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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1897

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Saved The Town - Windsor, July 16th - The steamer Alberta has arrived from Fort William with a full list of passengers and a large quantity of freight...

It is conceded that had it not been for the timely arrival of the Detroit fire boat yesterday Windsor would have had one of the most disastrous fires that ever occurred in the city.....

Saving Wrecked Vessels.

The steamer Cuba, owned by Jacques & Co., Montreal, went ashore on Lake St. Francis, near Lancaster light, having on board sixty passengers, and a cargo of iron and wire from Cleveland to Montreal. She was released yesterday afternoon by Calvin & Co.'s tug Parthia. The Cuba was out four and a half feet.

The barge Siren, laden with deals for Montreal broke away from the tug Iona and ran ashore on a shoal in the Rapids duPlat. She was relieved by the tug Reginald with Calvin's wrecking appliances. The current at this point runs twelve miles an hour and is considered very dangerous. Her release is considered the most brilliant wrecking feat on record. The populace viewing it from the banks of the Morrisburg canal gave vent to loud hurrahs for Capt. Tom Brien, Calvin's veteran wrecker.



Corn is quoted from Toledo to Kingston at 2 1/4 c., and from Chicago at 2 1/2 c.

The schooner Wells, Oswego, is discharging 200 tons of coal for Crawford & Co.

The schooner Nellie Hunter cleared today for Oswego, light, to load coal for this port.

The steamer Rust, Toledo, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage today with 40,000 bushels of corn.

The sloop Maggie L., Hay Bay, is at Richardson & Sons' elevator with 4,000 bushels of barley.

The schooner Echo, Belleville, is in port with 4,500 bushels of wheat consigned to Richardson & Sons.

Richardson & Sons are loading a barge with 25,000 bushels of oats and barley at Clarke Bros.' malt house.

The sloop Idlewild, Simcoe Island, is in port with 1,500 bushels of barley consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The steamer Topeka, Chicago, arrived this morning with 90,000 bushels of oats, the first consignment of this grain to arrive here this season from the west.

The R. & O. navigation company's steamer Algerian called at Swift's wharf today on her way from Toronto to Montreal with about 150 passengers and a heavy cargo of freight. The same company's boat Columbian left this port for Montreal, carrying a fairly large number of passengers.

Wheat from Fort William to Kingston is being taken by the transportation companies, and they have offered a contract to deliver wheat at Kingston at the rate of 3 c. per bushel, or 5 c. per 100 pounds, to Toronto of 4 c. per bushel, or 6 1/3 c. per 100 pounds, and to Montreal of 5 c. per bushel, or 8 1/3 c. per 100 pounds, while the lake and rail rate on flour from Fort William to these points is 15 c. per 100 pounds.

The Deputation At Home - The deputation which went to Montreal to interview the Montreal transportation company regarding the retention of its business in Kingston and the building of another elevator, returned this morning. The citizens had a long interview with Mr. McLennan and Mr. Thompson and were given to understand that it was the policy of the company to follow the trade of the St. Lawrence, which certainly was moving to Prescott. Evidence of this fact was shown the deputation regarding 400,000 bushels of grain the M.T. Co. had on the lake at the present time bound down. "If Kingston is not alive to her own interest it cannot blame the M.T. Co." is the way one of the directors put it.

Good Races Expected - by Kingston yacht club.

p.6 Regatta Rules for Regatta - signals for starting the different races. (repeated again tomorrow - given in full)


Thousand Island Park, July 16th - The United States lighthouse supply boat, R.B. Hayes, which has been stationed at the Rock Island light opposite Thousand Island Park for the past two days, has been placing some new Pintsch gas buoys over several of the dangerous shoals in the main channel. One of these buoys was put in place last year at the head of Staple Island, opposite Round Island, which is owned by Charles H. Pierce, of Syracuse. The buoy has now been burning day and night for over a year, and though the flame is so tiny that it can not be seen in the daylight, it is evident for miles around at night. Every season for years one or more vessels have gone ashore on the shoals opposite the Remington cottage on Thousand Island park. The new buoy will doubtless prevent many accidents of this sort.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1897