The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1896

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The K. & M. F. Co. came nearly suffering a severe loss by yesterday's blow. Had it not been that a gang of shovellers was about to begin work, just as the storm was at its height the company would have been seriously handicapped in carrying on business. The force of the wind sent one elevator adrift. The spiles in the dock to which the elevator was lashed were torn out completely. Fortunately the men were present and secured the elevator before it had drifted out far. Another elevator came nearly going to the bottom. A port hole had been left open for the purpose of throwing ashes out of the engine room. The wind caused the elevator to careen over and allowed the water to pour in the open port hole. This was noticed in time to save the elevator from sinking. The water washed in over the long piers.


The schooner Annie Falconer went out to Portsmouth, this morning, to lay up.

The tug Thomson, with four grain-laden barges, cleared for Montreal last night.

The str. Corsican passed down today on her last trip. She proceeds to Sorel, Que., to lay up.

The schooner Fleetwing cleared for Oswego, this morning, to load coal for Swift & Co.

The str. Bannockburn, with consorts Melrose and Selkirk, cleared this morning for Fort William.

The str. King Ben is loading 8,000 bushels of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Montreal.

The str. Princess Louise was floated out of Davis' dry-dock yesterday and the barge Kinghorn entered for general repairs.

The tug Hall, with two grain-laden barges and two of the Standard oil company's barges, cleared for Montreal this morning.

The storm drum has been up for the past four days, indicating heavy weather. It will be kept up until orders come from Toronto that the storm is over.

p.2 Death of a Wealthy Captain - Detroit, Sept. 30th - Capt. T.W. Kirby, stricken with paralysis last Saturday at the Cadillac hotel, this city, died last night. Capt. Kirby was a wealthy shipbuilder, of Grand Haven, where he had lived for forty years, going there as a lumber schooner captain and establishing a ship-yard and becoming a leader in the Michigan barge company. He was sixty five years old. Capt. Kirby's wealth is estimated at over $1,000,000.

p.4 General Paragraphs - In liberating the schr. Case the tug Reginald and str. D.D. Calvin destroyed several large lines. A terrific strain had to be placed on the line to pull the vessel off.

The tug Reginald left, this afternoon, with two barges for Big Sodus to load coal for the K. & M. F. Co.

Frank Quinn, baggage master on the str. Spartan until she laid up, and afterwards transferred to the str. Bohemian, arrived home from Montreal today. The str. Bohemian is being laid up art Sorel, Que.

The schr. Case, aground at Bath Point, was towed into this port this morning. The vessel dragged anchor during yesterday morning's storm and the water being high she went up on the point. She was about two and a half feet on aft and about two inches forward. John Donnelly went up with the tug Reginald yesterday afternoon and pulled at the vessel, but could not liberate her. Early this morning the Calvin company was wired for another tug and the str. D.D. Calvin was sent up. It took the combined efforts of the two steamers to pull the Case off. The vessel will be dry-docked today. She is leaking slightly, but it is not thought her damage will be great. Luckily the vessel was light when the storm came on. She was awaiting the propeller Tecumseh, which tows her up the lakes.

It is feared the schr. Belle, owned by William Pugh, of Racine, Wis., was lost in Tuesday's gale. She left Empire, Mich., two days ago, laden with wood, and nothing has been heard of her since.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1896