The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1896

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H. Cunningham has laid up his yacht for the season.

The str. Rosemount, with consorts Dunmore and Winnipeg, will clear this evening for Fort William.

The prop. St. Andrews cleared for up the lake today. The schr. Queen of the Lakes was one of her consorts.

The str. Glengarry and consort Minnedosa are expected to arrive here tonight, grain laden, from Fort William.

The schr. Fleetwing is at present at Oswego loading coal for Swift & Co. She is not expected in before tomorrow.

The str. Nichols, with 200 barrels of cement for local hardware dealers, touched here this morning, from Montreal.

The tugs Walker and Active arrived from Montreal, last night, light. The Walker cleared again for Montreal, this morning, with six barges grain laden.

The schr. Fabiola was used as a lighter in unloading the prop. St. Andrews. She came down from Portsmouth today to be unloaded at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

The schr. Fabiola is full of wheat, part of the cargo of the str. St. Andrew. Richardson & Sons' elevator was full, so the Fabiola was chartered for storing purposes.

The sloops Laura D., Simcoe Island, 2,500 bushels of oats; Madcap, Amherst Island, 2,000 bushels of oats; Idlewild, Wolfe Island, 2,000 bushels of peas, are at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

The str. Rosemount with consort Dunmore, Fort William, arrived this morning with 110,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co. This is the first round trip of the Rosemount. She acted well and landed her cargo safely. While running down the lake yesterday, considerable wind was experienced, but it did not interfere with the headway of the steamer.

Word was received here, yesterday, that the str. Ocean had run aground near Brighton. It afterwards was learned that the steamer had been caught in the storm on Saturday night and was making for shelter when she struck the end of Presque Isle. The steamer was pretty nearly loaded with general merchandise and had on board twenty passengers. On Sunday afternoon the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company received a message to go to the rescue, and last night, about midnight, John Donnelly, jr., with a gang of men and lines, left on the str. Chieftain. The cargo will be lightened off and it is expected that the steamer will be relieved this afternoon.


Capt. Jerrald, str. North King, says the storm of Saturday afternoon last, was the worst he experienced in eight years. In crossing from Port Hope to Charlotte the steamer was fairly buried beneath the waves, which washed clean over the lifeboats on the upper deck. The sturdy steamer weathered the storm, however, and arrived safely at Charlotte.

The storm continued in violence during Saturday night. The wind howled and lashed the blue waters of Lake Ontario into foam. So severe were the elements that Capt. Jerrald would not venture out from Charlotte Saturday night. The North King, with about forty passengers, remained tied up to the piers. Sunday morning about 7:30 o'clock, a start was made for Canada. The steamer's bow was turned directly down the lake, and no stop was made until the port of Cressy, near Picton, was reached. All the Bay of Quinte passengers were carried on down to this port, which was reached about half-past four o'clock Sunday afternoon. At five o'clock the steamer left again, going by way of Belleville and Brighton.

General Paragraphs - The sloop Laura brought in a cargo of sand from down the river today.

The sloop Hattie Ann, from Deseronto with bunchwood, arrived in today.

The schr. Annie Minnes is in from Charlotte with coal for the K. & P. R.R.

The tug Maggie May and barge, from Seeley's Bay, had a load of cordwood for Garden Island today.

The str. Nile and barge Isis passed up for Deseronto, today, where her cargo of lumber from Ottawa will be transferred to Oswego.

Folger Bros.' grain from the prop. Monteagle's cargo has not all been sold yet. Capt. Ira Folger went over to Cape Vincent, Saturday, to dispose of the remainder.

Elevator On Fire - About twelve o'clock on Saturday night the K. & M. F. Co.'s elevator was noticed on fire by the watchman. The alarm was given, and the crew of the prop. St. Andrew, together with the company's men, turned out. The blaze was soon gotten under control, but not until considerable damage had been done. The elevator had been used up till nine o'clock, and the fire started from beneath the boiler. The elevator will be hauled out and a survey held. The damage is fully covered by insurance.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1896