The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1894

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p.1 What Is In The Wind - The Kingston and Montreal forwarding company has been offered a bonus to transfer their plant from Portsmouth to Prescott. Correspondence respecting this matter will be opened at once. The stockholders think their business would be done more satisfactorily if they were nearer their elevator in Ogdensburg.

General Paragraphs - Last night the S.S. Cibola was released from the dry-dock after having had her bottom scraped and painted with two coats of patent material guaranteed not to come off in a hurry. Capt. Solmes superintended the work and that is a guarantee it was well done.


The tug Bronson and four barges arrived light from Montreal.

The steambarge Nichols arrived from the Bay of Quinte with sixty tons of hay.

The schr. Acadia arrived today from Charlotte with a cargo of soft coal for Smith's Falls.

The sloop Maggie L. from Howe Island discharged 3,000 bushels of peas and oats at Richardson's dock.

The tug Thompson and four barges cleared with 100,000 bushels of wheat for Montreal. The S.S. Bannockburn and consort left for Fort William, light.

The sloop Edith cleared for Clayton, N.Y., with a cargo of shingles and lath, and the sloop Dandy went to Seeley's Bay with a cargo of lumber and drain tile.

The prop. Arabian arrived last evening from the west and lightened 24,000 bushels of grain. Before proceeding to Montreal she was delayed five or six hours in having machinery repaired.



The Barge American Lost - The Crew and Their Effects Saved.

About three o'clock Sunday morning, the barge American owned by Timothy and John Donovan, Oswego city, bound to Prescott with 462 tons of coal sprung a leak and foundered in Lake Ontario. Capt. McDermott, master, said:

"We left Oswego about 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and the pumps were sounded at six o'clock. The American was not then leaking. About nine o'clock the pumps were again sounded, and there was no water to speak of in the hold. Just before lunch time I tried the forward pump again and found about thirty-six inches of water in the hold. I was thunderstruck and without saying anything walked aft and found about thirty-six inches of water aft. I immediately put four men at the pumps and although they worked hard the water kept gaining at the rate of about thirty inches an hour. We were in tow of the str. Hall and the barge Noyes was ahead of us. I signalled the condition of the American and as we were unable to keep her free the Hall came to our assistance. About two o'clock there was about five feet of water in the hold and I then directed to prepare to leave. The pumps were kept working while the mate and one man got the effects of the sailors, etc., together and they were taken to the Hall. When it was seen that the boat must sink and she had become unmanageable the men got into the boat and we boarded the str. Hall. Shortly after the American went down head first. She must have split right in two for after she had settled away both spars flew clear out of the water and fell over by her side. The Hall took us to Cape Vincent. The telegraph office there has been destroyed by fire and we were unable to telegraph the announcement of the accident. The American went down about half way between Oswego and Galloup Island light. There was no sea running at the time. I cannot account for the accident."

The American was built as a canal schooner at Three Mile Bay, by Wilcox, in 1870. About three years ago she was purchased by the Donovans and transformed into a tow barge. She was classed A-2 by the Inland Lloyds and was valued at $4,000. She was insured for $3,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1894