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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jul 1896

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The schooner Acacia is unloading coal at Swift's dock today.

The steamer Clinton and consort Marquette, timber laden, are at Collins Bay.

The steamer Varuna cleared from Swift's, this morning, for Thousand Island Park.

The tugs Hall and Bronson had a brush, yesterday, while running up light from Ogdensburg. After passing Brockville the two tugs ran up side by side, and kept there until the city was reached, neither side gaining any advantage.

Yesterday afternoon the two tugs Bronson and Hall arrived from Ogdensburg after having delivered two sections of the whale back steamer Colby at the dry dock there. The tugs left Montreal on Wednesday and arrived at Ogdensburg Sunday morning. Not a single hitch occurred in the transfer.

Tug movements - The Jessie Hall and Bronson arrived from Montreal Sunday afternoon, light. The Walker brought up five barges, light. The three cleared today for Montreal with eight barges, grain laden. The Hall and Bronson will bring up to Ogdensburg in two sections the whaleback barge, No. 110.

Yesterday morning the tugs Hall and Wilson raced from Ogdensburg to Brockville. They cleared together, but before many minutes elapsed the Hall showed her stern to her rival and kept increasing her lead. The captain of the Hall says that the only way the Wilson can keep close to his boat while running is by means of a tow line.

Arrivals: str. Glengarry with consorts Dunmore and Minnedosa, Duluth, 129,600 bushels of wheat; str. Pueblo, Chicago, 51,000 bushels of wheat; str. Waterlily, bay ports, 4,359 bushels of peas; schr. Fabiola, Fair Haven, 300 tons of coal for Folger Bros.; schr. Nellie Hunter, Oswego, 350 tons coal for R. Crawford; sloop Volunteer, Rideau canal ports, forty cords of wood for Drury.

Will Be Lost To Kingston.

It is altogether probable that when the new steamer Rosemount arrives from England and is cut in two parts at Montreal, the two sections will be united at Ogdensburg. This will be done because the charges of the Kingston dry-dock are too high; the work can be done at Ogdensburg for a third of the cost which would be incurred were the local dock used. Kingston lost the work of uniting the two whalebacks on this account and it is really too bad that the work to be done on the steamer Rosemount should also leave the city. It means the distribution of a lot of money. When the steamer Bannockburn was brought out from England and cut in two at Montreal the cost of the dock at the last named port, for fourteen days' usage, was $540. The Bannockburn was united in the Kingston dry-dock, fourteen days being occupied in the work, and the dock fees amounted to $1,701, more than three times as high as the Montreal dock charges.

Was Drowned At Clayton - William McCammon, electrician for Thousand Island and St. Lawrence river steamboat companies, looked after electric plant on str. St. Lawrence.

Accident To The Cuba - The prop. Cuba ran foul of a boulder near Farren's Point on her way up from Montreal and knocked off one flange of her wheel. By the aid of a diver the opposite flange was removed so that the wheel would run evenly, and the Cuba went on to Toronto, nearly two days overdue. The boulder had been left in the channel by the dredge at work deepening the passage. The Cuba will be dry-docked at Port Dalhousie.

Bad Night On The River - fog slowed str. America, Capt. Hinckley.

p.2 Another Barge Sunk - The barge Demers, owned by Labrec, Montreal, and carrying a cargo of sand, was sunk on Saturday at Lanoraie. She was insured in the Western Insurance Co. Her owner was at the scene of the wreck when the despatch was sent to Kingston. No other details were sent.


The str. Pueblo, Capt. Stalker, Chicago to Kingston, with 57,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co., arrived here yesterday afternoon. Capt. Stalker reported that at about six o'clock a.m. yesterday he had passed a steamer, the Samuel F. Hodge, that had burned almost to the water's edge, and the timbers of which were still burning fiercely. Her boat tacklings showed that her crew had taken to the boats, and it was afterwards learned that the men had all been picked up by a passing steamer, the St. Joseph. No lives were lost.

It is not yet known how the fire originated, but it was at once apparent that the flames had started in the stern part of the boat. The S.H. Hodge passed through the Welland canal only a short time before the Pueblo. She was bound from Cleveland to Prescott with a cargo of wire. The disaster occurred about fifty miles off Colborne.

p.4 Big Increase In Traffic - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., July 4th - compares June 1895 figures with June 1896.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jul 1896