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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1896

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Dragged Her Anchor During Last Night's Blow.

The schr. Fabiola, from Oswego, is at Folger Bros.' wharf with a cargo of soft coal.

The barge Jennie loaded 8,000 bushels of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Montreal.

The schr. Nellie Hunter, from Oswego, with 300 tons of hard coal, is discharging at Crawford's wharf.

The schr. Verona, from Duluth, with 44,500 bushels of wheat arrived at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage yesterday.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf: str. Persia, from Montreal; str. Ocean from Hamilton; schr. Cuba, from Toledo.

The str. Myles and schr. Houghton, after discharging grain cargoes at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, cleared Saturday for upper lake ports.

Welland canal, passed down for this port: schrs. Emerald, Toledo, timber; Dunn, Toledo, timber; str. Columbia, Duluth, wheat.

The schr. Annie Minnes, Capt. Savage in command, has established a record for a round trip between this port and Oswego. The time consumed in the trip across, loading 300 tons of coal and tying up at Anglin's dock here again, was exactly 18 hours. She beat the Fabiola just five hours.

Saturday morning early the schr. Grantham left here, light, bound for Cleveland to load coal for Midland. Heavy weather was experienced all the way up the lake. When beyond Braddock Point, above Charlotte, Sunday morning, the head wind was so strong that the schooner had to put about and run back to this port, which was reached about three o'clock this morning. A large anchor was dropped in the harbor, but it did not catch, and the storm drove the schooner on the shoal off point Frederick. She dragged anchor about three hundred yards before striking. To keep her from pounding and to save her hull, she was scuttled, and she settled quietly down on the shoal. She is nearly on level keel, her stern being out only about eight inches. The damage sustained will be only nominal, and a good pull from a powerful tug will release the stranded vessel. It was her initial trip this season.



Regulations In Regard to the Canadian Canals.

A recently published pamphlet, by authority of the minister of railway and canals, contains these regulations regarding Canadian canals:

Every vessel navigating any of the Canadian canals must be distinctly marked and gauged in feet and inches at the bow, amidship and stern, showing the exact draught of water drawn by each portion of the vessel or boat, neither of which will be allowed to enter the Welland canal drawing more than fourteen feet of water, the Murray canal eleven feet, the St. Lawrence and Ottawa canals nine feet, the Chambly canal six and a half feet, the Trent Valley canal five feet, the Rideau canal four and a half feet, the Sault Ste. Marie canal seventeen feet, and the St. Peter's canal seventeen feet, and in all cases possibly less, should circumstances require.

As regards priority of passage through Canadian canals or locks there shall be from this time forward only two recognized classes of vessels, namely, a first-class, composed of steamers whose machinery is described in the certificate of the steamboat inspector as suitable to be employed "in the carriage of passengers" in distinction to steamers whose machinery, etc., is desribed in such certificates as suitable to be employed "in the carriage of freight and passengers," and a second-class, composed of all other vessels, of what kind soever they may be. When several boats or vessels are lying by, or are waiting to enter any lock or canal, they shall be in single tier and at a distance of not less than 300 feet from such lock or entrance, and each boat or vessel, for the purpose of passing through, shall advance in the order in which it may be lying in such tier, except in the case of vessels of the first-class, to which priority of passage is granted as above. Should, however, any first-class vessels for which, at any fixed hour, any lock is kept clear, not then enter such lock, vessels of the second-class, which may be in waiting, shall immediately have use of the lock.

No vessel or boat shall be permitted to pass through any canal at a greater speed than four miles an hour.

In all cases of vessels or boats meeting in the Ottawa or Richelieu canals, the vessel descending shall keep the towpath, the ascending vessel passing to the off-side; in the Sault Ste. Marie, Welland, Murray, St. Lawrence and Trent Valley canals, vessels shall pass under rules and regulations which govern the passing of vessels in the lakes.

The new regulations cover a wide field and every mariner should provide himself with a copy for safe guidance.

According to the last prepared reports of the Chicago board of trade, there were 27,828,000 bushels of wheat and 5,764,000 bushels of corn at upper lake ports awaiting shipment eastward.

The str. Morley, injured in the St. Lawrence river near Clayton recently, is now in the dry-dock at Cleveland receiving repairs. It is estimated that $5,000 will be expended in putting her in ship-shape again.

The schr. Armenia, on a draught of thirteen feet ten inches, took 92,000 bushels of wheat out of Duluth.

R. Chestnut and John R. Molthern, Oswego, N.Y., United States government steamboat inspectors, are in the city for the purpose of inspecting the R. & O. N. Co.'s boats that wintered here. They may also inspect the boats of the white squadron while at this port.

The str. Petrel, with consorts Lapwing, Thrush and Hiawatha, cleared from Port Arthur on Thursday last, grain laden for Portsmouth.



Chicago, May 18th - In a heavy fog ten miles off Grosse Point, Saturday night, the schr. Mary D. Ayer collided with the steamer Onoko. The bow of the Ayer was stove in but it was several hours before she began to leak. The Onoko asked Capt. Williams of the Ayer if her wanted to be towed to Chicago, but Williams did not accept the offer. The Onoko steamed away. The Ayer drifted up the lake before a south west gale until she stood off Racine. There she was picked up by the steamer City of Duluth. Soon after being taken in tow the Ayer sank. Four of her crew were drowned. The lost were Capt. Williams, Charles Matson, mate Tom D. Fitzledden and cook Henry Shyra.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1896