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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Nov 1895

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p.1 Libelled the Arabian - The Arabian, owned by Capt. Fairgrieve of Hamilton, and others, has been libelled at Duluth, Minn., at the instance of the London assurance corporation, for damage to the barge Minnedosa in the Welland canal two years ago. This is a case in which, it is claimed, the American courts have no jurisdiction, and the Canadian marine association will assist in fighting it.


The str. James Swift is taking the place of the str. Alexandria.

The tug Thomson cleared this morning for Montreal with five barges grain laden.

It will take until about the 20th inst. to complete the laying up of the steamer Spartan.

The str. Alexander (sic) was expected to arrive today from Morrisburg t be placed in the government drydock for repairs.

The str. Bannockburn, with consorts Winnipeg and Selkirk, left Fort William at one o'clock this morning for this port. They are grain laden.

Arrivals: The sloop Idlewild from Bay of Quinte ports, with rye for Richardson Bros.; schr. Acacia, from Oswego, with coal for Crawford; prop. Lake Michigan, from Fort William, with 16,500 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co.

Ashore in Georgian Bay - Last night William Lesslie, manager of the Collinsby rafting company, received a telegram from the captain of the propeller Owen Sound, stating that the steamer had struck a shoal in Georgian Bay, five miles south of Cove Island, and was full of water. Her consort, the schr. Worts, is also on the reef, but is not in a bad condition and is uninjured. Her cargo is dry but that of the Owen Sound is a total loss. The tug Ainsley has gone to the relief of the Worts and if the weather remains fine she will be floated today and taken to Midland. The tug Petrel and lighter Neil have gone to the assistance of the Owen Sound, and it is expected she will be released within a couple of days at most. The steamer is owned by Lesslie brothers, of this city, and the schooner by Sylvester brothers, Toronto. They were en route from Fort William to Kingston with wheat consigned to Richardson Bros. when the accident occurred. Wm. Lesslie left last night for the scene of the accident.

p.2 Port Milford, Nov. 5 - ....Frank McCalley, who has been sailing, and Wm. Wellbanks, on the Ducks, are home for winter. The Hecla runs in port to escape rough weather and has the whole bay and Cooper's wharf to herself, while years ago a dozen steambarges, with their tows, and many sails could be seen tied up with each sou'-wester. Tariff prevents trade and shipping, and its effects are noticed more around here as nearly half the men are or have sailed for a living.


The Long Lost Boat.

Since early last fall Capt. Jackman has been engaged in raising the boilers of the old vessel Monarch, which was washed ashore and went to pieces in 1854 just a few hundred yards from where the eastern gap now is. The Monarch, in her day, was one of the floating palaces which plied between Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal. In a heavy gale she went ashore, and though her crew and passengers were saved, she and her cargo were total losses.

Soon after the disaster the boat was dismantled and her boilers were hauled ashore and pulled up on timbers. There they lay, and year by year the insidious waves crept closer to them, until finally the land about them was recovered by the water. Still the water made inroads on the beautiful beach, and now the boilers that were once on dry land are out in the lake 200 or 300 yards.

While at work yesterday Capt. Jackman discovered that the boilers were being held down by some great weight. On investigation it was found to be the wreck of the schooner Highland Chief, which drifted out of the harbor one night some years ago. All trace of her was lost until the discovery of yesterday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Nov 1895