The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1896

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

The str. Monteagle got through the Welland canal all right Saturday.

The schr. Pilot cleared today for Napanee with 2,000 bushels of wheat.

The schr. Echo cleared this morning with 2,000 bushels of wheat for Picton.

The sloop Idlewild cleared, Saturday, for Gananoque to load peas for this port.

The schr. Annandale, with soft coal from Toledo for Booth & Co., arrived this morning.

The str. King Ben is at Portsmouth discharging the grain saved from the str. Monteagle.

The sloop Idlewild, with 1,500 bushels of oats, arrived this morning for Richardson & Sons.

The schr. Annie Falconer is loading coal at Charlotte today. Her cargo is for Swift & Co.

The str. Algonquin, with 71,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William, arrived this morning for the M.T. Co.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf, on Sunday: str. Persia, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. Melbourne, Toledo.

The str. Columbian, arrived in yesterday noon, will be laid up here. She ran more excursions this year than in previous summers.

The str. America ran an excursion among the islands yesterday, returning last night to make her trip to Cape Vincent this morning.

The sloop Two Brothers, from Consecon with 2,000 bushels of peas and 2,500 bushels of barley, arrived today for Richardson & Sons.

On account of low water in the St. Lawrence canal barges carrying grain to the sea board cannot load deep. There is a blockade at the Gallops canal.

The str. Empire State carried excursions out of Clayton yesterday and today. She is also billed to carry excursions from the same port tomorrow and the day after.

The schr. Fleetwing was expected over from Charlotte on Saturday, but, this morning, had not arrived. The wind has been blowing across the lake the last couple of days, and this has, no doubt, delayed the vessel.

The str. North King had a fairly good number of excursionists aboard yesterday. Owing to a heavy head wind experienced in crossing the lake the steamer was about an hour late in arriving here. She made her last trip of the season to Alexandria Bay, but will continue to touch here each Sunday until the season closes.


Word was received here this morning that a deck hand had been drowned off the str. Passport, at Cardinal, last night. It seems the unfortunate man was in the act of jumping from the guard lock to the Passport and failed to reach the steamer. He fell between the boat and the side of the lock and was drowned before assistance could be rendered. The man shipped on the steamer at Montreal......

In Danger Of Wetting - Saturday the str. King Ben, having in her hold about 6,000 bushels of dry wheat, saved from the str. Monteagle, sprung a leak. She was taken below the bridge and her bow run into the mud. Yesterday she was taken out to the K. & M. F. Co.'s anchorage, Portsmouth. As the leak continued and no barges were convenient into which to dump the grain, the steamer's bow was again pushed into the mud. She is not making much water and it is not expected that a single grain of wheat has been wet. The steamer is keeping her pumps going and can easily keep the water down.

Goes Into Winter Quarters - The str. Passport was delayed a day by the barges blocking the canal at the Galops rapids. It was the barge John Gaskin that stuck in the lock. This was on account of the low water. This morning the water raised sufficiently to float her. The Passport could not come up the Galops because of the low water. The steamer goes into winter quarters at once.

p.4 Steamers Collide - Detroit, Sept. 14th - The passenger steamer City of Mackinac collided with and sunk the steamer William Crossthwaite, yesterday, just below St. Clair flats canal. The Mackinac was about to pass the tow when her wheel chains parted, causing her to sheer towards the Crossthwaite. In backing away after the collision the Mackinac struck the bank and twisted her rudder stock. She returned to Detroit with engines reversed.

A Narrow Escape - Brockville, Sept. 14th - The steambarge Sir Leonard Tilley and consort had a narrow escape from going the bottom of the St. Lawrence last night, a short distance above Brockville. About nine o'clock on Saturday night the steamer was going up the river, light, after discharging a cargo of grain at the Prescott elevator, and in the darkness the pilot got out of the course, with the result that the vessel grounded on a shoal near Refugee Island. Though running under check, she went pretty well on. When the accident occurred the consort cut loose and immediately dropped anchor in deep water, thus avoiding any further catastrophe. The Tilley rested easy until daybreak, when she succeeded in working off without sustaining very material damage, except a bad scraping. A Brockville captain piloted the stranded vessel out of the dangerous shoals and they proceeded westward. The Tilley hails from St. Catherines.

The Body of Dobson Arrived - drowned off str. Passport.

The prop. Saturn went into the government dry dock this morning. Besides other damage her stern post was destroyed.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1896