The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1898

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The scow Volunteer arrived in port last evening with a load of lumber and shingles.

A barge for Montreal was loaded with peas and oats at Richardsons' elevator today.

The tug Active arrived in port this morning with seven light barges from Montreal.

The sloop Minnie from Simcoe Island discharged a cargo of oats at Richardsons' elevator yesterday.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa will arrive in port tomorrow with wheat from Duluth.

The steamer Spartan, from Toronto, and steamer Algerian, from Montreal, touched at Swift's wharf today.

The tug Maggie May and barge, from Napanee, unloaded 3,000 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

It is thought the schooner Two Brothers left Oswego yesterday for this port and that the heavy squall last evening caught her on the lake.

Yesterday John Tuttle piloted the steamer Jubilee down to Little Rideau Lake with the houseboat Reverie in tow. The ex-policeman is kept busy at piloting.

The steamer Saturn with wheat from Fort William reached the M.T. company's elevator today. This is her return trip after delivering light house supplies.

Last evening while the steamer Hamilton was lying at Swift's wharf a little bird flew into the saloon, evidently attracted by the light. It's presence was rather appreciated by a number of people on board.

The propeller Melbourne, by striking in one of the St. Lawrence canals, broke two buckets off the wheel. As the propeller had a sectional wheel the buckets were replaced without docking the boat and she continued on her route to Hamilton, leaving here at three o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Thrown Down Stairs - an elderly lady, falls down stairs on Columbian after colision with steamer Alexandria.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consort Augusta are at Garden Island with cargoes of lumber from Lake Superior. The material will be transferred to barges and taken to Montreal.



A collision occurred, last night, at Gananoque, between the steamers Columbian and Alexandria. The hull of the Alexandria, aft, was cut in to the water's edge. The main promenade and hurricane decks were badly cut into, and the after cabin broken in. On arrival here Capt. Donnelly, hull inspector, was called down, and, after temporary repairs were made, the Alexandria proceeded on to Picton, where she will be repaired in time for the usual trip next week.

The Columbian officers say that the accident was not their fault. When the steamer reached Gananoque it was found that the steamer Alexandria had the wharf. The Columbian ran alongside to have her passengers landed through the Alexandria. The Alexandria crew refused to handle the lines and the Columbian officers were forced to back out. The intention was to go to another wharf. The Columbian started ahead and as she did the Alexandria backed out to get away. It was noticed that there would likely be a collision when the captain of the Columbian signalled by three blasts of the whistle. However, the Alexandria backed into the Columbian with serious results. The Columbian, an iron boat, was uninjured.

p.8 Barges Go Aground - Yesterday four barges, in tow of a tug, bound from the Prescott elevator to Montreal, ran aground in Coteau Lake. Two of the barges were easily released, but the rest had to be lightened. The tow proceeded on its way last night, with only the long delay as the result of the mishap.

General Paragraphs - The small damages to the steamer Columbian, sustained in last night's collision were fully repaired before the steamer left on her excursion this afternoon.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1898