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

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Petrel arrived at Swift's dock early this morning. She will probably clear for Pictou, N.S., today. Capt. McElhinney went aboard and had a look over the vessel this morning. As soon as a pilot arrives here the vessel will take him aboard and start for salt water.

Stormy Passage.

The steamer Bothnia experienced a rough passage on her last trip down from Fort William. In running down Lake Superior waves washed completely over the steamer, burying her to her rail. Everything moveable was washed away. Two seamen, David Cummings and Peter Rushford, Wolfe Island, were injured by the force of the waves. They were up forward clearing away a coal bunker when a huge wave mounted the rail, throwing blocks of the loosened coal against the two men, whose lower limbs were badly bruised. One had his left ankle cut open, seven stitches being required to draw the flesh together. Some of the men had to stand throughout their watch waist deep in water.



The M.T. Co. has leased Davis & Sons' dry dock for the winter. The elevator Ceres is now rebuilding in the dock.

The steamer Rosemount, grain laden from Fort William, cleared the Welland canal last evening, and is due to arrive here early tomorrow morning.

The steamer Bannockburn, towing the barge Minnedosa, was in the Welland canal today. She is expected at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage early Sunday morning.

The steamer Glengarry cleared for Charlotte yesterday to load coal for the M.T. Co. She will run up to the canal and take in tow the barge Minnedosa, now consort of the steamer Bannockburn.

The K. & M. forwarding company's barge Thrush cleared from Charlotte, N.Y., a couple of days ago with 1,257 tons of coal for Brockville. Her cargo was the largest ever taken from Charlotte by any single vessel.

Both the steamers Bannockburn and Rosemount will make at least one more round trip to Fort William before going into winter quarters here. If the weather will permit and the canals remain open, a second trip will be made.

The steamer Cuba, bound from Montreal to Toronto, lost her rudder when she had reached a point four miles above Dickenson's Landing yesterday.She was taken in tow by the K. & M. forwarding company's tug Reginald, and will be brought to the government dry-dock here, where she will be hauled out and repaired. She is being steered by the barge Iroquois.

p.4 General Paragraphs - The schooner Fabiola is unloading coal at W.G. Craig & Co.'s dock. This is their seventh cargo.

E.C. Gildersleeve is having his ice yacht Spectre overhauled and put in first class condition. The old permanent skates have been removed and those of the rocker pattern substituted. The heavy boom has been lightened, and altogether everything that can be done to improve the speed of the craft is being carried out.

He Stole The Whiskey. - a deckhand on str. Ocean managed to acquire a noticeable "jag" by stealing bottles of whiskey from a case on board.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1896