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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1896

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The barge Cornwall and tug Hall are in the government dry dock.

The str. Toltec cleared last night for Oswego to load coal for Duluth.

The schooner Annie Falconer, coal laden from Fair Haven, arrived in port this morning.

The schr. S.H. Dunn cleared the Welland canal last night, bound for Toledo to load timber.

The tugs Thomson and Glide, with twelve grain laden barges, cleared for Montreal yesterday.

The barge Corncrib is loading 21,000 bushels of buckwheat at James Richardson & Sons' elevator, for Montreal.

The elevator Ceres and barge L'Union, receiving repairs in the government dry dock, were floated last evening.

The str. Omaha, from Chicago with corn, had her cargo discharged about midnight and at once cleared for the upper lakes.

In the clearances from Port Dalhousie today there are four craft bound for this port and nine for Prescott and Ogdensburg grain laden.

The str. Erin and consort were to have discharged their cargoes of corn here, but owing to some misunderstanding they were taken to Prescott.

The str. Niagara collided with the Daufalt in the Welland canal, yesterday, and injured her bow. She is at Port Colborne making repairs.

The str. Niko, with 49,670 bushels of corn from Chicago, was discharged at the M.T. Co.'s elevator last night and cleared for upper lake ports to reload.

The str. Morley arrived this morning with the schooner Ewen, grain laden, from Chicago. The Ewen was dropped at the M.T. Co.'s wharf and the Morley turned to leave the harbor to proceed to Prescott to discharge. In doing so she ran aground just off Richardson & Sons' elevator. She was too close ashore and went hard on. A pilot from Clayton was in charge at the time. The tug Walker worked at the stranded steamer all morning without success.

On A Pleasure Trip.

The str. Hamilton went on a preliminary run, yesterday afternoon, to the Sisters Islands, before beginning her season's work, tomorrow. Invitations had been issued by Capt. Graves and purser Dolan to a number of their friends, to go aboard the vessel for the trip, and about 200 persons accepted. The run was made in very satisfactory time, and was greatly enjoyed by the guests.

The Hamilton has been thoroughly refitted and renovated, and is "as good as new" in every respect. With her courteous and capable officers she will be one of the favorites on the route this season.

Incidents of the Day - After wasting five hours in a vain attempt to release the stranded steamer Morley the tug Walker gave up the attempt. An elevator and lighter from the M.T. Co. lightened the Morley forward after which the grain was reshipped and the steamer proceeded to Prescott. She lost the entire day by the mishap.



Alpena, Mich., May 1st - The steamer Samuel F. Hodge had a narrow escape from going to the bottom of Lake Huron in deep water, yesterday afternoon, and was only saved by the efforts of the Thunder Bay Island life-saving crew. The Hodge, laden with corn from South Chicago to Port Huron, sprung a leak. The Lackawanna liner Scranton took her in tow for this port. The waters rose so rapidly that the fires under the boiler were put out and the pumps stopped. The Thunder Bay Island life-saving crew went to the disabled steamer and assisted the crew in keeping the water down by bailing with buckets. When brought into the harbor the Hodge sank in fourteen feet of water, where she now lies.

Starting The Fleet - William Stewart, managing director of the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co., is in the city getting the company's lake fleet started on the initial voyage of the season. The barges will clear for Port Arthur tomorrow to load grain for Montreal. Mr. Stewart, during his stay here, is the guest of his brother, Ald. James Stewart.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1896