The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jun 1896

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The strs. Myles and Rival, from Superior and Algoma, with wheat for Kingston, are in the Welland canal. The schr. S.H. Dunn, with timber from Toledo, is also en route to this city.

The Edwardsburg starch company purchased the wheat that formed the cargo of the K. & M. F. Co.'s barge Joseph Arthur, sunk at Cardinal, from the British American Insurance Co. The grain will have to be taken out before the barge can be raised.

The steamer Jessie Bain will run two round trips daily between Alexandria Bay and Cape Vincent. The report that there will be no steamer this season from Cape Vincent among the islands, was an error, as it has been decided to place this boat on the route, and she will also run on Sundays in connection with the Sunday excursion train to Cape Vincent.

Coming down Lake Erie last Tuesday night the steam barge Erin, which was in port here early this season, was struck by lightning. Capt. Sullivan describes his experience thus: "It was not a very rough night, but the tangle of electric fireworks in the sky was grand. In fact I never saw anything like it before. The fiery shafts seemed to go in all directions. A perfect veil of closely meshed glaring fluid covered the black face of heaven as I stood near the helmsman. It was about eleven o'clock on Tuesday night last on Lake Erie and I had two barges in tow. Well, while I was pacing to and fro across the deck, a big bolt seemed to fall from the mass of lightning overhead and smashed right down on the mizzen mast shattering it half-way to the deck. The bolt then burst and the molten metal ran in balls of live fire about the deck and in their order again burst and vanished. I never saw the like of it. I tried to put my foot on one of the balls, fearing for my vessel and received a shock that I am not yet over."

p.2 Folger's White Squadron - The full fleet of steamers of the Thousand Island steamboat company, popularly known as the white squadron, will be placed in commission on June 15th, in connection with the schedule of the R.W. & O. railway.

This fleet of steamers has had the usual renovation of white paint and will, therefore, appear in their immaculate spring suits, as usual. The St. Lawrence will run in connection with all the principle incoming and outgoing fast trains arriving at Clayton. The steamer Empire State will handle all the principle railroad excursions for the river, besides running her popular trips to the city of Kingston, and will also run one trip a week from Kingston and river points to Ogdesnburg and return.

The steamer Islander will connect with local trains and will also make her famous fifty mile ramble each afternoon among the islands, running the Lost Channel the same as last season.

The steamer America will also handle large excursion parties on the river and continue to run her popular Monday trips from Alexandria Bay and river points to Kingston and Lake-on-the-Mountain and return. [Watertown, N.Y., Times]

Thousand Island Park, June 1st - ....The Empire State made her first call of the season last Monday, looking fine as usual....The sloop Flying Cloud is kept busily engaged in carrying fine gravel for the association, and also in carrying lumber for the various contractors....


Movement of Vessels.

Following are marine arrivals and clearances reported at customs house down to three o'clock today:

Arrivals: str. America, from Cape Vincent, freight and passengers; barge Wheat Bin from Montreal, freight; schr. Acacia, from Oswego, coal; prop. Monteagle, from Duluth, 22,000 bushels wheat; schr. Fleetwing, from Oswego, 306 tons coal; schr. Nellie Hunter, from Oswego, 314 tons coal; tug Ferris, from Oswego; str. Sequin, to Kingston graving dock for repairs.

Departures: tug Ferris, with two canal boats, for Oswego; str. Glengarry, with consort Minnedosa, for Fort William, to load wheat for Kingston; barge Wheat Bin for Montreal.

The str. Sequin arrived here yesterday for repairs, having broken a blade of her wheel. She is now in the Kingston graving dock, and when repaired will tow K. & M. F. Co.'s barges, instead of the tug Petrel.

Shot A Captain - Buffalo, June 2nd - Capt. Joseph Phillips, of the fire tug Hutchison, shot by William Brown, a sailor on the freight boat Northern King.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jun 1896