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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1897

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p.1 Aboard The Steamer Passport - 2 ladies from Kingston on board Passport quarantined at Toronto; passengers will probably have to live in tents on Toronto Island for a while.

p.2 It is said that the construction of the two new barges for the M.T. Co. is not as far advanced as it should be considering the length of time the work has been under way. The staff of workmen is too small, it is said, to carry on the work as quickly as it should be done.


The steam yacht Miltonia called at Swift's wharf yesterday afternoon.

The tug Hall arrived from Montreal last night with five light barges, clearing again with four, grain laden.

The steamer Farewell, after discharging at the M.T. Co.'s elevator, cleared last night for the Welland Canal.

The steamer Pickards, Toledo, arrived in port last evening with 38,500 bushels of corn consigned to the M.T. Co.

The steam yacht Chance, owned by J.H. Arnoldi, of Ottawa, called at Swift's wharf yesterday afternoon, carrying her owner and a small party of friends on a fishing trip.

The steamer Corsican will, for the remainder of the season, run between Toronto and Brockville, meeting the Bohemian at the last named port. This change has been necessitated by the laying up of the Passport.

Mariners well acquainted with the harbor point out the necessity of pilots entering this port with grain cargoes to keep the range lights well in line until well off the M.T. Co.'s long wharf before hauling in. This will keep them well in the channel, where at present there is twenty feet of water to be found. There is no more excuse for a pilot putting a boat on the shoal running north from the shoal tower than in running her on Point Frederick.

About four o'clock yesterday afternoon the steamer Omaha, Chicago, with 52,000 bushels of corn, steamed into the harbor, attempting to make the M.T. Co.'s anchorage. She "got off" the range lights, getting too close inshore, and when off the ferry wharf she found the bottom of the harbor too close to the surface and went hard on the mud which covers the shoal at that point. She was out about a foot forward, but was uninjured and not making any water. She was lightered, floated off, and finally discharged.

Welland Canal Reports.

Port Colborne, Aug. 3rd - Down: steamer Huron City, Sturgeon Bay to Oswego, lumber; Arizona, Duluth to Oswego, lumber.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 3rd - Down: steamer Aragon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Norwalk, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn.

p.6 To Push The Work - spiles being sunk for Mooers elevator to rest on.

General Paragraphs - The captain of the steamer Omaha, while stranded on a mud shoal, is making good use of the opportunity by having the hull of his steamer repainted a soft shade of green.

Called at Swift's wharf today: steamers Algerian, Montreal to Toronto; North King from Toronto; Columbian and Arundell, from Charlotte, N.Y.; Bohemian, from Montreal; Hero, from Belleville.

There Was No Collision.

A rumor was current on the streets this forenoon that a collision between the steamers Algerian and America had taken place near Montreal. Enquiries were made at the local office of R. & O. navigation company, but the story was denied. The Algerian came in at her regular hour this afternoon, and bore no marks nor sign of a smashup. The mate of the vessel stated that there had been no collision, but the America seemed to be attempting to bring about something of the kind, as she "zig-zagged" from point to point, with the evident intention of forcing the Algerian to the shoals.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1897