The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Oct 1896

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p.1 Runs A Fine Steamer - Capt. Crangle, one of Toronto's most prominent vesselmen, is owner of the str. Persia, and he is proud of that fact and of Capt. Scott, who is master of the Persia. Well might anyone be proud of the record which the Persia has made. When she arrives at the Geddes wharf tomorrow night she will have completed her twenty-fifth trip for the season between Montreal and this port, and, as Capt. Crangle says, "on every trip she has left Montreal and Toronto on the drop of the hat, not one minute behind time." She will make three trips more this season if all goes well. Her record is twenty-eight trips for a season.

[Toronto Globe]



The storm this morning from the south-south-west was much stronger than expected. Fortunately the blow was looked for and preparation had been made to receive it. All the boats along the harbor front were made fast and those that could find shelter in some friendly lea were snugly stowed away. The wind being almost due south it blew up the harbor at a terrific rate, lashing the water into huge billows and cresting each with a fringe of white foam. All the wharves along the front were washed clean and in some instances planks were lifted up and thrown into the angry waters. At the M.T. Co.'s long wharf the waves went clear over a coal pile ten feet high. This particular point was greatly exposed to the fury of wind and waves. So far as could be learned no damage was done.

The water in the harbor has been slightly decreasing for some weeks back, owing to prevailing eastern winds. The present blow will be the means of raising it again to something near its former level.

The str. Parthia, doing ferry service, found it difficult to make a landing at the foot of Brock street this morning. In attempting to make a turn just off the ferry wharf she was blown over on her starboard side, her port wheel being completely out of water. In this position she began to drift and ran good chances of bringing up against some of the adjacent wharves. After a hard struggle her bow was brought around and pointed into the wind, which brought her from beam ends to a level keel. She then beat up past the ferry wharf and tied up at the K. & P. wharf. She had a light passenger list.

The tug Active cleared last evening with three grain laden barges for Montreal.

Owing to the gale this morning arrivals and departures in the marine line were few and far between.

The strs. St. Andrew, Kingston to Buffalo, light; Bannockburn, Kingston to Fort William, light; schr. Queen of the Lakes, Kingston to Pelee Island, light, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Oct 1896