The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1895

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The schr. Fleetwing cleared for Oswego to load coal for Swift & Co.

The steamer Marion has arrived from Chicago with 415,000 bushels of corn.

Arrivals: str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Arabian, Montreal; str. Passport, Montreal.

The str. America arrived back from Montreal this morning after delivering her Knights Templar excursionists.

At Portsmouth the steamer D.D. Calvin and barge Augusta, from Duluth, with 80,000 bushels of wheat, are being unloaded.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes will go to Ox Point, near Belleville, to load stone for Toronto. The stone is to be used for filling in piers.

The prop. Tilley and barge Merritt are expected at the M.T. Co.'s dock in the coarse of a couple of days. They are loaded with flour.

The rush with the forwarding companies is now over for a while. All the vessels are unloaded and off and both docks were a blank this morning.

The str. Corsican only went down as far as Iroquis yesterday, where she transferred her passengers to the str. Bohemian. The Corsican returned to Toronto.

The str. Princess Louise broke two buckets off her wheel at the Wolfe Island dock yesterday afternoon. The steamer was docked at Davis & Sons and had a new wheel adjusted.

Today the tug Reginald left for Ogdensburg to take a tow of barges, laden with corn, to Lachine. She will tow the steamer Cuba from Morrisburg to the head of the Rapid de Plat.

The officials of the R. & O.N. Co. here deserve credit for the manner in which they handled the Knights Templar excursions. It was a big job and lots of work. All arrangements passed off very smoothly.



Toledo, O., Aug. 27th - An accident occurred in the channel Saturday night that will result fatally in at least five cases. About nine o'clock as the passenger steamer City of Toledo was returning from her regular trip to Put-In-Bay, she encountered the schooner M.T. Downing, in tow of the tug Butler. The City of Toledo signalled to the schooner to take the port side, and the tug at once commenced to sheer off, but in doing so gave the schooner a momentum which carried her onto a bank of mud just as the steamer was abreast of her. She suddenly slid off the bank and veered into the City of Toledo, her jibboom striking the passenger steamer forward of her gangway and tearing away about fifty feet of her upper works. A panic ensued. When quiet was restored it was found several persons had been seriously injured and that fifty had received cuts and bruises....(details of seven most injured)...

The force of the crash was so great that the Toledo's bulwarks and upper works were carried away and the wheel damaged. The Downing lost her bowsprit and had considerable rigging carried away. It is likely that the Toledo will be laid up for the remainder of the season. It is difficult to estimate the loss.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1895