The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1895

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p.2 Cape Vincent, Nov. 19th - ....The steambarge Nichols ran on the bar at the foot of Point street on Friday evening and was pulled off by the tug Wilson on Saturday morning. She was damaged considerably.

Disasters On The Lakes - During the year the disasters in the 9th district, Lakes Erie and Ontario, according to the report of Mr. Kimball, superintendent of the life-saving service, were as follows:

Number of disasters, 75; value of vessels, $566,635; value of cargoes, $60,000; number of persons on board vessels, 582; number of persons lost, 3; number of shipwrecked persons succoured at stations, 37; number of days' succour afforded, 102; value of property saved, $522,605; value of property lost, $104,720; number of disasters involving total loss of vessels, 3.



The barge Augusta arrived at Portsmouth yesterday. She is very badly damaged as a result of her collision with the schr. Tyrone in the Sault river a week or more ago, and has had to be damaged still more in order that the cargo might be got out.

Great credit is given to her captain and crew, and to Capt. Malone, of the D.D. Calvin, who, when the accident occurred, and the Augusta was cut down to six or eight feet below the waterline, and the planking completely smashed in, and the water was pouring in, secured blankets and canvas and covered the hole, stopping the in-flow of the water. As it was the cargo to the depth of four feet was damaged, but the surveyors who examined the vessel yesterday said, in their award, that the captain and crew and Capt. Malone are deserving of the greatest credit and of the thanks of the insurance companies for protecting the cargo. They state that many vessels have gone down and cargoes lost through less damage to vessels than that inflicted on the Augusta. The vessel carried no insurance.

Marine Observances.

The steamer James Swift is being laid up for the winter at Swift's dock.

The schr. Ceylon is being stripped preparatory to going into winter quarters.

The str. D.D. Calvin will likely go into winter quarters at Garden Island at once.

The sloop Idlewild is being caulked. She is in the slip at the foot of Princess street.

The schooner Annie Falconer cleared last evening for Charlotte to load coal for Swift & Co.

The schooner Acacia cleared from Swift's dock last evening for Charlotte, for a cargo of coal.

The schr. Two Brothers is loading rye at James Richardson & Sons' elevator for Clarke's malt house.

The barge Minnie Francis was employed to transfer freight from the K. & P. sheds to those of the G.T.R. yesterday.

The elevators at Prescott began operations on Monday, and William Gilmore, Stewart's head weigher, has gone from this city to manage it.

The str. Bannockburn, with consorts Selkirk and Winnipeg, are in the Welland canal bound for this port. They are expected to arrive tomorrow night or Friday morning.

The schr. Pilot is loaded with fifteen tons of hay and a quantity of pig iron for Glenora Mills. She is tied up at James Richardson & Sons ' wharf waiting for the abatement of the wind.

The steamer Owen Sound has delivered her entire cargo, 22,000 bushels of wheat, at Collingwood, and it has been sold there for $1,500. William Lesslie has returned to the city from the scene of the disaster.

Crew In The Rigging - Point Edward, Nov. 20th - The tugs Thomson and Crosby took the crew off one of the schooners near Blackwell. The other vessel is near the shore with the crew in the rigging. The tugs are unable to take them off.

Death of Mr. Mattoon - Oswego, N.Y., Nov. 20th - Hon. Abner C. Mattoon, born in Rochester, N.Y., eighty-one years ago, and one of Oswego's most prominent citizens, died here today. He has been prominently identified with the commercial and transportational interests of the town. He was the builder of the first steam tug built and operated west of the Hudson.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1895