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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1897

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The schooner Nellie Hunter cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Crawford & Co.

One of the new steel barges building at the locomotive works for the M.T. Co. will be launched on labor day with attending ceremonies.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 4th - Up: steamer Nipigon, barges Melbourne and Watson, Ogdensburg to Duluth, light; steamer Farewell, Kingston to Cleveland, light.

Down: steamer Huron City, Sturgeon Bay to Oswego, lumber; barge Maztic, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer Toltic, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

Port Colborne, Aug. 4th - Down: steamer Toltic and barge, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

Up: steamer Rosemount, Kingston to Fort William, light; Shores, jr., Oswego to Buffalo, light.

p.4 May Be Released - quarantined steamer Passport at Toronto.



Some of the Crafts That Have Arrived And Departed During the Past Week.

Steamer King Ben, Bay of Quinte ports, lumber; steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa, Fort William, 87,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Onslow, Chicago, 56,000 bushels of corn; steamer Rust, Toledo, 38,000 bushels of corn; steamer Johnston, Belleville, raft of timber; steamer Ketchum and consort Owen, Chicago, 110,000 bushels of corn; schooner Ballou, Bay of Quinte ports, 3,000 bushels of rye and barley; schooner Pilot, Bay of Quinte ports, 3,000 bushels of peas; sloop Maggie L., Wolfe Island, 3,000 bushels of peas and oats; steamer Elfinmere, Chicago, 42,500 bushels of corn; steamer Arabia, Duluth, 24,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Burton, Oswego, 250 tons of coal; steamer Rosemount and consort Melrose, Fort William, 117,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Lozen, Chicago, 39,000 bushels of corn; schooner Nellie Hunter, Oswego, 375 tons of coal; steamer Farewell, Duluth, 35,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Denver, Chicago, 50,500 bushels of corn; schooner Emery, Toronto, 9,000 bushels of peas; steamer Omaha, Chicago, 52,000 bushels of corn.

p.6 The King Ben Ashore - The steambarge King Ben, while carrying a cargo of coal from Oswego to Napanee, struck a boulder near Waupoose Island, South Bay. She went on easy, and did not damage herself materially. John Donnelly, jr., with a tug, went up to the stranded steamer during the day. Thirty tons of coal were lightered, after which the King Ben was hauled off successfully. The coal was then returned, and the steamer proceeded on up to Napanee.


The sensational stories set afloat regarding the alleged collision between the steamers America and Algerian in the river St. Lawrence are, so far as can be ascertained, very greatly exaggerated.

In answer to enquiries made today it was stated that the vessels were not in the rapids, but just about to pass under the Victoria bridge when the collision is said to have occurred. James Swift, of the R. & O. navigation company, states that the boats did not touch each other so far as he knows. But a citizen who saw the America down the river after the mishap is supposed to have taken place says that her bow was rather badly smashed, and looked as though it had sustained a heavy blow. The Algerian did not carry any marks of a collision.

It is admitted that a serious accident was narrowly averted and each crew lays the blame on the other.

H.M. Folger, of the American line says: "There is nothing at all in the story," and James Swift, of the R. & O. company, makes a similar statement.

Snips - The schooner Grantham is expected in this evening, from Oswego, with a cargo of coal for Booth & Co.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1897