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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1896

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The Monteagle Had To Be Scuttled On Sunday.

Donnelly Bros. expected to get the stranded steame Monteagle off today, when it was thought she would be brought to this port for repairs. The wind blew so strongly Saturday, causing the steamer to pound herself on the rocks, that Capt. Griffith found it necessary to scuttle her to save her from going to pieces. Twelve feet of water was allowed to flow into her hold. About 12,000 bushels of her 50,000 bushel cargo of wheat was saved from damage. The str. King Ben took on about 6,000 bushels and brought the stuff to this port. The str. Coaster, Cape Vincent, secured a like quantity and took it to Cape Vincent. Quite a few bushels were pumped overboard. The Donnelly Bros.' wrecking pumps, with about thirty laborers, were taken out to the scene, Sunday morning, by the str. Pierrepont. The stranded steamer is owned by M.J. Cummings, Oswego, and is valued at $40,000. She was launched at Buffalo in 1884, and has been in the grain carrying trade almost ever since. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 213 ft. 5 inches; beam 35 ft; depth of hold, 19 ft. 8 inches; tonnage, 1,273.017 tons. At the time she struck she was drawing fourteen feet 10 in. Marine men say that if she had not been a strongly built boat she would have gone to pieces with the usage she received by wind and water. She is in good condition with the exception of her deck, which has heaved. The buoy marking the shoal dragged, which threw the pilot out of the channel.

Monday morning the str. Saturn, owned by the Collins Bay Rafting company, laden with 30,000 bushels of wheat, consigned by James Richardson & Sons from Fort William to Prescott, lightened 1,300 bushels of wheat here and cleared for Prescott, going down the American channel. When off the foot of Wolfe Island the steamer struck a shoal and went hard on. She is about a foot out of water at her stern and is resting easy. It is thought she will be floated off easily after being lightened. Very little information concerning the location of the shoal could be learned, but it is thought to be the same one on which the str. Morley struck early in the season. It is understood the Saturn is in good condition, is resting easy and is in no danger of damaging herself unless a gale should spring up. Capt. Lesslie, with a tug and lighter, went to the rescue of the stranded steamer this morning.

About five o'clock yesterday afternoon the sloop Sovereign, laden with lumber from Deseronto to this port, upset off Baker's Point and turned bottom up. The accident was caused by a squall from the south-west. Two men were aboard at the time, but escaped in a yawl boat, landing at the asylum dock. The lumber was thrown into the lake and by the action of the wind was blown ashore of Lake Ontario park, where the sloop also brought up. It is thought the sloop is not injured and beyond the cost of righting her the owner will lose nothing.

Saturday night the str. Rosemount, towing the schr. Dunmore, started up the lake for Fort William to load wheat for this port. During the gale Sunday the tow line broke twice. Capt. McMaugh decided to run back and procure a new line. The two boats arrived here again Sunday night, and after procuring all that was necessary, cleared early Monday morning for the west. The second attempt was more successful, as the steamer and consort got through all right.

The prop. Ceylon arrived at Prescott yesterday and she has a large quantity of damaged wheat. She was out in the big blow on Saturday night and this is the cause. H.A. Calvin and James Stewart went down this afternoon to look over the cargo.

Capt. John Miller, Prescott, in the city yesterday, stated that the Prescott authorities would extend the elevator during the coming winter to the capacity of 1,000,000 bushels. Prescott does not intend that Kingston will recover the grain trade.

The str. Columbian had about 500 people up from Cardinal and places along the river. She arrived in about two o'clock and gave her visitors until five o'clock. The Columbian will return to Kingston to lay up, her season being at a close.

The str. St. Lawrence arrived in this morning to lay up. The St. Lawrence had a very good run during July and August. June was pretty quiet this year, but it was expected. A presidential election always has this effect.

The K. & M. F. Co. is delayed in unloading vessels because of barges being delayed on the river. A steambarge and a couple of consorts have been lying there since Saturday.

The str. North King left Swift's wharf on time Saturday night for Charlotte despite the rough weather. She had a large crowd of passengers and had a safe voyage.

The steambarge Prefontaine and barge Alfred arrived up from Montreal this morning, and are now loading corn at Portsmouth for Montreal.

Capt. Gilbert Johnston, mechanical superintendent of the R. & O. N. Co., is here to look after the laying up of the company's boats.

The str. D.D. Calvin and consort Ceylon, Duluth to Prescott, 90,000 bushels of wheat, passed down the river Sunday.

The str. Bon Voyage did not come down the lake on Sunday. She is now running from Charlotte to Toronto.

The schr. Fleetwing cleared for Charlotte, this afternoon, to load coal for Swift & Co.

The schr. Falconer arrived in from Charlotte, this morning, with coal for Swift and Co.

Calvin's side-wheeler Parthia left for Quebec on Saturday with a barge.

p.2 Gananoque, Sept. 8th - The steambarge John J. Parsons, loaded with coal for the Scranton coal company, which went on to the bar of sawdust just off Squaw Point, Saturday evening, in the gale, was pulled off last evening by the Wanderer, after her return from Ogdensburg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1896