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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1896

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The tug Active, with four light barges, arrived from Montreal yesterday.

The sloop Laura D., South Bay, arrived this morning with 2,000 bushels of peas for Richardson & Sons.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf on Sunday: str. Alexandria, str. Melbourne, str. Persia, all from Montreal.

The str. Niagara, after discharging a cargo of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, cleared this morning for Niagara to load apples.

The schr. Singapore, Detroit to Kingston, peas, was roughly handled in Friday's blow. Part of her bulwarks were washed away.

The str. Myles, Fort William, arrived this morning with 41,000 bushels of wheat for Richardson & Sons. After discharging she cleared to reload.

The steamer Monteagle, Duluth, 53,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage today. She will clear as soon as discharged for another cargo.

The K. & M. forwarding company's barges Hiawatha, Thrush and Lapwing are freighting coal from Charlotte, N.Y., to Prescott and Brockville at good rates.

The str. Bannockburn, Fort William, arrived yesterday with 66,500 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co. She was discharged and cleared again today for another cargo.

The str. Rosemount, Fort William, arrived Saturday night with 66,900 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co. She was discharged early Sunday morning and cleared for Fort William to re-load.

The lock at Iroquois is out of ordwe and the str. Parthia and a number of barges bound to this port are detained there. This is hard on the forwarding companies as the barges cannot get through with grain for the steamers here.

p.2 The schr. Senora was wrecked in Lake Erie, and five of the crew were drowned. Amongst them was Malcolm McLeod, of Toronto.

Schr. Waukeesha was wrecked in Lake Huron, owing to conduct of a drunken captain and crew, and of the seven persons aboard only one was saved.


Apropos of the sailors' belief that "the rats desert a sinking ship," an incident in the experience of the late Capt. James Hunter was described to a Whig representative a few days ago by a mariner who sailed with deceased.

The narrator was at the time before the mast on the schr. Shannon, of which vessel deceased was mate. The boat was lying at Ogdensburg, and her captain had left her to secure the services of a tug to tow her to Kingston. A plank had been sprung on her way to Ogdensburg, but the carpenter had temporarily repaired the opening thus caused. Shortly after the captain had gone ashore, one of the sailors approached the mate and told him that several dozens of rats were swimming from the vessel to the wharf. The mate and others went to the side, and sure enough, the sailor's statement was true. The tar declared his intention of leaving the boat too, and put his belongings together with that purpose in view. When the captain returned with a tug, several sailors demanded that they should be paid off as they would not remain aboard a ship that had been deserted by the rats. The captain refused to give the men their pay, till they reached this city, and they were therefore obliged to make the trip to this city, in rear of the tug.

No sooner had the schooner been towed to the dock at the foot of Queen street, than she began to sink. She had been leaking badly during the homeward trip and the pumps had been steadily at work. Before the crew could get their goods on shore, the Shannon went to the bottom. Neither Capt. Hunter nor the man who told the Whig the story could ever be induced to sail under similar circumstances, from that day thenceforward.


Had A Rough Time.

Chicago, Nov. 9th - The crew of the barge Charles Walls, arrived in port last night, relates a story of terrible suffering on Lake Superior, where the barge was water logged and roughly handled before shelter was finally reached. Her main mast was carried away and two hundred thousand of her deck load of lumber was washed overboard by a tremendous sea, which swept the vessel her entire length.

The barge was towing behind the str. Argo and a tremendous sea was running. The Argo could do nothing for the imperiled men on the Wall, and they were forced to seek refuge in the rigging to keep from being swept overboard by the waves. The Argo was finally able to pull back to Ashland for shelter, but not until the crew were almost completely exhausted from exposure.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1896