The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1896

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The str. Denver cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for an upper lake port.

The steamer Michigan lightered 7,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s wharf and passed down for Montreal.

The steamers Bannockburn and consorts and Emerald, light, cleared for the Welland canal today, bound up.

The str. Corsican called at Swift's wharf, this morning, bound for Montreal from Toronto, with a full passenger list.

The str. Glengarry is getting swift in her old age. She made her latest trip from this port to Fort William and return in fifteen and a half days, towing the big schooner Minnedosa, and returning with 84,000 bushels of wheat.

Arrivals: str. Lindsay, Washburn, 25,000 bushels of rye each for K. & M. F. Co. and M.T. Co.; str. Glengarry and consort Minnedosa, Fort William, 84,000 bushels of wheat for M.T. Co.; str. Parsons, Oswego, 300 tons of coal for R. Crawford.

The whaleback str. Colby, which passed down about three years ago with a consort, arrived at Montreal today with three barges. The steamer and one barge will each have to be cut in two at Montreal to get up through the canals, and will be united here. The two other barges, it is thought, can bet brought up intact.

The Collins Bay rafting company, at the time of the raising of the str. Armstrong, at Brockville, lost a barge named the Gaskin, engaged in the work. It sank, taking with it a quantity of valuable chains, anchors, etc. The company now purpose raising the material found on the Gaskin. A large number of men accompany the outfit, and work will be commenced at once. Though the water is very deep at the point where the Armstrong went down, no trouble is anticipated in reaching the Gaskin.

p.4 A Lake Erie Serpent - Detroit, June 16th - Capt. Alex. McKay, master of the steamer City of Detroit, saw a sea serpent in Lake Erie sporting in his wake and churning the water to foam with its powerful tail. The creature very much resembled an alligator, though it was longer and more slender. Numbers of people have actually seen at different times this or something very like it on Lake Erie, and one has been seen on Lake Huron. One peculiarity about the serpent would seem to be the two flappers or nude wings on either side of the broad portion of the creature's body. It is supposed to resemble the eel, and spend most of its time on bottom.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1896