The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1895

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Aug. 13, 1895



The Fleetwing got over from Charlotte on Sunday.

The schr. Acacia cleared for Oswego to load coal for James Swift & co.

The tug Walker went on the government drydock yesterday for a new wheel.

The barge Albina is now on the dock for general repairs. She will be repaired.

At Chicago the str. Omaha was chartered for corn to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents.

Arrivals: Str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. Tilley, Montreal; prop. Melbourne, Toronto.

The prop. Topeka, in from Duluth with 52,000 bushels of corn, cleared for Oswego yesterday, to load coal for Milwaukee.

Capt. Craig, of the steamer Passport, is described by the Toronto World as one of the most careful and attentive captains in the mail line service.

Seven spar buoys were placed on the Carruthers shoal and six on PointFrederick shoal by Capt. G. Booth, jr. The other shoals are marked by platform buoys.

The prop. Bannockburn left Duluth last night with 210,000 bushels of grain. She is towing three large barges. The Bannockburn made a good trip up. She left Kingston a week ago Saturday.

On Sunday evening the steamer Petrel arrived from Quebec with the steamer Maggie Bell, which the Collins Bay Rafting company purchased recently. She will be rebuilt and her engines will be compounded.

The hull of the old schooner New York, of Oswego, wrecked fifty-five years ago near Point Traverse, has just been found in four fathoms of water, half a mile from shore. Nine men lost their lives in this wreck.

The steamer Eurydice blew out one of her mud ports at Brockville on Friday night and was detained for several hours. The boat - the old Hastings of Kingston, calls here tomorrow for the passengers she left here on Friday morning.

All the owners and captains of Toronto schooners have signed an agreement to ask twenty-five cents per ton, the recent rate of twenty cents per ton having been found to be unrenumerative. Quite a number of vessels have been chartered at the new rate.

As the steamer North King was returning from the Thousand Islands on Sunday night she ran on a sandbar in the Bay of Quinte, and it was fully three hours before the crew were able to release her. The accident is attributed to the low water, the lowest in years.

The schr. Monitor was wrecked near Adams, N.Y. and will prove a total loss. The schooner left Sackett's Harbor with coal for Port Ontario. When opposite Sixtown Point she struck on the shoal. The crew escaped. The schooner was an old boat and it is thought will go to pieces before she can be got off.

Capt. John Quinn, diver, was recently approached by a man with the proposition that he engage in the enterprise of raising $175,000 in gold specie, thrown overboard in the St. Lawrence river during the war of 1812 from a British gunboat, and the location of which he learned through a friend. If Capt. Quinn recovers the treasure he is to get half.

Early Monday morning the str. Alexandria, bound from Charlotte N.Y. for Brighton, went ashore a little south-east of Presque Isle main light, owing to the dense fog. The vessel sustained no damage. The tug Chieftain, of Garden Island, went to her assistance. Between fifty and sixty passengers were transferred to the str. Nellie Cuthbert, and sent to their destinations.

Speaking of the progress of the work on the Cornwall canal improvements, Collingwood Schrieber, chief engineer of canals, and who has first returned with the minister from inspecting the Davis contract, said that the lower Shieiks ? Island dam is now complete with the exception of placing about one foot of quarry waste on the top of it. Work on the upper dam will be finished as soon as the contractors have completed the topping-up for about four foot. The stone for the waste weir is all on hand, ready cut for use. All the other works on the canal are drawing to a close and it is expected the improvements will be ready for use next season. Mr. Schreiber appeared to be thoroughly satisfied of the substantial character of the work which the Messrs. Davis are doing at Cornwall.

General Paragraphs - The steamer America had about 700 passengers on board on Saturday to enjoy the annual tour. The islands were circled in rapid fashion and the trip was the best ever made by the boat. Capt. Hinckley, the ever faithful commander, is now in charge.

The barque Erie Belle was anchored in the harbor today. She is bound for New Brunswick with a cargo of coal. One of the M.T. Co.'s tugs will tow her down the river.

S. Chapman left for Milton Island to build six piers for Mr. Knapp, in order that he may have a place in which to shelter his yacht during the winter.

The Chieftain is expected to be down from Presque Isle this afternoon. The Alexandria will probably be able to use her own steam when released.

The schr. Delaware is in from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

p.2 Among The Islands - As the Canadian line steamer Spartan was making the dock at Alexandria Bay, the starboard side swung heavily into the landing, smashing the paddle wheel box and breaking several buckets on the wheel. It was necessary to take an hour's time to repair the damage.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1895