The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1897

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Was Not Damaged - Morrisburg, May 11th - The str. Ocean ran aground Sunday night at the head of the Morrisburg canal. She was on her way to Montreal. The tug Reginald pulled her off yesterday afternoon. The boat was not damaged.

The Ocean was seized at Cornwall by the government officers for non-settlement of a bill of damages for $6,000 for breaking the lock gates on the canal there last summer. A satisfactory settlement was made and the boat released.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Fabiola is at Swift's wharf unloading 300 tons of coal brought from Charlotte, N.Y.

Swift & Co. expect the schooner Fleetwing to arrive from Charlotte today with a cargo of soft coal.


The schooner Annandale is awaiting inspection at the foot of Princess street.

The schooner Pilot is at Richardson & Sons' elevator with wheat picked up at bay ports.

H.H. Gildersleeve was in Belleville yesterday and booked four excursions for the steamer Columbian.

The schooner S.H. Dunn, Capt. James Dix, cleared today from Garden Island for Toledo to load timber.

The steamer Bothnia, after discharging her cargo of timber at Garden Island, cleared today for Toledo to reload.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa cleared light for Fort William, yesterday, to load wheat for this port.

The steamers Elfinmore, Bannockburn, St. Lawrence, D.D. Calvin, light, passed up through the Welland Canal yesterday.

The barge Harvest, of the M.T. Co.'s river fleet, was floated out of the dry dock this morning after receiving general repairs.

No less than eight sailing craft were tied up at the foot of Princess street this morning. Six of the eight were light, awaiting charters.

Yesterday the steamer Princess Louise towed the steamer Jessie Bain down to Clayton. At that port she will receive a new boiler and general repairs.

The wharf at the foot of Princess street is being extended about twelve feet into the slip, nearly covering up the mouth of the sewer which empties into the slip.

The Rathbuns have decided to put the steamer Nellie Cuthbert on the Gananoque-Brockville route in opposition to the Antelope, with Capt. Cook, formerly of the Antelope, in command.

p.3 Report Referred Back - more information wanted on Mooers elevator company - city council in bad mood. (3+ columns)

p.4 Wind Wafts - The R. & O. navigation company's steamer Spartan, lying at Swift's wharf, is undergoing repairs and refitting preparatory to beginning the season's work. McKelvey & Birch are placing a new pony engine in her.

While the steamer Glengarry was in Lake Superior on her way to this port, E.J. Newall, her engineer, had the misfortune to lose the top of the index finger of his right hand. He was engaged in making some repairs to the machinery when his finger was caught and the first joint nipped off.

The Report Was Untrue - Ald. Mooers did not approach Richardson Bros. to offer his interest in the proposed Mooers elevator company.


May Have Two Elevators.

The latest rumor about town regarding the grain elevator scheme is to the effect that at the next meeting of the city council a resolution will be submitted proposing that the agreement with the Mooers company be ratified, and that a bonus of $35,000 be granted to J. Richardson & Sons to erect, equip and operate an elevator having a capacity of 1,000,000 bushels.

The Harbor Work.

Orders have been received from the public works department, Ottawa, to lay up the harbor dredge outfit, and Captain Paul has been performing that duty today at the dry dock premises. This means cessation of work on the rocky shoals, as it can no longer be carried on with the apparatus formerly in use to advantage. The shoals, too, are no longer in the main channel, as the large boats have to take a course nearer the city. It is expected this channel will be dredged this season by contract, and that Capt. Paul's services will be retained by the department for he is a most efficient and deserving officer.


Toronto, May 11th - W.A. Geddes received word this morning that the steamer Ocean, which left here last Saturday for Montreal, and which was aground at Morrisburg, had broken three gates of lock 6 of Beauharnois canal. The damage will amount to about $3,000. The engineer was signalled to reverse, but instead of that he went ahead. The accident will delay navigation for a day or two, which is the more serious, as there is a big grain fleet on this side.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1897