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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Sep 1896

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Stuck on the Charity Shoals, Near Pigeon Island.

The tug Lily is in Davis' dry-dock being overhauled.

The schr. Annie Falconer will be in today for Swift & Co.

The str. Saturn, Fort William, wheat, is due to arrive here tonight.

Capt. Cornwall has arrived to take charge of the schr. Queen of the Lakes.

The schr. Nellie Hunter cleared, today, for Oswego, to load coal for this port.

The str. Cadillac, Kingston to Chicago, light, cleared the Welland canal today.

The schrs. Neelon and Muskoka, Marquette, timber, are en route to this port.

The tug Thomson, with four light barges, arrived from Montreal last evening.

The schr. Annie Minnes, from Charlotte, is at the K. & P. spile dock with a cargo of coal.

The schr. Loretta Rooney will be over from Charlotte tonight with coal for Booth & Co.

The str. D.D. Calvin, Duluth to Prescott, wheat, is on the way down Lake Ontario.

The tugs Walker and Thomson cleared today for Montreal with nine barges, grain laden.

The str. Glengarry and consorts cleared at noon today for Fort William for another cargo of wheat.

Capt. Cornwall, late of the schr. Winnipeg, has arrived to take command of the schr. Queen of the Lakes.

The schr. Twin Brothers, after discharging her cargo of peas at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, cleared, light, for Colborne.

The str. Rosemount was successfully floated out of the government dry-dock yesterday afternoon and is now tied up at the M.T. Co.'s dock, being fitted out.

The str. Columbian, running an excursion from Newcastle and other points to Toronto, arrived in port early this morning. She had a rough time coming down the lake last night. It was pretty rough and dishes and chairs were thrown about the deck.

John Donnelly, jr., and E. Charles, diver, returned from Deseronto last night, after laying Rathbun's marine railway. The railway was greatly improved, and when laid a barge loaded with cordwood was put on it as a test. The railway worked perfectly. The water-ways were made about three times stronger.

Yesterday the str. Monteagle, Duluth to Prescott, with 50,000 bushels of wheat, while trying to enter the American channel, struck the Charity shoals, near Pigeon island, and remained fast. The steamer is drawing fourteen feet, ten inches, and there appears to be not more than fourteen feet four inches of water on the shoal, which Capt. Griffith says is in the middle of the channel. It is the first time a shoal was known to exist in this particular spot, and both Capt. Gaskin and Capt. Griffith say it should be marked by a buoy. The steamer is on about midships and can be swung around by use of the screw and wheel. She is not leaking and will escape injury unless the wind comes up strongly, in which case she would pound herself. The tug Active and twenty men worked at the stranded steamer all night, but could not pull her off. It was intended to take over a barge and elevator today to lighten her, but the wind would not permit of this being done. When seen this morning Capt. Gaskin thought of taking over two tugs, as he thought the wind from the south would raise the water on the shoal sufficiently to permit of the steamer being pulled off.

Cannot Advance A Pension - deputy minister of marine & fisheries cannot grant a pension to Cap. Andrews, the blind life-saver and son of Kingstonian.

p.4 General Paragraphs - It is thought the wind from the south, which freshened up this morning, caused the str. Monteagle, ashore on the Charity shoals, to pound, causing her to leak. When the steamer America crossed over from the Cape, this morning, the stranded steamer was flying a distress signal. The tug Active went out again to the relief of the unfortunate boat.

Sept. 7, 1896

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Sep 1896