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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1897

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Idaho Breaking Up Rapidly.

Buffalo, Nov. 10th - Capt. McNeill, of the steamer Crange, arrived in port this morning and says that while passing in the vicinity of the wrecked steamer Idaho he observed two bodies floating and that they seemed to have life preservers on. He reports that the lake thereabouts was covered with wreckage and that the propeller seemed to be breaking up rapidly. The Crange did not stop to pick up the bodies of the unfortunate men, but it is probable that there will be a tug sent there later in the day, under the direction of the Western Transit company.



The sloop Idlewild cleared for bay ports today to load grain for Richardson & Sons.

The sloop Two Brothers arrived this morning with 4,000 bushels of rye for the M.T. company from Bay of Quinte ports.

The tug Thomson arrived in port yesterday with six barges from Montreal and cleared for Oswego with three to load coal.

The steamer Orion, from Chicago to Kingston, corn, and the steamer Business, Loraine to Prescott, railway iron, were the only down vessels in the Welland canal yesterday.

The Toronto Globe publishes a lengthy sketch of Capt. James Quinn, of Oakville, who is master and part owner of the schooner White Oak. Capt. Quinn was married in 1884 to Miss Mullins, of Kingston.

Every Man Saved.

In recording the career of Capt. W.R. Wakely, of the schooner Antelope, the Globe says: "When he was in the schooner Little Kate, bound from Toronto to Kingston, she was driven ashore at Snake Island, near Kingston. She was released without any loss except that a small part of the cargo got wet. It was feared at first that she would go to pieces, and with difficulty the crew got ashore. Many of them were washed off the rocks several times while endeavoring to make their way to the beach, but eventually everyone was saved."


R. & O. Stock Transferred.

Montreal, Nov. 9th - Stock to the value of nearly $300,000 in the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company was today transferred to the Toronto syndicate. The blocks are mostly 100 share lots and the owners are Joseph Simpson, A.D. Benjamin, John Haskin, G.F. Bertram, William Christie, T. Eaton, W.D. Matthews, W.R. Brock, James K. Osborne and J.N. Flavelle. It is understood that the contract for the new boats is already signed.


Canadian Drowned On The Idaho.

Buffalo, Nov. 10th - Richard Williamson, of Niagara Falls, Ont., called at the office of the Western Transit company yesterday, and interviewing the officials of that company regarding the man named Bert Williams, who was drowned when the steamer Idaho sank in Lake Erie last Saturday, stated that Williams was undoubtedly his brother, Robert Williamson, of Hamilton, Ont. The description given by the Transit company of Bert Williams, tallies with that of Williamson's brother.


Alpena, Mich., Nov. 10th - Mate Peter Peterson, of the schooner Emily B. Maxwell, which arrived yesterday, told a strange tale of the flight of the vessel from Canadian waters in an attempt to seize her by a Canadian firm. The Maxwell was in Collingwood, Ont., where her master, Capt. Francis Walters, it is claimed, turned over the vessel's papers to T. Long & Bro., merchants there, for collateral on a loan of $600. The captain claimed he would pay for a cargo of lumber for the vessel. It is alleged that instead of doing this Capt. Walters deserted the ship. The Canadians then claimed the boat, but mate Peterson sailed her away in the night for this port, and at once reported the entire proceedings to the custom house. The Maxwell is valued at $9,000, and Jennie Mullen is given as her owner.


Wants To Be Released.

The council of Wolfe Island will have a meeting on Saturday to consider a letter from Capt. Craig, of the steamer Paul Smith, who desires to be released from the ferry contract between Wolfe Island and the city.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1897