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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1895

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The schr. Acacia will get away for Oswego today.

The schr. Fabiola is being delayed in getting unloaded. The coal carts are all in use.

The steambarge Jack will not be out until next month, so said H.A. Calvin this morning.

The str. Van Allen came into the harbor this morning to make repairs to her machinery and left again at noon.

The str. Corsican turned round at Coteau and came back to Kingston to run down from here this morning.

The prop. Myles has been lightening her cargo of flour at the M.T. Co's dock since Saturday. She will go to Montreal.

The prop. Glengarry and barge Minnedosa, loaded with wheat, are in from Duluth. They have about 110,000 bushels.

At Port Colborne: Down, Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Melbourne, Cleveland to Montreal, general cargo.

The str. Beaver, sunk in the Gallops rapids, has been raised and taken to Montreal. She will be put in the drydock there and be repaired.

Arrivals: Str. Persia, Montreal; str. Corsican, Toronto; str. North King, Charlotte; str. Varuna, Brighton; schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego; str. Passport, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

The schrs. Fabiola and Falconer had a race coming over from Oswego yesterday. The Fabiola proved the faster sailer, however, and made Swift's dock fully two hours ahead of the Falconer.

The steambarge Quebec entered Davis' drydock this morning. She had a hole punctured in her bottom by striking a rock. The Quebec came from Montreal with a load of salt. She took down a load of sandstone for Mr. Rudd.

It is an established fact that the water in the river is lowering every year. It has now got to that point when vessels from the upper lakes cannot go down to Montreal without lightening the biggest portion of their cargo. The low condition of the water is not confined to this locality only. It is the same up above. The Welland canal is away down while the sand bar about Port Colborne is becoming dangerous to heavy draught boats. If it keeps on propellers will have to lighten coming into Port Colborne and ship by train.


Word was received this morning that the str. America had struck a shoal near Grand Island, in the vicinity of Gananoque. The message stated that the steamer was not making any water and no damage was done. The str. Chieftain went down from Garden Island with the Donnelly Wrecking & Salvage Co.'s apparatus on board in case they were wanted. The America started out from Alexandria Bay about 7:30 o'clock and was to call at Gananoque and Kingston for people for Kingston. This trip of course had to be called off. It was about nine o'clock when the America grounded.

The str. America had about fifty American passengers on board. Henry Folger, president of the company, was on the steamer when she struck. The passengers remained on board the steamer and had dinner.

They Stole a Watch - On Saturday afternoon a gang of convicts were engaged unloading the schr. Queen of the Lakes at the penitentiary dock. Before the work was finished one of the boat's crew noticed that his silver watch was missing. The convicts were threatened and in the face of going to the dark cell for a number of days one of them told where it was. They had stowed it away in the coal shed. The prisoners were placed in the dark cell and will be punished for the misdemeanor.

She Made Fast Time - str. North King ran 16 miles in one hour and two minutes.

General Paragraphs - The str. Columbian struck bottom going down the Long Sault rapids and had to go in the dry dock at Montreal. The Columbian has had hard luck.

The str. Majestic, which went aground near Amherstburg, Ont., on Saturday night, was released at 7:30 last night. About 150 tons cargo was thrown overboard and about 250 tons lightered on the Saginaw.



Queenston, Ont., July 15th - The fire which broke out in the Cibola, the second largest boat of the Niagara Navigation Co., while lying at her wharf at Lewiston early this morning, and resulted in its destruction, is supposed to have started in the lower part of the boat. The crew worked faithfully until the boat was past saving, when the ropes catching fire the boat drifted down the current. All the men escaped, the last one on board jumping into the river and swimming ashore. The boat presented a weird sight as it moved down the river, and this was made more frightful by the fire spreading to the Lewiston wharf, and from there winding up the enclosed stairway to the custom house and Cornell's hotel, both of which are a complete wreck. The steamer Ongiara, belonging to the same company, having time to steam up, escaped the danger. The fire raged for over three hours.

When the flames were discovered on the Cibola the crew and a few passengers were aboard and asleep. They were quickly aroused and all succeeded in escaping with the exception of the third engineer, who is missing. He was known to have been in the engine room at the time the fire started, but has not been seen since and it is supposed he was burned to death. The total loss will probably reach $250,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1895