The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jun 1895

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The str. Jack has been partially pumped out at Alpena and is now afloat. It is thought the wreck can be towed into shallow water and patched up. Her owner has arrived and states that the Jack was insured for $28,000.

The str. Passport left for Montreal last night, and the str. Spartan will be up today.

The steambarge King Ben has been chartered for 1,000 tons of coal for Smith's Falls.

The steambarge King Ben's smoke stack has been cut so that it can be lowered in going under the Newboro bridge on the Rideau.

The prop. Tilley arrived up from Duluth this morning with a cargo of flour. She lightened about 700 tons and proceeded to Montreal.

The str. America is admitted to be the most handsomely fixed up steamer entering this harbor. She will be ready for work in a few days.

Arrivals: Prop. Toltec, Duluth, 39,000 bushels of wheat; prop. Mystic, Superior, 50,000 bushels of wheat; schr. Straubenzie, Buffalo, 24,000 bushels of wheat.

Passed Port Colborne: Strs. Saginaw Valley, Duluth to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Melbourne, Cleveland to Montreal, flour; Armenia and barges, Ashland to Garden Island, timber.

Word has been received that the steamer Perley, of the Upper Ottawa improvement company, was burned to the water's edge on the Chats Lake, at Arnprior, early Tuesday morning. Not only was the steamer totally destroyed, but the men on the boat had a narrow escape with their lives. The fire originated from the upsetting of a lamp while the boat lay anchored several hundred yards from shore shortly after midnight. The fire spread so rapidly that the men on the steamer found they could not extinguish the flames and, noticing this, the anchor was lifted, the machinery put in motion, and the burning vessel directed towards the wharf as the only hope of saving the lives of those on board. Fortunately the distance was only a few hundred yards. The vessel touched the wharf just in time to allow the men to escape. A few minutes afterwards it was a mass of flames. In reaching the wharf the burning vessel swung against the steamer Janet Craig, anchored there, and this boat also took fire, but the flames were extinguished before any damage was done. The Perley was used as a tow boat between the foot of the Snow and the head of the Chats Rapids. It was worth $15,000 and insured.

The Spartan's First Trip.

On Sunday afternoon at three o'clock the old mail steamer Spartan left Swift's wharf bound for Toronto. She made good time up the Bay of Quinte, calling at Deseronto and Belleville. At the latter place, the boat having gone on, direction slightly ahead, our captain was warned by another that a large stone lay directly ahead, (ie. why has it not ere this been removed by a charge of dynamite ?) However, only a short delay was caused by the obstruction. Capt. Grange was quite equal to the emergency. The steamer backed out and although the passengers showed some slight symtoms of impatience, the up trip was made quite up to time, the Spartan arriving at Toronto at seven a.m. sharp.

On the return trip several Jews, amongst a number of passengers, numbering fifty or sixty, requested a dish of potatoes served up in old Erin's favorite style. Their request was complied, for some people know that the choicest portion of a "spud" lies nearest to the skin. Altogether, the first trip of the good boat Spartan has, as far as is known, resulted in a complete success. She has, from an artistic point of view, turned out A-1.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jun 1895