The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1895

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H.H. Gildersleeve received a telegram from Deseronto early this morning informing him that the steamer Hero, bound for Kingston, had been in collision last night, and had been beached near Deseronto. Mr. Gildersleeve was requested to hasten to the scene, and he left by the 8:40 train this morning, taking with him workmen to repair, if possible, the damage done to the vessel. She was to have arrived at this port today with 1,400 barrels of apples.

A telegram from Deseronto, Ont., says: "About midnight last night, in a dense fog, a slight collision occurred between the steamer Hero and the steambarge Nile on the Bay of Quinte near Deseronto. Damage to either vessel light."

John Donnelly, sr., was notified of the collision between the Hero and the steambarge Nile, last night, and left for Deseronto shortly afterwards. A telegram received from him this morning states that the damage to the Hero is not expected to prove very serious. She will be taken to Deseronto this afternoon.

Grievances of Marine Men.

The executive committee of the Canadian marine association protest against the seizure of the steamer Arabian by the American authorities at Duluth last September, for damages done the steamer Minnedosa in the Welland Canal in 1892. The seizure was at the instance of the marine insurance company of England, the Minnedosa being registered as a British ship. The committee will go to Ottawa in a few days, when the minister of justice will be asked to take steps to protest against the action of the American courts.

It was announced during the meeting that the owners of the Arabian had been informed by eminent counsel in Cleveland, whose advice they had sought, that the United States courts had exceeded their authority in taking up the case.

The Water Getting Lower.

Probably for the first time in the history of Kingston the shoal on which the tower facing the ferry dock is built is exposed to view. On the north-east side the rocks are six inches above water. About fifty yards further out, on the tail end of the same shoal, a buoy has been placed to warn pilots of the shallowness of the water. The ferry boats found bottom there several times and it was to guard against serious accidents to the boats of the Folger Bros.' line that Capt. Hinckley placed the buoy in position. If the water keeps on receding many of the docks along the harbor front will be rendered useless for landing purposes.

Marine Items.

The barge Jennie is in the government drydock receiving an overhauling.

All the M.T. Co's boats will be in commission until the first of next month.

The propeller Niagara, from Toledo, is at the M.T. Co's dock with 25,000 bushels of corn.

Mackay Bros. Hamilton, will construct a 1,200 ton steel in composite (sic) freight boat to cost about $60,000.

The str. North King, lying at Swift's dock, is undergoing her usual fall overhauling, repairing and repainting.

The str. Alexandria passed this port this morning on her way to Montreal with a full cargo of apples from bay ports.

The str. Bannockburn with consorts Winnipeg and Selkirk cleared for Fort William last night to load wheat for this port.

The str. J.G. Nichol, with a cargo of pulp wood from the Ottawa district for Sackett's Harbor, called at Swift's wharf last night.

The prop. Glengarry, with consort Minnedosa, passed Amherstburg last night on their way from Fort William to this city with wheat.

A dense fog has settled down over the city, lake and river. No vessels can be seen a quarter of a mile ahead. The air is thoroughly saturated with moisture.

The tug Walker, with six grain-laden barges, cleared for Montreal last night. The tug Thomson, with four barges containing wheat, went down the river today.

J.A. Scobell, Cape Vincent, N.Y., has the contract to build the fog horn station at Tibbett's Point, and the work has been commenced. The amount appropriated is $4,500.

The schr. Erie Belle has just returned to Hamilton from Chatham, N.B. She took coal down and brought back fibre for Niagara Falls. The trip cost $2,058.55, and owing in part delays (sic) it will not be a financial success.

The str. Langdon, entering Port Colborne harbor about eleven o'clock yesterday, grounded on a sand bar. With the aid of two tugs she was pulled up to the elevator at 3 p.m. Other boats are experiencing some trouble at this point on account of low water, where the sand blows down the shore and across the pier into the harbor, forming the shoal place.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1895