The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 May 1897

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Port Colborne, May 29th - The steamer Tecumseh and barges arrived here at eleven o'clock this forenoon with the crew of the steamer L. Shickluna, which was in collision with the Tecumseh five or six miles off Long Point about one o'clock this morning. The Shickluna left yesterday evening bound for Cleveland, light, and was abreast of Long Point, when she collided with the Tecumseh. She struck the Tecumseh on her port bow and sank out of sight shortly afterwards. The crew were rescued by the Tecumseh.

The Shickluna is a total loss. She was owned by Sylvester Bros., of Toronto. Capt. Clifford cannot account for the collision, as he was on his course when the boats came together. The Tecumseh was not much damaged, if any, and proceeded for her destination.



The steamer St. Lawrence, light, cleared last night for Chicago.

The barge Adele is loading 19,000 bushels of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Montreal.

The steamer Niagara, Traverse City, timber, is expected to arrive at Garden Island today.

The steamer Rosemount, Fort William, grain laden, was scheduled to arrive in port this afternoon.

The steamer Myles, Duluth, arrived this morning with 40,000 bushels of wheat consigned to the M.T. Co.

The sloop Maggie L. is at Richardson & Sons' elevator with 2,500 bushels of oats, loaded at Wolfe Island.

The steamer Armenia and consorts, Traverse City, timber laden, arrived at Garden Island this afternoon.

The schooner Bavaria, Toledo, timber laden, cleared the Welland canal yesterday bound for Garden Island.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa were discharged today and cleared again for Fort William to reload.

The schooner Dunn arrived at Garden Island yesterday morning, sailing down from the Welland canal in twenty-seven hours, almost steamboat time. She was timber-laden from Toledo.

The carpenters have completed their work on the M.T. Co.'s vessel, the Jessie Bain, which sprang a leak in Anglin's bay last spring. She has been pumped out, and will be ready to commence work next week.

The steamer Denver, light, cleared for Chicago last night. Under cover of darkness she went ashore near Four Mile point. This morning early word was sent to the M.T. company to send a tug to the relief of the stranded steamer but when the tug got out to the point the steamer had worked herself off the reef and cleared.

Kingston's Loss, Prescott's Gain.

Alderman James Stewart, manager of the local branch of the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company's business, received yesterday bills of lading for 120,000 bushels of grain which was consigned to Montreal. The consignees could not receive the grain in that city until about the middle of June, consequently alderman Stewart was obliged to send the entire consignment to Prescott, to be stored in the elevator there until such time as it could be received in Montreal.

It is easy to see the great benefit Kingston would have derived in this case by the possession of an elevator. Were there such an establishment in operation here the grain would have been stored here instead of having to be sent to Prescott, which town received what Kingston should have had. And this is only one of the many cases that are constantly occurring throughout the season of navigation. The elevator bonus by-law will be carried by a rousing majority next month, for Kingstonians cannot afford to allow trade to go past their doors.

Great Was The Break Thereof.

In connection with the breakage of lock seven of the Welland canal system, the government compelled the owners of the steamer Outhwaite, responsible for the damage, to deposit $10,000 in a bank at St. Catharines, bonds being refused. The owners will be allowed to draw interest on this sum while it lies in the bank. Out of the amount deposited the cost of the repairs will be paid, and if there is any money left over it will be returned to the owners of the steamer. It is said the Outhwaite is protected by a "blanket" insurance, which covers damage of all kinds. If this is the case the insurance companies will have to make good the damages to the canal and the steamer, which will touch them up for a few thousands of dollars. Mariners say the banks of the canal will not be replaced before next October, so much earth was carried away.

p.3 The Elevator Discussion - letter from George Richardson claiming that Henry Mooers offered to go into the elevator scheme with him if his two sons were each given $12,500 in paid up stock.

p.4 Wind Wafts - The schooner Bavaria, timber laden from Toledo to Garden Island, was formerly owned by the Calvin company. She has not been down this far for many years. She is of a class of vessels that is gradually disappearing.

On Monday the Calvin company will start its sixth raft from Garden Island to Quebec. It will contain nine drams of timber. This is a record for the month of May, as the entire six rafts will have started within the month. So far this season the Calvin company is the only firm to have rafts enter Quebec harbor.

p.8 General Paragraphs - Capt. McLeod, of the firm of Smith, Davis & Co., marine insurance, Buffalo, is in the city today on marine insurance business.

Thompson & Avery, of Sharbot Lake, are loading a cargo of lumber on the schooner Fabiola at the spile dock, for shipment to the Chilled Plough company, Syracuse, N.Y.

Alderman James Stewart will obtain the coal to fill his contract to supply Rockwood asylum, from Oswego, N.Y., and he, this afternoon, closed a contract with Capt. T. Donnelly, to carry it to this port, in the schooner Grantham.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 May 1897