The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1895

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p.1 The str. Pierrepont is unable to reach the village on Wolfe Island. She stops at J.B. Murphy's point and the passengers and freight are driven across the bay by W. Card.

Cold Work at Picton.

J. Donnelly, jr. and diver Edward Charles have completed their work on Hepburn's marine railway, at Picton, and have returned to town. While launching the steamer South Eastern one section of the ground carriage, under water, was torn out, and the services of Mr. Donnelly and the diver were called into requisition to repair the damage. He says it was the coldest work he has done for some time, as they had to break the ice every morning before they could get to work. The strs. Alexandria and Cuthbert and the steam barge Water Lily have been hauled up at Picton for repairs. The Water Lily will be fitted with a new steel keelson.

General Paragraphs - The steamer Bannockburn has been placed in winter quarters in the slip at the foot of Queen street. All the other boats owned by the M.T. Co. have been placed in position to winter the cold season.

Survey of the Orion - When the str. Orion was coming down the lake on her last trip of the season, a few days ago, a fire started in the cabin, from a workman's lamp, and did some little damage before it was extinguished. The vessel is now lying at Collinsby, and Capt. T. Donnelly will make a survey of her tomorrow, to ascertain the extent to which she was damaged.

Inspected the Repairs - Capt. Dix's steamer Valeria has been undergoing a course of repairs at Davis' dry-dock for some time past. She has been fitted with new steel keelsons and has been otherwise repaired. The work was inspected this morning by Capt. T. Donnelly.

p.2 Shipwrecked and Saved - The second mate, R.A. Crocker, of the ill-fated ship Parthia, 2,400 tons register, which was burned in the Pacific ocean on Sept. 27th last, near the Island of Juan Fernandez, was born and grew up in Port Hope. Before taking to the salt sea, Mr. Crocker had sailed on every lake vessel hailing from Port Hope. He was, about three years ago, mate aboard the schooner Maria Annette, sailing from this port, and was well known in Toronto. Mate Crocker and those with him in one of the boats, after the Parthia was abandoned in the Pacific ocean, suffered terribly before they were picked up by a vessel and landed at Valparaiso, Peru. The other boats of the ship landed at Juan Fernandez. [Port Hope Guide]

p.3 Rockport, Dec. 10th - The str. Antelope is laid up for the winter after a very successful season.

p.4 To Release A Big Steamer - Milwaukee, Dec. 13th - The contract for the release of the steamer Jim Sheriffs, ashore on Big Summer Island, in Green Bay, has been let to Capt. James Reid, of Bay City, for $7,000, the boat to be delivered in Milwaukee this year. The Sheriffs lay, at last accounts, in four feet of water at her bow and nine feet at the stern. The contract is on the usual "no-cure-no-pay" order.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1895