The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1897

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p.1 Break In The Welland Canal - Port Dalhousie, Aug. 10th - A break occurred in the Welland canal this morning at 9:30 o'clock. The steamer Britannic bound up ran into lock six and carried away four gates. Navigation is stopped at this end until repairs are made. When this will be it is impossible to state at present.



The steamer Bannockburn and consort Minnedosa, light, cleared last evening for Chicago to load corn for the M.T. Co.

The steamers Rust and Ford, after discharging at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, cleared today for upper lake ports to load for this port.

The tug Walker arrived from Montreal this morning with three light barges. She will return tonight with four grain laden barges.

This morning the steamer Rust, in endeavoring to turn around in the harbor so as to pull into the M.T. Co.'s anchorage, backed on the Barriefield shore, opposite the foot of Queen street, and went aground. She could not be released until part of her cargo had been lightered.

Terrible Hail Storm.

The schooner Echo, loaded with coal from Fair Haven, N.Y., arrived in the harbor yesterday. The crew report that on Friday about four o'clock they encountered a terrible hail storm at the upper gap. The hail stones were as large as hen's eggs and fell with such force as to riddle the sails in many places. One of the crew while attempting to pull in the jib had to turn his back and let the sail go. Two other schooners in the near vicinity stripped their canvas and thus escaped without any loss. [Belleville Ontario]

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Aug. 9th - Down: steamers Hopkins, Toledo to Kingston, corn; Averell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 9th - Down: barge Maggie, Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal, pulp; barge Austin, Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal, pulp; steamer Philadelphia to Montreal, light; steamer Hopkin, Toledo to Kingston, corn.



The R. & O. steamer Passport arrived at Swift's wharf this forenoon from Toronto, where she has been in quarantine for some days. All the members of her crew are in ruddy health and in the best of spirits. Before the vessel left Toronto yesterday every member of the crew was given a bichloride bath, and their clothing and effects were thoroughly disinfected. The vessel herself had been fumigated thoroughly in every part.

No orders have, as yet, been received from the headquarters of the R. & O. line, as to where the Passport is to be laid up, and the local officers are awaiting the receipt of instructions on that point. To a Whig reporter this morning James Swift stated that he thought the vessel would be tied up at this port, but he could not say positively.

The members of the crew speak in the warmest terms of their treatment by the people of Toronto, and the medical health authorities there.....

Wind Wafts - The steambarge Iona struck a rock at Coteau last night, and is leaking rather badly. Her cargo of cement is being unloaded at the Cascades.

The tug Reginald arrived up at Garden Island last night with two barges, light, for the K. & M. F. Co.

The tug Johnston leaves Garden Island this afternoon, with two lumber barges, for Trenton.

The schooner Two Brothers, of Port Hope, is unloading a cargo of coal at Swift's wharf.


Aground On A Shoal.

The pilot on the steamer A.L. Hopkins made a mistake which many other pilots make when entering this harbor, that of hugging the shore too closely instead of keeping the range lights in line and running down the channel in the middle of the harbor where twenty feet of water insures safe passage to the heaviest laden craft.

The Hopkins is from Chicago, having aboard about 35,000 bushels of corn. About ten o'clock, while trying to make the M.T. Co.'s anchorage, she went on the shoal just off the foot of Brock street, on about the same spot as the steamer Omaha found last week. As there is plenty of mud on the shoal the steamer was not damaged.

Can Win Every Time - Henry Cunningham's yacht Chickadee; built by Robinson from a model by Cunningham, "a compromise sloop," sails in 22 foot class.

Snips - The steamer King Ben, Oswego, is discharging a cargo of coal at the ferry wharf.

J. Hanley has accepted the position of second mate of the schooner Fleetwing.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1897