The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1896

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p.1 A Narrow Escape - J. Hackett, carter, had a narrow escape from death on Saturday last. He had the contract to unload a cargo of coal from a vessel lying at Crawford's wharf, and was standing on deck superintending the operation, when the pulley rope, used to hoist the dipper that lifts the coal, broke, and the large pulley wheel in falling brushed Mr. Hackett's hat, striking the deck at his feet.

Vessel Captains Complain.

There is considerable dissatisfaction expressed by steam boat captains, who are obliged to coal up here, at the rule in force at the custom house, calling for extra clearance papers for the coal taken aboard when the vessel is bound for a foreign port. Only the collector of customs and the surveyor are allowed to issue such papers. As the surveyor is out of the city and the collector is sometimes very difficult to locate, the captains are put to no end of trouble and delay. This is the only port where such a rule is in force. At other ports the amount of coal taken aboard steamers is marked on the ordinary clearance sheet, and this is entered at the customs office in the ordinary way. The steamers cannot start without the extra papers, or the captain will be charged a duty of sixty cents a ton on the fuel he has aboard. All they ask for is to be treated in the same manner accorded them at other ports.



Cross Village, Mich., June 6th - In a race to reach the wreck of the steamer Cayuga, John Colwell, the diver, lost his life yesterday. He was in a hurry to get to the bottom before a diver, who preceded him a few moments, and failed to provide himself with sufficient air to make a rapid descent, which was strictly against Capt. Reid's orders. The pressure was so great that, at forty feet, the tender feared all was not well. With one more rapid drop Colwell reached the bottom. No "all right" signal coming from him he was immediately pulled to the surface, when, to the horror of the ship's crew, he appeared with his helmut glass covered with blood and the head swollen twice its natural size. Both divers received air from the same air-pump. Everything was in perfect order and no blame is attached to Capt. Reid or his employees. Colwell leaves a widow and three small children in Port Huron, where he had lived for the past ten years, and was popular with marine men.

p.4 A Steamer Aground - Buffalo, June 8th - The str. Simon Langell is hard and fast aground on the third pier, from the Canadian shore, of the international bridge. The steamer which is loaded with 750,000 feet of lumber from Duluth to Tonawanda, was running down the river yesterday morning. Machinery and steering gear seemed to be all right until she neared the draw of the international bridge. When within a few hundred feet from the draw she became uncontrollable and sheered off, her bow pointing toward the Canadian side of the open draw. Her cargo will be lightered today, and when she floats again tugs will haul her off her dangerous resting place.


The str. Shickluna and consort cleared today for the Welland Canal.

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

Calvin's sixth raft, containing nine drams of timber, left for Quebec, Saturday afternoon, in tow of str. Parthia.

The str. Armenia and consorts, general cargo for Chicago, and str. Myles, general cargo for Duluth, cleared the Welland canal today.

The Connolly Bros.' dredge International will remain here for at least a month to come, as much of the work for it to do is not yet ready. It was intended to take her into the United States, but the duty was found to be too high.

Arrivals: schr. Loretta Rooney, Oswego, 300 tons hard coal for Booth & Co.; str. Quebec, Montreal, salt and Portland cement; schr. Queen of the Lakes, Fort William, 17,100 bushels of wheat for Richardson & Sons; str. Shickluna and consort St. Louis, Fort William, 39,250 bushels of wheat for M.T. Co.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jun 1896