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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1895

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The str. Spartan left Kingston at four o'clock yesterday morning, with a load of Knights Templar for Montreal. The passengers were transferred at Dickinson's Landing to another of the R. & O. N. Co.'s boats and the Spartan turned back for Kingston. About eleven or twelve o'clock last night she ran on a shoal off Thousand Island House, punched a hole in her bottom and settled down. The water was not deep and she settled to her decks. The night was dark and dirty, and it is supposed the officer on watch hugged the shoal too closely. The tug Reginald and str. Chieftain, Garden Island, were sent down this morning with steam pumps, etc. The Spartan is by no means in a critical position. It will only be necessary to place a steam pump on board and pull her off. The water will be kept out of her until Kingston is reached where she will be immediately put in the government dry-dock. Capt. Grange, Coteau, is in charge of the steamer. The Spartan was to have started out of here again this morning.

The str. Terrebonne, belonging to the same company, also had trouble in going down yesterday. She struck in the Cascade rapids and deemed it advisable to land her passengers at the canal and transfer them by train to Montreal. This was merely done as a precaution, but it is not thought that any serious damage was done the boat.

The Toronto Mail says the accident was due to an excursion boat trowing her searchlight on the pilot house of the Spartan and keeping it there. The pilot was unable to see for several minutes and the steamer soon got out of her course. Capt. T. Donnelly, who came up today, heard the same report, but does not know if it is true. He says the steamer is not making much water and that the water is not near her cabin. She is surrounded by tugs and small boats. Capt. Donnelly expects her to be off this afternoon. The accident occurred on a shelvey shoal just off Alexandria Bay.

A despatch at 3:15 o'clock said: "The Spartan is off and on way to Kingston, not much damaged."

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. Acacia is in from Oswego with a cargo of coal for Swift & Co.

The schr. Annie Falconer cleared for Oswego this morning, to load coal.

The schr. Norway, from Toledo, discharged 350 tons of soft coal for Booth & Co.

Cleared from Garden Island: Str. Armenia and barge Valencia, Cheboygan, light.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes cleared today for Oswego to load 550 tons of coal for Booth & Co.

The schr. S.H. Dunn, Capt. James Dix, is in at Garden Island from Toledo with a cargo of timber.

While coming to the M.T. Co.'s dock today the S.S. Rosedale, laden with grain, ran on a shoal. After an hour's work she was released.

He Secured the Vacancy - Lieut. W.B. Lesslie, (son of William Lesslie, of Collins Bay Rafting Co.), appointed instructor at R.M.C.

p.2 Port Milford, Aug. 21st - ...The schr. Two Brothers left here for Oswego on the 15th; the schr. Maggie L. completed her load of early peas here on the same day and left for the seedhouse, Picton....

Washburn, Aug. 21st - ...The tug Fearless and barges passed through here last night en route for Oswego....

p.4 Terrebonne In The Rapids - struck in Cascade rapids, reached foot of Beauharnois canal where she settled in seven feet of water.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1895