee excursionists to Deseronto and left them to board the str. Carmona, which was to call at Picton and other points. Just before entering the Picton harbor and with full speed on she ran aground on the blue clay reef. Owing to the position in which she lay the tug Resolute and str. Merritt could do nothing as it was all side pulling. They had to send to Kingston for a long hawser and will require lighters.

p.4 A New Steamer For the Lakes - Collingwood, Aug. 23rd - The Great Northern Transit Company has decided to build immediately a first class steamer to be superior to any on the lakes in every respect and to have a speed of sixteen miles an hour without forcing and capable of being increased to eighteen or nineteen miles an hour. The new steamer will have the latest improvements throughout, both in machinery and accommodation to passengers. The new steamer will be ready for business at the opening of navigation in the spring of 1895.


The schr. Annie Minnes has coal for the K. & P. R. company.

Str. Ocean from Montreal to Hamilton called at Gunn's dock this morning.

The schr. Annie Minnes is in from Charlotte with coal for the Rathbun company.

The schr. Julia came in this morning from Oswego with coal for the Folger company.

Arrivals: str. James Swift, Ottawa; str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Algerian, Montreal.

The Richelieu and Ontario navigation company is preparing to have two new boats built this winter.

The strs. Chieftain and Reginald left Garden Island last night to release the str. Carmona ashore near Picton.

Departures at Garden Island, Aug. 23rd: schr. S.H. Dunn, Toledo, light; str. Armenia, barge Valencia, Oswego, light.

The steamer Magnet tried to pull the Carmona off last night but was obliged to desist after breaking a couple of lines.

The str. Glengarry and tow will be in from Fort William tomorrow and the str. Bannockburn is expected the day following. This will mean 300,000 more bushels of grain.

The str. James Swift left Swift's wharf this morning heavily loaded with freight for Ottawa and all way ports. Capt. Noonan says that business in the freight line never was better.

This afternoon the str. Empire State resumed her regular trips on the river. The men putting in the shaft worked all last night. Light was afforded by incandescents scattered through the machinery.

On Saturday the str. Merritt will arrive here from Belleville and way ports to the Thousand Islands. On Monday evening the excursionists will be given free a search-light excursion among the islands on the str. St. Lawrence. Capt. Augustus will be pilot of the str. Merritt on the trip.

The str. Algerian, en route for Kingston, broke her shaft when leaving Brockville this morning. The passengers were transferred to Kingston by train. Algerian is in charge of Capt. Dunlop. General Manager Gildersleeve was in Prescott at the time. The company has another shaft ready. It will be placed in at once.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1894