The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1895

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p.1 County Court - opening of general sessions - only one civil case: Adam F. Roney vs. Thousand Island Steamboat Co. - an action for damages for $200 for the sinking of a yacht owned by Roney in a collision with the steamer Empire State during a gale. As the counsels on both sides were not ready to proceed the court was adjourned until 9:30 Wednesday.



Owner Had No Desire to Dodge the Issue.

There has been a great deal of talk recently about the str. Jack, her accident, her liabilities, etc. Capt. Donnelly, government inspector of hulls, is well posted on marine law and the Whig interviewed him this morning on the matter. He said" "There is only one coarse of procedure in all such cases. The libel against the str. Jack is not any evidence of a law suit pending nor is it any evidence of the Jack being to blame, simply a matter of precaution taken by the owners of the str. Norma, who have not yet received their insurance, to protect the interests of all concerned, by having the Jack bonded on the American side, so that the suit for damages would take place there. The owners of the Jack would have no interest at all in trying to dodge this bond, and have never done so. The procedure now will be that the owners of the Jack will apply to the courts to be relieved from this libel. The court will appoint two appraisers, generally men recommended by each side interested. They will value the Jack in her damaged condition, and that is the amount for which the bonds will be asked for. Against this the owners of the Jack is fully insured, and as soon as this is put on and bonds furnished by the insurance company the Jack will proceed to Kingston to be repaired here.

Building A House Boat.

Davis & Sons have received a contract to build a house boat for Capt. Holmes, Napanee. The boat will be 55 ft. long and 14 1/2 ft. wide with six state rooms, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. Her upper deck will be enclosed by rail and awning and will make a very pleasant place to sit. The boat is to be completed by June 20th.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schooner Fleetwing should get away for Charlotte today.

The schr. Annie Falconer has cleared for Charlotte to load coal.

The schr. Eliza Fisher is at Charlotte loading coal for James Swift & Co.

The schrs. Queen of the Lakes and Loretta Rooney are on their way to Kingston from the other side.

The R. & O. N. Co's new steamer Hamilton will be in on Friday. They say she is the finest on the line.

Cleared: Str. Clinton and barges Grimsby and Lisgar, Toledo, raft No. 6 left for Quebec in tow of str. Traveller.

The str. Algonquin took out 115,000 bushels of oats from Port Arthur for Owen Sound, last Tuesday, the largest cargo in bushels that ever left that port.

The cargo of 14,000 bushels of corn in the St. Magnus, which rolled over and sank at Cleveland, is a total loss. The steamer's boiler and machinery probably shifted when she went over.

The str. Monarch, running from Rat Portage to Port Francis, loaded with passengers and freight, was wrecked and sunk at Sault Rapids, on Tuesday, on Rainy river. The passengers and crew were saved.

The str. Passport is at Montreal getting repairs and changes made to her engines and boilers. On this account the str. Bohemian meets the down steamers at Prescott and proceeds to Montreal with the passengers.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. A.G. Lindsay, Chicago to Ogdensburg, oats; Lake Michigan, Duluth to Montreal, general cargo; Swallow and barge, Manitoulin Island to Lewiston, ties; Bannockburn and barges, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; Topeka, Chicago to Ogdensburg, oats.

The following life-saving stations on the dominion side of the lakes are in operation during the season: Collingwood, Goderich, Pelee Island, Port Stanley, Port Rowan, Toronto, Port Hope, Cobourg, Wellington, Poplar Point. All of these stations are connected with telegraph or telephone lines to the nearest point of assistance.

The total number of light stations, lightships and fog alarms in the dominion of Canada on the 30th of June, 1894, was 624, and of lights shown, 755; the number of steam whistles and fog horns, 61; the number of lightkeepers and engineers of fog alarms with ? was 630. The total cost of this service amounted to $476,225.85.

Str. Jack at Detroit - The Canadian str. Jack, famous as the boat that sank the str. Norman in Lake Huron, May 30th, was placed in the Detroit dry-dock, yesterday, to be temporarily patched up. Yesterday her owners filed a petition for limitation of liability in the United States district court, and Judge Swan appointed three appraisers to determine her value. The appraisers are: Charles M. Davis, Milwaukee; John Rice, Buffalo; and Frank E. Kirby, Detroit. They will make their examination of the vessel in the dry-dock and will probably report today. Harvey D. Goulder, Cleveland, is here representing the owners of the Norman. The Jack is valued in the Canadian Lloyd vessel register at $33,000, and she is insured with Smith, Davis & Co., Buffalo, for $28,000. Her policy is of the blanket order and covers everything.

Loss Of The Gitana.

Henderson, N.Y., June 11th - Robert Sloan, son of G.B. Sloan, owner of the Gitana, and a party, arrived at the harbor on a yacht yesterday and expressed themselves as positive that the boat had sunk off Stony Island. Mr. Benoit, a fisherman, was out from Stony Island at about ten o'clock, Thursday morning, when the wind was blowing quite fresh and he saw the Gitana and the waves washing over her. He thought she was trying to reach a harbor. It was at the foot of Stony. That is the last seen of her, and there is no doubt that she foundered. John Sprague, one of the crew, was a son of Delos Sprague, of this place. He leaves a wife and child in Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1895