The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - There was no royal mail line boat up yesterday, the Corsican having gone into quarters for the winter season. There will be only two boats per week from this out.

The propeller Glengarry left the government dry-dock on Friday and re-entered it on Saturday night to complete repairs.

The str. Enterprise is reported a total loss. About 600 bushels of wheat, only slightly damp, was saved.

Incidents of the Day - At a meeting of the Portsmouth council on Sept. 5th, on motion of W. Holland, seconded by the reeve, it was decided that the clerk should request the agent of the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company to reinstate the men lately discharged by him; otherwise the council will not give any exemption from taxation to the company. A copy of the resolution was ordered to be sent to the president of the company.


The schr. Picton, 9,100 bushels of peas, is in from bay ports.

The schr. J.S. Parsons is in from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

The Kingston foundry had the contract of doing the work for the str. Glengarry.

The prop. Argonaut came in on Saturday from Chicago. She has 41,000 bush. of wheat.

The tugs Bronson and Walker cleared for Montreal this morning with eight loaded barges.

The str. North King did not go down the river yesterday. The str. James Swift went down.

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

The str. Cuba, Montreal to Hamilton; str. Ocean, Hamilton to Montreal; str. Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal, called at Gunn's dock.

The str. Calvin and tow, 145,000 bushels of wheat, from Duluth, arrived on Saturday and unloaded their cargoes at the M.T. Co.'s dock.

The str. Glengarry and barge Minnedosa have cleared for up the lakes again. The Glengarry only takes one barge this time on account of heavy fall weather.

The schr. Julia has gone on Davis' dry-dock for repairs caused by her running on the bottom at the head of Long Island last week. She will have new planking put in besides caulking and other things.

R. Davis & Son have received a communication from Edmonton, N.W.T., negotiating for the building of a small steamboat this winter. The boat is to be sixty feet or seventy feet long and about eleven feet wide. It is to run a seven mile current. Mr. Davis is pretty sure of getting this contract.

The Canadian schooner J.N. Carter, lumber laden, is ashore on Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay. She is out eighteen inches all around and is on a smooth rock bottom. The Carter is owned by Diment, Picton. Eleven years ago the Carter was ashore at Kincardine and the tug Erie Belle, working at her, blew up.

The str. Enterprise, with grain for Richardson Bros., Kingston, went ashore on North Point Reef on Thursday. A heavy sea was running, every wave going over the wreck. The crew of thirteen, including one woman, were taken off by the Thunder Bay life-saving crew. They were forced to jump overboard one by one, and were then picked up by the life-savers in the boiling seas. No one was injured, but two were nearly drowned before they could be seized and pulled on board the life-boat. There is a possibility the Enterprise may be saved. Her rudder and stern post are gone and she is full of water. She was laden with 27,178 bushels of wheat from Fort William, which was insured for $17,880.

p.3 The sloop Laura D., Kingston, a few days ago, picked up a cargo of wood in Preston's Bay, Amherst Island. Some of the wood is known to have been in the water nearly a century, and yet, when taken from the water, was in a good state of preservation.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1894