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

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The schr. Annie Falconer has coal for R. Crawford.

The schr. Annandale will be over from Oswego today with a cargo of coal.

The schr. Picton has arrived in from Picton (sic) with a cargo of coal for the K. & P.

p.2 The Late Mrs. Capt. Booth - 58 years old, the daughter of the late George Malone of Garden Island.



Ottawa, Sept. 27th - The following members of the Canadian marine association waited upon Mr. Haggart, minister of railways and canals, yesterday afternoon, with reference to obstructions to navigation in the St. Lawrence river and canals: Capt. Crangle, Capt. Sylvester and W.A. Geddes, Toronto; Capt. J.B. Fairgrieve, Hamilton; Capt. Gaskin, Kingston; Messrs. C.F. Gildersleeve, William Stewart and J.J. Milloy, of Montreal. They complained of the lowness of the water in the St. Lawrence river, and pointed out where navigation might be improved at several points, and the minister promised to do it. They asked for the deepening and clearing out of the lower Iroquois lock where the lock enters into the Galops canal, and wanted new gates, and the mitre sills at the entrance to the Iroquois canal taken out and that part deepened. They pointed out that during the whole of the season the Morrisburg canal has been quite useless except for light barges, and vessels had to be taken up in the river outside by the assistance of a tug, and asked that a tug be supplied by the government, but Mr. Haggart did not encourage them in this idea. With these suggested improvements the deputation thought they could utilize the river from Kingston to Cornwall. The reason the Morrisburg canal is at present useless is owing to an engineering mistake in construction, which is now being remedied by the construction of a new entrance lock, which was to be finished last fall, but is not yet. At Cornwall there are some boulders which might be removed, and complaint was made of a small shoal outside the entrance of the Beauharnois canal. The minister agreed that this obstruction should be removed next summer, because it will be a couple of years before the Soulanges canal is available. They also asked for the deepening of a portion of the same canal. It might be mentioned here that the new channel through the Galops Rapids constructed at a cost of nearly a million dollars, has not yet been used by navigators, who still prefer the old channel.

General Paragraphs - The missing steamer Nahant, sixty hours overdue, arrived at Green Bay, Mich. this morning. Her tow, the Queen City, went to pieces on Hog Island reef. Both were coal laden from Cleveland to Green Bay.


The str. Algerian went down yesterday morning to lay up at Sorel.

The schr. Fleetwing, from Oswego, is unloading coal at Swift's wharf.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. Myles, Montreal to Duluth, general cargo.

The schr. Fabiola will get away for Oswego today to load coal for Kingston.

The steambarge Quebec went down the canal this morning with a cargo of coal.

The str. James Swift went aground in the cut at Newboro because of low water.

The barge Toledo left Davis' drydock this morning, after receiving general repairs.

The str. Algonquin cleared today for Fort William, light, to load grain for the M.T. Co.

The steambarge King Ben will be put on the route between Kingston and Ottawa to carry freight.

The str. Spartan passed up last night for Toronto. She and the str. Hamilton are the only R. & O. Co's boats that are running now.

The schr. Delaware is in from Oswego with coal for R. Crawford and the schr. Annie Minnes is in from Charlotte with coal for the Rathbun Co.

The strs. Rosedale, Niagara, Orion and Tilley, with consorts, are on their way down the lakes with grain for the M.T. Co. Nearly all come from Duluth.

Sank In Two Minutes - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 27th - The steamers Vanderbilt, upbound, and the Mark Hopkins, down bound, with ore, collided near Nine Mile Point, Hay Lake, at six o'clock this morning. The Hopkins was struck on the port bow and sank in two minutes in thirty feet of water. The Vanderbilt was not much damaged.

The collision was caused by the str. Spokane passing the Hopkins, causing her to steer directly across the bows of the Vanderbilt. The Hopkins is insured for $40,000.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Sep 1895