The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1898

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Detroit, Mich., Jan. 28th - A special from Benton Harbor says that the steamer City of Duluth was wrecked off St. Joseph yesterday and has broken lengthwise through the centre, by the heavy sea. She afterwards fell to pieces by the swelling of her cargo of oats. The steamer and cargo was valued at $100,000, with insurance of $70,000 on steamer and $10,000 on cargo.

Mrs. William Tryon, one of the ladies rescued, is dying from the effects of the exposure, being badly frozen on the passage from the wrecked vessel to the dock.



At a meeting of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company directors it was decided to hold the annual meeting on Feb. 5th. It is said that the forthcoming annual statement will be the best in the history of the company.

Extensive repairs are being made at Sorel on the steamers Passport and Bohemian. Both vessels have been stripped down to the hulls. In place of the old arrangement of staterooms, etc., the vessels will have large saloons faced with plate glass, so that a person sitting inside can have a view of the scenery in all directions. On the main deck will be the dining room, instead of in the hold, as before. The stern gangways will be taken away entirely, thus leaving more room on the main deck for the dining rooms. The main saloon roof will be constructed in such a manner that in fine weather they can be utilized as an additional deck.

It is rumored that there will be two new names upon the company's directorate and the gentlemen mentioned are Messrs. Matthews and Osler, Toronto. At present there is one vacancy on the board of directors, and it is said that another director will retire, thus making room for the two Toronto men. [Montreal Star]

Jan. 29, 1898

p.4 Wind Wafts - Repairs and improvements to the steamer New York, the new boat added to the "White Squadron," are nearly completed. She will leave Buffalo for Kingston upon the opening of navigation.

p.6 Merchandise Saved - Benton Harbor, Jan. 29th - During last night all the baggage and several thousand dollars worth of merchandise was taken off the wrecked steamer City of Duluth by means of a tug and scow. It was intended to unload part of the flour in the steamer but the sea increased today making further work impossible.

Jan. 31, 1898

p.2 To Be A Model Building - M.T. Co's new elevator a credit to the city; 290' x 72'.

Incidents of the Day - George T. Davie, shipbuilder, Point Levis, was in the city today.


Directors Appointed.

On Thursday last the annual meeting of the K. & M. F. company was held at Montreal. The directors appointed were: President, F. Ross; vice-president, G. Hall; managing director, W. Stewart, J.B. Carruthers and F.W. Ross. Ald. Stewart was continued as agent at Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1898