The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1896

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The iron bucket of the dredge Nipissing was taken to Sorel, Que., today for repairs, and the wheel of the tug Sir John was taken to the public works department, Ottawa.

It is not J.B. Murphy's present intention to become interested in a ferry line, as he has no time to devote to business of that nature, but Capt. Craig will put in a tender for the Wolfe Island ferry when the proper time is reached.


An alarm of fire at about five o'clock this morning, disturbed the repose of the firemen, and brought both detachments to the spile dock, where the str. King Ben lies in winter quarters. The fire was discovered in her cabin by P.C. John Tuttle, who at once sent in the alarm. The firemen were quick to respond, but some delay occurred in getting the water to bear upon the flames. The cabin and the hull, near the engines, were badly damaged, the cabin being destroyed and the woodwork in the neighborhood of the machinery being seriously burned. The fire was got under control at length. The damage is estimated at about $2,000. The King Ben is owned by Ira and Fred Folger, and the insurance covers the loss. Messrs. Folger have not yet decided when they will begin the work of repairs made necessary by the fire.

The fire was started by tramps. The M.T. Co.'s nightwatchman drove a man and two women off one of the company's boats earlier in the night and P.C. Tuttle who was the first to arrive on the scene of the conflagration, says he saw tracks of a man and a woman leading from the boat across the wharf and towards the city.

Jan. 15, 1896

p.1 Personal Mention - Capt. George W. Vickery, sr., died at Oswego, N.Y., Saturday, of heart disease. He was at one time the owner of the schooner May Flower. He held the position of harbor master for several years.

Incidents of the Day - The sale of Connolly Bros.' dredge International, together with other effects, was to have taken place yesterday at noon, but owing to lack of bidders the sale was postponed until the 31st inst. Sheriff Ferguson was present at his office to personally conduct the sale. A dominion government official was also on hand to watch the proceedings.

Capt. T. Donnelly is at Port Dalhousie today surveying the government steamer Bayfield, which is undergoing extensive repairs.

Jan. 16, 1896

p.1 Incidents of the Day - The huge crank shaft of the steamer Bannockburn was removed today to the Kingston foundry for repairs. It made a load which two powerful horses could just barely move.

General Paragraphs - Capt. John Trowell has been appointed secretary of the lake steamboat captains' association, organized for mutual benefit, and particularly socially.

p.2 The Hulk Will Be Abandoned - The steamer H.A. Calvin, which broke her chains and went adrift in the fierce gale that swept over this district a few days ago, still lies where she went aground off Brophy's Point. The engines and boilers will be taken out of her shortly and the hulk will then be abandoned.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1896