The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1895

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The repairs to the str. Jack have not yet been started. Before this is done another survey will be made to get at the amount of the steamer's damage.


Picked Up on the Wolfe Island Shore.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived in from Charlotte this morning with coal for James Swift & Co.

The str. Spartan passed down the river this morning. She will turn back at Prescott on account of the break in the Cornwall canal.

The strs. Chieftain and Traveller are delayed in the Cornwall canal because of the breakage of the gates by the steamer Ocean.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. Algonquin, Duluth to Kingston, wheat.

Raft number 7 left today for Quebec in tow of the str. Hiram A. Calvin.

The new steamer America has proven herself to be a very fast and staunch boat and has at once jumped into the position of great favor.

J. Donnelly, jr. left last evening for the Cornwall canal to inspect the steamer Ocean sunk there with a view of tendering for the raising.

G.T. Fulford, Brockville, has purchased the steamyacht Lizzie from W. Johnston, Hamilton. She has been laying here for a couple of days.

R. Davis & Son took a party out in their new steamyacht, Ptarmigan, this morning. The yacht is an open steam launch and was built for Rev. E.M. Bland, Hamilton, to be used on Muskoka lake. It is thirty five feet long. The yacht Syrian, built for Hon. A.M. Ross, Toronto, will be launched tomorrow. It goes to the same place.

Howard S. Folger, superintendent of the Thousand Island Steamboat Co., reports to his father that the steamer belonging to the company carried the delegates to and from the mechanics' and car builders' convention at Alexandria Bay, without an accident, and all trains were met. No delays were caused in any way. The company was congratulated by the visitors upon the efficiency of the steamboat services.

W.G. Woodman, Wolfe Island, living seven miles below Cape Vincent, found the coat belonging to Capt. John Blackburn, lost off the steamyacht Gitana, owned by G.B. Sloan, Oswego. The name is on the back of the coat, Capt. John Blackburn, 8, 27, 94, evidently being the date the coat was made. Papers were found in the inside pocket and some tobacco. It is a heavy double breasted coat, and must have been thrown off to enable its owner to keep afloat. The yawl belonging to the yacht was found at Tibbett's Point, five miles above Cape Vincent. Parties are grappling around Tibbett's light, where she was last seen.

When the steamer Ocean struck the upper gates at lock 17, Cornwall canal, the water from the level above came down in a flood, and tore the gates from their fastenings and hurled the vessel against the lower gates. The Ocean was carried down thirty or forty feet below the locks, lurched from one side to the other and finally keeled over on her side and sunk. The water was four feet over the lock walls and wrecked the bridge on the by-wash, tearing down the banks. Large piles of coal and huge stones below the lower dock were carried into the river and the rip-rapping on the river bank was displaced. The stern of the Ocean was split from top to bottom, and when the boat lurched over, the freight between decks was hurled against the side and burst holes in the side. A large quantity of wreckage floated out, including a number of cases of liquor, which was made short work of by the crowd. It now looks as if the Ocean's back was broken. The latest statement is that weeks must elapse before the canal will again be ready for business. The gates broken were very rotten, there are no spare ones, and new ones must be made.

A large force of men worked last night, and this morning the lower gates of the lock were in position. Superintendent Engineer Rubidge expects to be locking boats through by Sunday morning.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1895