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p.1 Determine The Law - Detroit, May 14th - Cleveland fishermen who had nets seized by Canadian cutter Petrel claim the nets were in American waters.


Vessel And Crew Lost.

Milwaukee, Wis., May 15th - Evidence of a collision and the loss of a vessel and the entire crew was furnished yesterday on the arrival of the fishing tug Fred Engel at Kenosha. The Engel picked up a plank bearing the name of Kate Kelley, a yawl bearing no name and a bucket marked "Steamer Petoskey." The schooner Kate Kelley was owned in Chicago and due there a day and a half ago. The steamer Petoskey is safe in Chicago. Capt. Lyman of the steamer Nyack states that when off Kenosha he began to see a great deal of wreckage. He believes it is the wreckage from a steam barge. There is no doubt that all five of the crew of the unknown schooner which foundered off South Milwaukee perished.

p.4 Editor At Home - The steambarge Quebec struck bottom near Jones' Falls and had to be repaired in the dry-dock at Kingston.



The Cause Of The Accident In the Welland Canal.

Many vessels were still delayed within Welland Canal waiting for the break to be repaired. The break was the most serious that has occurred in years. The banks are torn away in many places, and the roadbed of the Grand Trunk railroad at the tunnel is washed out badly. Tons of earth from the canal banks cover the rails for half a mile. Capt. Simmons, commanding the steamer Jack, said to a reporter: "This is the first trip of the Jack, as she is a new boat. We were very cautious, and when the accident occurred I was on the bridge myself. We had passed the lower locks all right and were congratulating ourselves that we would soon be out of the canal, when the accident occurred. We had just entered lock twenty-three and had slowed down, when I gave the engineer the signal to back. Instead, the second engineer, who was on duty, worked her ahead, and before anything could be done to stop her, she crashed into the head gates and tore them out. The rush of water struck us, and we were sent flying backwards, taking with us the foot gates and landing against the banks of lock twenty-one, smashing another head gate. The engineer says he mistook the signals."

A Storm on the Lakes.

Chicago - Although the storm on the lake was particularly severe, few disasters are reported, and no loss of life is known, unless the report that a vessel was seen to capsize and sink five miles north of Racine proves true. The schooner J.B. Kitchen is ashore on Middle Island, near Alpena, Mich.; the Quickstep is on the beach near Sheboygan, Mich., and fears are felt for the safety of the Millard at Alpena. A vessel thought to be the Reindeer is ashore near Blackrover, Mich.; an unknown schooner is at anchor, dismasted, off South Milwaukee, and a despatch from Sheboygan says a large steamer has been seen apparently disabled off Centreville. A report from St. Joseph, Mich., says an unknown yacht is ashore near that place. The str. Puritan from Chicago for St. Joseph, had a narrow escape from foundering off the later port in the storm.

Blew Out a Tube - While the river steamer Unique, bound up, was in Lake St. Clair last evening, a tube in one of her boilers blew out, killing Anthony Case, a coal passer, and fatally injuring John Hant, a fireman. George Robinson, the engineer, sitting on the port rail, was knocked overboard and drowned. There were forty passengers on board the Unique, but a panic was averted. The Unique was brought here by a tug.

Paragraphs Picked Up - The str. Chieftain has cleared with Calvin company's third raft for Quebec.

The barge Peruvian, loaded with 3,000 bushels of wheat, cleared for Smith's Falls Monday.

The steambarge King Ben has a large quantity of pulpwood to transfer to Cape Vincent.

At the lower end of the Beauharnois canal there are large quantities of ice piled up on the banks.

The schr. Vienna has gone to Burlington to load 8,000 bushels of wheat for Richardson & Sons.

Commencing June 18th the str. Bon Voyage will resume her route from Chalotte to Alexandria Bay, calling here.

The M.T. Co's new schooner Dinsmore (sic) took 50,000 bushels of wheat down to Montreal last week. She only drew 8 1/2 feet, loaded.

Capts. Craig and McSherry bring the str. Pilgrim to Kingston to take the place of another steamer not yet ready to begin ferrying.

Capt. Milne has charge of the tug Maggie May this summer. She will tow a barge down the canal and return from Ottawa with lumber.

Capt. McIlwain, St. Catharines, has been confirmed in his position of government inspector of hulls and examiner of masters and mates for the western district.

The steamer Tilley, grain laden from Fort William to Kingston, had her cargo shifted by the big seas on Sunday, and took water aboard and wet much grain. She is being righted at Sault Ste. Marie.

On Monday the strong northwest gale drove the schooner C.T. VanStraubenzie, from Oswego to Toronto, into Charlotte, and, in her attempt to enter for anchorage, without the aid of a tug, the vessel became grounded at the mouth of the river.

On the up trip the tug Walker broke her wheel at this end of the Morrisburg canal. She will be docked here and a new wheel adjusted. The Walker was only drawing 8 1/2 feet of water so that the str. Campana's draught will have to be lessened still more before she can get through.


The Barge Peruvian Had To Be Beached.

The barge Peruvian, being towed by the tug Maggie May, struck a stump near Brewer's Mills yesterday and smashed a hole through her bottom. The water poured in at a great rate, and the captain thought it advisable to beach her. This was done. The barge did not settle for two hours after she was run ashore. Another barge was used to save the cargo, but a large number of bushels will be damaged. The Peruvian had 3,000 bushels of wheat and barley consigned to Capt. Foster, Smith's Falls. It was shipped by Richardson & Sons. The barley is nearly all saved and it is not expected that the wheat is very much damaged. The damaged grain will be brought back to the elevator and dried in the kiln. Mr. Richardson does not anticipate any great loss. The accident was caused by the rudder of the barge breaking. She swerved out of her course. Capt. Milne had charge of the tug.

p.6 Drowned In the Canal - St. Catharines, May 15th - As the str. Nipigon loaded with lumber bound down the new canal was entering lock 11 early this morning, Frank Bushaw, mate, slipped from the deck and was drowned.

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