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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1896

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Sunday morning the str. Acadia, from Toledo on her initial trip of the season, arrived in port. She is laden with 21,800 bushels of corn, consigned to the M.T. Co. The trip resulted rather disastrously, as her cargo is more or less damaged by fire, water and smoke, principally by the latter, while her hull and deck planking are also injured to a certain extent. Shortly after leaving Toledo the smell of something afire pervaded the ship. It was thought at first the engineer was burning oil rags or that some of the bearings of the engine had become heated and was burning the lubricating oil. Search was made but the difficulty was not located. Finally, while in the Welland canal smoke was seen issuing from some seams in the deck and up the hatchways. An examination of the deck revealed several spots where the pitch in the seams was heated. The deck was cut open at these places and grain removed, when it was found the deck was afire beneath, where electric lights were fastened to the planking. The fire was caused by bad connections or bare wires. Some of the fixtures were torn from the planking and it was found they were blackened from the smoke. Very little water was used in subduing the fire. Quite a lot of the corn was burned black but the chief damage was occasioned by the smoke which it is thought has penetrated the whole cargo. While running down Lake Ontario Saturday night the live wires again set the planking afire, but it was put out almost immediately. R.O. Mackay, Hamilton, owner of the Acadia, was in Gananoque, and arrived up Sunday morning.

Capt. J. Clifford, of the str. Acadia, is an old resident of this city, in fact, was born, reared and, until about twelve years ago, resided here, occupying a residence in the vicinity of Murney tower. He is now a resident of St. Catharines, but likes to get down here occasionally to see his old friends.


The tug Thomson cleared for Montreal today with three grain laden barges.

The str. Persia coaled up at Swift's yesterday, on her way to St. Catharines.

The str. North King called at Swift's yesterday, on her way from Charlotte, N.Y.

The str. Superior, Duluth to Kingston, with wheat, is expected to arrive here tonight.

The tugs Thomson and Walker arrived up this morning from Montreal with fifteen barges, light.

The schr. Nellie Hunter arrived Saturday night from Oswego with 350 tons hard coal for Crawford.

The schr. W.H. Rounds, Toledo to Kingston, with corn, passed through the Welland canal today.

The str. James Swift arrived from Ottawa at midnight, and will clear tomorrow morning for the return trip.

The str. Nicaragua, bound from Chicago to Ogdensburg, with 60,000 bushels of wheat, touched here this morning.

The str. Sequin, Chicago, 60,000 bushels of wheat, arrived here last evening. Her cargo is consigned to the M.T. Co.

Inspector Thompson examined the machinery in the tug Active today and reported everything in first-class condition.

The schr. Paisley, consort of the str. Nicaragua, from Chicago, with 36,005 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage this morning.

As soon as discharged the str. Sequin will enter the government dry dock to have a new wheel put on to replace the one broken while coming down through the canal.

The str. Acadia lightened 5,000 bushels of her damaged cargo of corn and proceeded to Montreal, where an inspection will be made to determine the extent of damage to her cargo and hull.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived on Saturday afternoon from Charlotte, N.Y., with coal for James Swift. She is discharging today, and will afterwards take on a cargo of lumber at the spile dock for Oswego, N.Y.

O. Carrs, Smith's Falls, has purchased the steamyacht Bertha from A. Chown and is in the city today to take her home. She will be used as a tug for a time, after which she will be renovated and refitted for pleasure purposes.

The str. Sir L. Tilley, with consort Merritt, from Fort William, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s elevators Saturday afternoon and discharged 63,000 bushels of wheat. They cleared again Saturday night, taking the schr. Queen of the Lakes in tow, for Fort William to load wheat.

The tug Minnie Bell, Capt. H. Shaver, arrived at Swift's, last night, with two of the Ottawa transportation company's barges, lumber laden, bound for Oswego, N.Y. The Minnie Bell clears for Ottawa today, another tug taking the barges to their destination, where they will load coal for Ottawa.

The tug Col. By, of Prescott, Capt. Eli, arrived at Swift's wharf, this morning, with a number of the Ottawa transportation company's barges loaded with lumber. The tug Ferris took the barges from this port to Oswego, N.Y., where they will load with coal for Ottawa. The Col. By cleared for Ottawa this forenoon.

p.4 General Paragraphs - The schr. Grantham had a spar stepped at Garden Island this afternoon. In a day or two she will leave for Midland to load lumber for Cleveland and will return with coal.

The str. Nicaragua, with the barge Grampian in tow, with 100,000 bushels of wheat for the K. & M. F. Co., passed Kingston today on the way from Duluth to Prescott. The wheat is to be immediately transhipped on reaching Prescott. "This shows that the Prescott elevator is taking a large share of our grain trade away from us," said a local grain dealer this morning.

The handsome sailing yacht Gerda, recently purchased by H.S. and B.W. Folger, jr., has been launched and is in fitting, preparatory to the season's pleasure. The Gerda is one of the most comfortable and complete yachts owned at this port; her weather qualities are unsurpassed. The fittings will be handsome and all that good taste can suggest and wealth purchase.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1896