The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1895

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The schr. Annie Falconer has cleared to load coal. The schr. Fleetwing should be in today.



Amherstburg, June 7th - Last night Capt. Dunn, of the government steamer Petrel, manned the small yacht Ranger with ten of his men, well armed, and proceeded to look out for the garbage boats. He was soon rewarded by seeing the tug Grace E. Ruelle and her dump scow steaming down and dumping in Canadian waters. Capt. Dunn kept his eye on his prey until they got beyond Bois Blanc Island, in American waters, still dumping.

The captain had no lights on his yacht and, consequently, was able to get to the tug with her scow before he was noticed. On seeing the little craft the dumpers made a desperate attempt to get through the Canadian channel and out into Lake Erie, but Capt. Dunn suspected they would make this attempt and as soon as they got into Canadian waters he made after them and demanded the captain of the tug to stop. He declined, whereupon Capt. Dunn ordered his men to fire, which they did. This had the desired effect.

Capt. Dunn got aboard of the tug Ruelle and placed his men in charge and brought the outfit and crew to this port. The crews of both boats were immediately locked up and their outfit placed in charge of the officers of the Petrel. The people here are greatly excited and demand that the severest penalty be given the parties arrested, but would rather have the owners, who are residents of Detroit, than the unfortunate crews.



The schr. Parker cleared for the Welland canal today.

The steamer James Swift will not run down the river on Sundays this season.

The schr. Straubenzie cleared for Oswego last night to load coal for Hamilton.

The schr. Parker unloaded corn at Portsmouth, and had seventy-five bushels over on her cargo.

Wheat is quoted at 3 1/4 cents to 3 5/8 cents for transportation to Kingston from Chicago. The corn rate is 2 1/2 cents to 2 5/8 cents.

The St. Lawrence river steamboat company has already many charters for excursions the coming season.

The K. & M.F. Co. have been obliged to hire outside barges. Their own barges are not adequate to do the business.

The sloops Pilot and Hardy have 2,000 bushels of oats and 2,000 bushels of peas, respectively, for outside ports, at Richardson & Sons.

Many citizens hurried down to Swift's dock last night as the R. & O. N. Co.'s steamer came in sight. It was expected by many that the company's new boat, to take the place of the Magnet, would be up, but they were fooled. When the boat got close to the dock it was found it was the Corsican. The new boat is not ready yet.

To Recover Damages.

Alpena, Mich. - The Canadian str. Jack, which sank the steel str. Norman in Lake Huron, last week, got away at noon yesterday, one hour ahead of the filing of a libel for $100,000 in suit instituted by the owners of the Norman. It is thought the departure of the steamer was hurried on account of rumors that officers were on the way to tie up the vessel. It is reported that the Jack will keep in Canadian waters on the way down the lake. The Menominee Transit Co., which owned the Norman, alleges in its libel that the loss of the steamer and three of her crew was due to faulty navigation on the part of the Canadian boat.

Sank At Cleveland.

Cleveland, Ohio - The large new passenger steamer Magnus sank in the Cuyahoga river off the custom house docks last evening. The Magnus was partly loaded with pig iron and had tied up for coal. When the lines were loosened she listed to starboard and gradually sank in thirty feet of water leaving only the tops of her masts above water. The Magnus was about to make her first trip, her destination being Hamilton, Ont. No passengers were on board and the crew easily rescued. The cause of the accident is said to have been overloading while another view is that her cargo shifted.

Marine Insurance Losses.

Chicago - Carefully revised figures on the insurance losses of the season up to May 31 give the astonishing aggregate of $836,873. Up to the same date last year insurance losses were $203,798, and in 1893 $314,703. The total insurance losses for all of last season amounted to about $1,000,000. The losses already met by the underwriters, with about six weeks of navigation, approximate the list for all of last season. The underwriters state that there has never been in the history of the lakes so disastrous a showing for the spring months.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1895