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

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Lighthouse Supply Steamer Acadia In Port.

Yesterday the lighthouse supply steamer Acadia arrived in port on her way up the lakes to Fort William. The steamer left Montreal on Wednesday, the 3rd inst., and has supplied all the Canadian ligthhouses as far up as this port. In all she will supply about a hundred lights during the trip, which will take two full months in completing. It takes from one to five hours to supply each light, so that passengers will have ample time to view sights in the vicinity at each stopping place. After leaving Hamilton the steamer will have over seventy lighthouses to visit, which will consume about forty days, providing no rough weather is encountered. Before Ontario is left behind the steamer will have spent in the neighborhood of thirty-five days of her cruise. On her route the Acadia will pass through some of the grandest scenery in the world, scenery that Switzerland nor Italy cannot boast of. Passengers will have an opportunity of viewing unsurpassed picturesque landscape from one end of the voyage to the other. Passengers who have taken this trip, meeting as strangers, have regretted its termination and have parted as firm friends.

At this port the steamer took aboard two car loads of coal oil in barrels, 100 tons of coal and a large quantity of general supplies. On board are commissioners P. Harty, wife and daughter, besides a small number of friends. J.S. and Miss Skinner embarked here, and at Toronto and Hamilton fifty more passengers are expected.

The Acadia is commanded by Capt. Clifford, with John Collins as mate, both Kingstonians. George Frend is purser. After completing her mission of supplying the lighthouses the Acadia will load wheat at Fort William for this port. The steamer cleared this morning for the west.


The str. Niagara, Serpent River, timber, is at Collins Bay.

The tug Fearless is undergoing repairs at the slip, foot of Queen street.

The tug Thomson cleared for Oswego, this morning, with two light barges, to load coal.

The str. Glengarry, with consorts Dunmore and Minnedosa, cleared, light, this morning, for Duluth.

The sloop Peruvian is loading 1,500 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Rideau canal ports.

A large raft of timber, being towed down to Quebec, ran upon a shoal near Imperial Isle. It was towed off by the tug Petrel.

Str. America had her machinery overhauled and strengthened today. A large force of men were employed on the work. At four o'clock the steamer took a private excursion party down the river.

Arrivals: sloop Laura D., Wellington, 2,000 bushels of peas; sloop Idlewild, Napanee, 1,500 bushels of peas; schr. Nellie Hunter, Oswego, 300 tons coal; tug Thomson, Montreal, five barges, light.


A Fireman Cremated On The Steamer Hodge.

The steamer Samuel F. Hodge, Buffalo, bound from Cleveland to Prescott with 600 tons of wire, caught fire at three o'clock Sunday morning off Oak Orchard and about half way across Lake Ontario. Before the crew of fifteen men were aware of it the steamer was a mass of flames.

The steamer St. Joseph, Capt. John Preston, Oswego, sighted the burning craft and was soon at her side. One of the owners of the Hodge, Henry C. Farrell, who was aboard, offered Capt. Preston $10,000 to tow the steamer into shallow water, but he had no line and the Hodge's line was burned.

For over an hour the crew of the St. Joseph kept two streams playing on the Hodge, but it was useless, and to avoid being burned to death the Hodge's crew jumped into the lake. All were picked up except one fireman, Martin Deeley. The Hodge burned to the water's edge.

Some of the members of the crew were lucky enough to secure their coats and trousers, while others left the boat with neither hat, shoe nor stocking. Paul Jones, cook, fared worse than any of the rest, as he left the boat with nothing but his undershirt on. Jones was taken care of by the crew of the St. Joseph, who furnished him with clothes. In their hasty exit from the burning steamer many valuables belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Elliot were left behind, including a log book, which the captain has had for years.

The fire caught near the boiler and Deeley is supposed to have been cremated. He shipped in Buffalo, was twenty-eight years old and has a sister in Jersey City. The Hodge was in command of Capt. Lewis Elliot, Detroit, whose wife was also aboard. The Hodge was owned by Farrell Bros., Buffalo, was rated A-2, valued at $25,000 and insured for $18,000. Her cargo, valued at $17,000, is insured. The steamer St. Joseph was badly blistered on one side by the heat from the burning steamer. She reached Oswego at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. Capt. Elliott and crew are loud in their praise of the noble efforts of the St. Joseph's crew to save the steamer and themselves.

p.4 Capt. Dan Rooney has been appointed harbor master at Cobourg, instead of H. Cruso, resigned.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jul 1896