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

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Middlesex, consort of the steambarge Adele Shores, in at the M.T. Co.'s dock, has 16,000 bushels of damaged wheat. The grain is badly wet. The steambarge went down to Prescott. She has 30,000 bushels of corn, also damaged. The British & Foreign Insurance Co. own both cargoes. A survey of the Middlesex was made this morning, when the owners of the boat were freed of blame. The grain will be sold in Kingston by auction as soon as the agent arrives.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. Fabiola has a cargo of coal for Booth & Co.

The schr. Loretta Rooney will be in from Oswego tonight.

The tug Thomson cleared today for Montreal with five barges, grain laden.

The schooner Merritt is in port, waiting for the propeller Tilley to pick her up.

The str. Monteagle, Chicago, 50,000 bushels of wheat, arrived this morning for the M.T. Co.

The tug Active left today for Brockville to bring back the M.T. Co.'s elevator working at the stranded steamer Samoa.

The str. Bannockburn and consorts, Duluth, 222,000 bushels of wheat, are expected to arrive in port tomorrow morning.

The new str. Rosemount, for the M.T. Co., is expected to arrive at Montreal on the 28th inst. She will be reunited either here or at Ogdensburg.

The steambarge Coaster, Capt. Saunders, is in from Smith's Falls, where she delivered a cargo of coal to Capt. Foster. She goes from here to Cape Vincent and then to Oswego. If other freight is ready the Coaster will not trade with Smith's Falls, as the cost of a pilot, tolls, etc., counterbalance the difference in the rates to be had down there. Boats get $1 a ton to Smith's Falls. This is not as good as sixty cents trading on the other side. On account of low water in the canal steambarges cannot be loaded deep.



[Brockville Times]

The collision of the str. Samoa with a rock near Brockville stove a good sized hole into the vessel. The captain did not lose his head, but cutting loose from the schooner he headed around and ran into Watrous Bay, where he successfully beached her. The Samoa saved her distance. Had she been compelled to go much farther she would undoubtedly have disappeared out of sight. As it is she is in the mud about five feet and resting at an angle of forty-five degrees, her stern railing being under water. From the stern, toward the bow, the Samoa is filled about one third with water which covers the greater portion of the cargo of 74,000 bushels of oats.

When the Celtic was left to shift for herself she followed in the tracks of the Samoa and ran high and dry on the shoal. Two steam pumps were immediately started to work at the first sign of leakage, with the result that the cargo of some 48,000 bushels of corn was kept practically dry. The Donnelly wrecking company sent an elevator, the barge Wheatbin and the tug Bronson, in charge of Capt. John Donnelly, jr., to the scene of the wreck. Work was commenced without delay. It was found the pumps on the Celtic, that had been working constantly all night, had done excellent service. The elevator was placed between the Celtic and the barge Wheatbin, and the grain as it was taken out of the Celtic was loaded into the Wheatbin. By half-past ten o'clock 12,000 bushels had been unloaded. This so lightened the Celtic that she floated without any difficulty. The Bronson then took the Celtic and Wheatbin in tow for Prescott. Very little of the Celtic's cargo is damaged, while the damage to the schooner itself is thought to consist simply of a strain of the bottom, which will not incur much expense to repair.

The captain of the Bronson was instructed to return with two barges from Prescott, when operations will be commenced unloading the Samoa. Capt. Donnelly thinks about 15,000 bushels of oats can be saved from the bow. This will be taken out and as much more as will permit the vessel to be pulled out of the mud and floated. Two steam pumps are now in operation on the Samoa. After the Samoa is put into shape for floating she will be taken to Prescott, where the damaged oats will be offered for sale.



The schr. Queen of the Lakes is in at the asylum with a cargo of coal from Oswego.

The barge Acadia is in Davis' dry dock. She is being caulked and receiving other repairs.

Capt. Ira Folger returned from Oswego, today, where he had been engaged in vessel business for some time.

The prop. D.D. Calvin and consort, Lake Superior, and the schr. S.H. Dunn, Toledo, are at Garden Island.

Davis & Co.'s yacht building concern and machine shop is still closed up. A settlement with the creditors has not yet been made.

The Folger line is doing great doubling up" with their boats these days. The Empire State and America have been going night and day lately.

At Chicago the grain movement is dead for the present. Cargoes are almost impossible to get. Charters to Kingston, Niko, Churchill, corn, 2 1/2 cents.

The Donnelly wrecking and salvage company received a telegram this morning to the effect that a schooner had struck about ten miles from Midland with a cargo of corn. There were ten feet of water in her. The name of the vessel is not known.

Capt. T. Donnelly has arrived from the wreck near Brockville. The Celtic was taken down to Prescott last night and today is being unloaded of her corn. She is leaking pretty badly. The Samoa at ten o'clock this morning had 15,000 bushels of dry oats taken out of her. The remainder will be thrown overboard as it is worthless. A diver has been down patching the leak and it is expected she will be gotten out tonight.

A New Channel - Montreal, July 16th - A practical test was recently made of the newly discovered channel through the Split Rock rapids between Coteau and Beauharnois. At the instance of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company soundings were carried on last season, and as a result a new channel to the north of the one heretofore used was discovered. On Saturday Capt. George Batten, one of the men who made the soundings, took the str. Bohemian down the new channel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1896