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

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p.2 City Must Pay The Bill - letter from deputy minister of marine and fisheries: "Referring to the matter of lighting the clock on the city hall tower at Kingston, a claim for which has been forwarded to this office from year to year, I beg to inform you that the light in question is not of any service in the interests of navigation, and it is not proposed to pay any further claim for this service."



The tug Active left for Montreal this morning with four barges, grain laden.

Capt. G. Batten will take command of the steamer Corsican for the remainder of the sailing season.

The tug Walker arrived from Oswego this morning with three barges coal laden, and continued to Montreal.

The sloop Echo, laden with 1,800 bushels of wheat from Picton, reached Richardsons' elevator last evening.

Captain LaRush's schooner Maggie L. arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning with 4,000 bushels of oats from Wolfe Island.

It is reported that the steamer Arundell, which carried excursionists on the St. Lawrence last summer, has been almost destroyed by fire at Toledo, O.

The steamer Bothnia with the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company's steam pumps on boad arrived from Prescott this morning, after freeing the J.J. Hill from her stranded position.

The steamship Bannockburn, 75,000 bushels wheat; schooner Selkirk, 50,300 bushels wheat, and schooner Dunmore, 43,300 bushels wheat, arrived at the M.T. company's wharf this morning. The two latter came from Fort William.

The tug Thistle is laid up at the locomotive works wharf for the purpose of receiving a new shaft. She is owned by the Lake Ontario fish company. Meanwhile the steamer Jubilee is taking her trips between Bay of Quinte ports and Cape Vincent.

The steamer J.J. Hill left Prescott this morning on her way to Buffalo or Cleveland for repairs. The grounding damaged about 1,400 bushels of her cargo, purchased by the Edwardsburg starch company. Diver Charles, after examining the boat, reported that her injuries would not prevent her from taking a lake voyage, hence she will enter an American dry dock for repairs. Her keel was bent and weakened by the mishap, but no planks were broken.

Steamer On Fire.

Last night fire broke out on the steamer Business, owned by Matthews & Co., of Toronto, at Prescott and did damage to the extent of over $1,000. The steamer was loaded with railroad iron for the new railway between Ottawa and New York. This was being transferred from Prescott to Cornwall. About 7:30 o'clock the captain of the boat noticed flames on the forward deck, which rapidly gained headway under the fresh breezes blowing. Work was suspended and the steamer's pump soon sent a stream of water on the burning part. The steamer Hale, lying nearby, also brought her hose to play on the flames, and the Prescott fire engine was summoned. Before the fire was extinguished the forward deck, a small house standing thereon, and the forward bulwarks were badly damaged. The surveyor estimates that the damage will amount to about $1,000, covered by insurance. As it is only the upper works destroyed the steamer will proceed up the lake before being repaired.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Sept. 28th- Down: steamer Iona, Chatham to Montreal, wheat; Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Aragon, Duluth to Prescott, wheat.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 28th - Down: steamer Stewart, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; schooner Matchett, Detroit to Ogdensburg, wheat; steamer Canistea, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; barge Moravia, Duluth to Ogdensburg, wheat; steamer Morley, Duluth to Prescott, wheat; steamer Murphy, Duluth to Prescott, wheat; schooner Suffel, Cleveland to Hamilton, steel; steamer Frost, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.


The Craft Floated Off.

Calvin company's steamer Bothnia and barge went down the river to the rescue of the stranded steamer J.J. Hill in charge of James Stewart, of Kingston and Montreal forwarding company, and under direct orders from the captain of the Hill. It was after lightering grain into the barge that the steamer floated off and the wrecking apparatus was not called into use.

The Niagara Aground.

The second steamer of the Matthews company's line of Toronto got into difficulty last night in the narrows four miles above Brockville. The Niagara laden with railroad iron from Lorraine for Prescott was due at her destined port at six o'clock. At that hour she was not in sight and Capt. Morgan, her commander, who had preceded the steamer, could not conceive why the delay should have occurred. Later on during the evening a despatch arrived at Prescott, informing him that she had run aground, but was resting easily. The exact spot where she struck could not be learned today, but it is understood that she is not out very far. A lighter was sent out from Prescott to assist her. The steamer Business, damaged by fire at Prescott last night, is the property of the same company, and both steamers were engaged in transferring several thousand tons of iron from Lorraine to Cornwall for use in the construction of the new railroad. Lorraine is situated thirty miles west of Cleveland.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Sep 1897